Avalanche vs Coyotes Prediction - NHL Picks 12/27/23

Arizona Coyotes (17-14-2) vs Colorado Avalanche (21-11-2)

Game Info: Wednesday, December 27, 2023 at 9:00 pm (Mullett Arena)

Betting Odds: Arizona Coyotes +138 / Colorado Avalanche -166 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Colorado Avalanche will play the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday night at Mullett Arena in Tempe, Arizona. Colorado has won three of their last four games, while Arizona had their winning streak snapped in their last game. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Avalanche vs Coyotes prediction.

Avalanche Preview

The Colorado Avalanche are 21-11-2 this year after they defeated Arizona by a score of 4-1 in their last game. Colorado scored the first four goals in this game, but did allow a goal in the third period to lose the shutout. The Avalanche out shot Arizona by a total of 26-25 and went 0-2 on the power play in the game. Colorado defeated Ottawa by a score of 6-4 in the game prior to Arizona, but lost to Chicago before that. Colorado is scoring 3.65 goals per game and they are allowing 3.03 goals against per game, while going 23.6% on the power play and 83.3% on the penalty kill. Nathan MacKinnon has led Colorado with 18 goals, 36 assists, and 153 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Colorado is Alexandar Georgiev, who is 17-8-1 this season with a 2.93 goals against average and a .900 save percentage. 

Coyotes Preview

The Arizona Coyotes are 17-14-2 this season after they lost to Colorado by a score of 4-1 in their last game. Arizona trailed 4-0 in the third period, but got a goal from Alexander Kerfoot to avoid the shutout. The Coyotes recorded 25 shots on goal and went 1-3 on the power play. Arizona had won their previous four games against San Jose (twice), Ottawa, and Buffalo. The Coyotes are scoring 3.06 goals per game and they are allowing 2.88 goals against per game, while going 23.2% on the power play and 80.2% on the penalty kill. Clayton Keller has led Arizona with 12 goals, 18 assists, and 98 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Arizona is Connor Ingram, who is 12-7-0 this year with a 2.62 goals against average and a .916 save percentage. 

Arizona Coyotes Team Facts

  • The Coyotes have lost nine of their last 10 games against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The Coyotes have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last five games following a road loss.
  • The Coyotes have won the second period in four of their last five games at Mullett Arena.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in five of the Coyotes' last six night games against opponents on a winning streak.

Colorado Avalanche Team Facts

  • The Avalanche have lost three of their last four games as favorites against Central Division opponents.
  • The Avalanche have failed to cover the puck line in six of their last seven games against Central Division opponents.
  • The 'Over 2.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in four of the Avalanche's last five games as favorites.
  • The home team has won the third period in six of the Avalanche's last seven games.

Arizona Coyotes Player Prop Facts

  • Michael Carcone has scored at least one goal in five of his last six appearances against Central Division opponents at Mullett Arena.
  • Matias Maccelli has recorded at least one point in 10 of the Coyotes' last 11 home games against Western Conference opponents.
  • Jakub Voracek has recorded at least one assist in five of his last six appearances against the Avalanche.

Colorado Avalanche Player Prop Facts

  • Nathan MacKinnon has recorded at least one point in each of the Avalanche's last 18 games.
  • Nathan MacKinnon has recorded at least one assist in each of the Avalanche's last seven games.
  • Valeri Nichushkin has scored at least one goal in four of the Avalanche's last five games as favorites.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Arizona Coyotes are one of only four teams to win a game when trailing by 2 or more goals after Period 1 this season.
  • The Arizona Coyotes rank 29th in the league for Period 3 goals scored per game this season (0.79).
  • The Colorado Avalanche rank 1st in the league for Period 3 goals scored per game this season (1.38).
  • The Colorado Avalanche rank T3rd in the league for power play goals this season (30).

Avalanche vs Coyotes Betting Prediction

Colorado was able to get a 4-1 win against Arizona in the game before the holiday break, but Arizona did win the first meeting between these two teams in overtime. The Coyotes have won four of their last five games and they are 11-5-0 at home this season, while Colorado is only 7-7-2 on the road. I think this is a spot where Colorado may come out sluggish after the break and it is never easy to beat a team twice. Take the Coyotes at home here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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