The Avalanche and Coyotes are set to face off at 9:00 ET on ALT. The Coyotes will host the game at Mullett Arena in Tempe, AZ. The Avalanche are favored in this Central division showdown. The game's over/under is currently at 6.5 goals.

COLORADO AVALANCHE VS ARIZONA COYOTES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Arizona Coyotes +1.5

This game will be played at Mullett Arena at 9:00 ET on Wednesday, December 27th.

WHY BET THE ARIZONA COYOTES:

  • Even though they are considered 1.5-goal underdogs, our projection points to a 4-3 win for the Coyotes.
  • We like the Coyotes on the moneyline (+135)
  • The Coyotes are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Will the Avalanche Live Up to Expectations on the Road?

For the season, the Avalanche currently hold an overall record of 21-11-2. On the road, Colorado has gone 7-7-2 and they are 14-4-0 at home. This record has them sitting 2nd in the Western Central division and 4th in the Western conference.

Regarding the puck line, Colorado comes in with a 17-17 record. On the road against the puck line, they are 5-11, while their home record is 12-6. The average goal total for Colorado's games is sitting at 6.7. The average over/under line for the season is 6.3. The Avalanche come in with an over/under record of 18-14-2.

In their last three games away from home, the Avalanche have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 0-3 vs the spread. The team's offense averaged 1 goals per game in these contests.

Offensively, the Avalanche come into the game at 3.6 goals per contest placing 2nd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 4th position in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Avalanche offense is 3rd in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 9th in the NHL.

Colorado's leading goal scorer is Nathan MacKinnon. So far this season, he has 18 goals, placing him 9th in the NHL. MacKinnon also comes into the game with 36 assists.

Defensively, the Coyotes come into the season ranked 14th in goals allowed. Opponents are averging 31.1 shots per game against Arizona. For the season, they are ranked 3rd in shutouts, coming in with 4 shutouts.

Goalie Alexandar Georgiev gets the start and has made 27 starts this season. His record at this point is 17-8, and his save percentage is 0.9795918367346939%.

Can the Coyotes Hold Strong at Home?

As they head into their game vs. the Avalanche, the Coyotes have a 17-14-2 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 11-5-0, and they have 6-9-2 mark on the road. This record has them sitting 5th in the Western Central division and 8th in the Western conference.

Against the puck line, Arizona is 17-16. Their road puck line record so far is 9-8 while sitting 8-8 at home against the puckline. Games involving Arizona have an average of 6 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.3. In terms of their over/under performance, the Coyotes come in with a record of 18-14-1.

Through their last three home contests, the Coyotes offense has averaged 2 goals per game while allowing an average of 3. Arizona posted an overall record of 1-2 while going 1-2 ATS.

In terms of their offensive performance, the Coyotes are averaging 3.1 goals per game this season, putting them in the 19th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 29th in the league. Arizona's offense comes into the game ranked 10th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 27th in the NHL.

Arizona's current leading scorer is Michael Carcone. This season, he has 14 goals, which puts him 36th in the NHL. Carcone also comes into the game with 5 assists.

Defensively, the Coyotes are currently 14th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 31.1 shots per game against Arizona. They also are 3rd in shutouts, coming in with 4 shutouts.

Goalie Karel Vejmelka gets the start and has made 13 starts this season. His record at this point is 5-7, and his save percentage is 0.6428571428571429%.