- In the previous Coyotes vs. Avalanche matchup, the Avs won 9-3
- Colorado is the West Division leader with 28-4-9
- Arizona is just a place behind the playoff spots with 19-5-18
Tonight’s Coyotes at Avalanche game is the last meeting between these two in the regular season. They met seven times already in 2021, with the Avalanche winning six times and losing once after a penalty shootout. The Avs are favored to win once again, thus extending the Coyotes’ losing streak to four straight games.
Coyotes vs Avalanche Schedule
- Where: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
- When: Monday, April 12, 9:00pm ET
- How to Watch: NHL Network
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Colorado is Back on the Winning Track
After losing 8-3 to Minnesota last Wednesday, Colorado managed to rebound, winning the next two games. The good news is that the Avs are back on the winning track.
The bad news is that in the two games they won, their opponent was Anaheim. And the Ducks are, by far, the worst team in the division.
Tonight, Colorado is facing a tougher opponent. The Coyotes are currently in the #5 place, with a reasonable chance of getting to the postseason. However, the Avs have a fantastic record against this team. In fact, they lost only one of the seven Coyotes vs. Avalanche games in 2021. The one they lost, they lost by penalties, thus getting themselves a point.
The most impressive fact about this year’s Coyotes vs. Avalanche duels is that the one that took place on the last day of March saw the Avs winning 9-3. That remains the highest number of goals the Coyotes have received this season.
Their second-worst defensive performance was in the game against the Golden Knights last Friday, when the Coyotes conceded seven goals.
Arizona’s Losing Streak Unlikely to End Tonight
The Coyotes are currently on a losing streak of three straight games. It all started with a 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, followed by two defeats to the Vegas Golden Knights (one of which was a 7-4 loss).
Before that, they did win three games in a row. Still, they weren’t too impressive in any of those, especially given the fact that two of those games were against the Anaheim Ducks.
As a result, Arizona’s postseason future does not seem as good as it did a few weeks ago. The Coyotes are currently in the #5 place, with one point fewer than the Blues, but also one game more.
Plus, the Sharks and Kings (which are two and three and five points behind them respectively) have played two games fewer.
What this all means is that the Coyotes need to up their game ASAP if they want to qualify for the playoffs. After all, there are only 14 games for them to play, including the Coyotes vs. Avalanche game tonight.
The trouble is that switching back into a winning mode seems very difficult, the reason being that Arizona still has serious problems with injuries.
Arizona’s Injury Problems Continue
Arizona will be without two goalies in the Coyotes vs. Avalanche game, namely, Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta. Both of them have a better save percentage than Adin Hill, who’s been between the pipes in their absence.
Further, defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, who’s played 29 games so far, also remains out. Finally, forward Christian Fischer, who featured in 39 games this season, is out with a head injury.
The Avs, too, have a couple of players missing. However, none of their key men are injured.
Coyotes vs Avalanche Prediction
Who wins the Coyotes vs Avalanche game tonight:
Colorado should win easily. This team has much better players and is a much better run. On top of that, the Avs need a win to get closer to achieving the goal of winning the West Division title.
Avalanche 5 – Coyotes 2
Coyotes vs Avalanche Free Pick:
- Colorado Avalanche -1.5