Wed, Mar 10, 2021
By Jim Vassallo (Veri.bet Writer)
The NHL race to the playoffs is in full swing as the Arizona Coyotes visit the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, March 10, at 9 PM ET. These two teams are sitting in the middle of the pack in the West Division.
The Avalanche (13-8-2, 6-4-1 at home) plays host to the Coyotes (12-10-3, 5-3-0 on the road) at the Ball Arena. Both of these teams are in need of points to keep pace with the first-place Las Vegas Golden Knights. The top six spots in the West are separated by only seven points.
Colorado sits just five points out of first place, while Arizona sits just six points out of the top spot. Colorado has won two of the first three games in this eight-game regular-season series. After tonight, the teams will meet again three more times in March and once in April.
In the first three games, Colorado has outscored Arizona 11-7, including a dominating 6-2 victory in the second meeting.
The injury report is exhaustive for the Avalanche, with five players listed compared to just one for the Coyotes.
Defenseman Cale Makar has been added to the injured reserve as of March 9. Listed as day-to-day are left-wingers Matt Calvert and J.T. Compher, defenseman Conor Timmins, and center Nathan MacKinnon.
Goalie Darcy Kuemper has been added to the injured reserve as of March 10 for the Coyotes.
Arizona has won two in a row, including a 3-2 victory over Colorado, and will be looking to secure a sixth consecutive win on the road. In the last 10 games, the Coyotes have a 5-4-1 mark, averaging 2.7 goals scored per game and allowing 3.0 goals per game.
Colorado has lost two in a row but is 5-3 in the last eight games. In their previous 10 games played, the Avalanche are 5-4-1, scoring an average of 2.9 goals per game, while allowing an average of 2.9 goals per game.
A win in regulation would catapult the Coyotes ahead of the Avalanche in the standings by one point and put them in a tie for third with the Minnesota Wild if they lose against the Golden Knights tonight. If you are a Coyotes fan, you will want to root for Wild to win so Arizona climbs closer to the top spot in the division.
A win in regulation for the Avalanche would add a little bit of breathing room between Colorado and Arizona. A victory would move Colorado closer to the top of the division standings with plenty of time left in the regular season.
Are you ready to place a bet on some NHL action tonight? If so, the Coyotes and Avalanche should provide some excellent entertainment. The -215 money line is with Colorado and so is the puck line of -1.5. The over-under for the contest is set at 5.5 goals. Your best option when placing a bet on tonight’s West Division showdown is to put money on the -1.5 puck line for Colorado.