This will be the third head to head matchup for the Avalanche and Coyotes this season. The Coyotes won the first 4-3 in overtime but the Avalanche won the most recent meeting last Saturday by a final score of 4-1. Here's our Avalanche vs Coyotes Prediction and NHL Picks for 12/27/23.
The Avalanche have been impressive offensively, averaging 3.65 goals per game. Key players like Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, and Valeri Nichushkin have been crucial in their scoring efforts. However, their defense has been a concern, allowing 3.03 goals per game. Cale Makar and Devon Toews have been standout defenders, but the rest of the unit has struggled.
Goaltender Alexandar Georgiev has had challenges with a .899 save percentage and a 2.93 goals-against average.
The Coyotes are having a strong season with their offense stepping up, scoring 3.06 goals per game. Players like Clayton Keller, Matias Maccelli, and Nick Schmaltz have been instrumental in their offensive success.
The defense has been the backbone for the Coyotes, allowing only 2.88 goals per game. The defensive unit, led by Sean Durzi and JJ Moser, has been effective in blocking shots and limiting opponents' scoring opportunities.
Goaltender Connor Ingram is having an impressive season with a .916 save percentage and a 2.62 goals-against average.
The Avalanche are favored to win this game. Their strong offensive capabilities, led by MacKinnon and Rantanen, are expected to overpower the Coyotes' defense. The Avalanche's ability to create scoring opportunities and control the game from the onset will be key.
The game is predicted to be high-scoring, considering both teams have effective offenses. The Over on a 6.5-goal total seems likely given the offensive strengths of both teams.
Overall, while the Coyotes have shown promise, especially at home, the Avalanche's offensive firepower and the need to regain momentum might give them the upper hand in this matchup.
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