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Colorado Avalanche vs Arizona Coyotes Pick & Prediction, Sat Jan 15 09:00 PM

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Logo Colorado Avalanche
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Logo Arizona Coyotes
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OPENNER
6.5

-1.5 -160
CURRENT
6.5o -115

-440
MONEYLINE
+350

5
SCORE
0

The Colorado Avalanche look to bring their home success on the road when they visit the Arizona Coyotes in the second half of a back-to-back, home-and-home set on Saturday.

The Avalanche took the opener 4-3 in a shootout in Denver on Friday, earning their 13th consecutive win on home ice. Colorado is 8-6-2 as the visitor.

"Whenever you're winning 13 in a row at home, a lot of things are working," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. "We're getting the goaltending we need, special teams, power play's been good over that stretch -- with probably the exception over the last couple games when it's just been OK. Not quite good enough.

"But five-on-five, different contributions, different guys, good depth going through the lineup, and the top guys have been playing real well and capitalizing on their chances."

Colorado is 6-0-1 in its past seven games and 11-1-1 in its past 13.

Nazem Kadri scored the shootout winner for the Avalanche and has been on a tear since the end of November. He produced six goals and 17 assists in a 13-game point streak that ended against Arizona, as shootout goals are not part of the official stats.

"The year he's having is just incredible," Avalanche forward Tyson Jost said. "You just look at that shootout move, the patience he has with the puck and the skill and the poise. It's pretty outstanding. He does it on a daily basis every night. He's doing something that's pretty special with the puck."

The Coyotes scored three unanswered goals after the Avalanche jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Colorado tied it.

Despite the loss, the Coyotes are hoping to build off the effort.

"I think (Clayton) Keller's short-handed goal, that was something that we really rallied around and got us some momentum," said Arizona assistant coach Phil Housley, who is running the bench with head coach Andre Tourigny in COVID-19 protocol. "All in all, I think you've got to give it to our guys."

Arizona is 3-2-2 in its past seven games and earned points in consecutive games for the second time during that stretch. The Coyotes will be looking to extend a point streak to three games for only the third time this season.

"If we work hard and play for each other, then even when we're down two goals we can keep our heads up," said Coyotes goalie Ivan Prosvetov, who saved 44 of 47 shots Friday. "Our veteran guys were doing a good job of pushing us."

Goaltender Karel Vejmelka (4-13-1, 3.17 goals-against average) could get the start for Arizona on Saturday.

Avalanche goalie Darcy Kuemper, who played four seasons with the Coyotes before being traded in the offseason, is expected to start in what would be his first game against his former team.

Pavel Francouz was in net for Colorado on Friday, and he yielded three goals on 26 shots.

Including a five-game victory in a 2020 Western Conference first-round playoff series, the Avalanche are 11-2-1 in their past 14 games against the Coyotes.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Colorado Avalanche
5
1
Arizona Coyotes

Colorado Avalanche vs. Arizona Coyotes Recap MAR 23TH 2021

Nazem Kadri scored a pair of power-play goals and had an assist as the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Arizona Coyotes 7-1 Monday in a Western Conference first-round playoff series in Edmonton, Alberta.

Matt Nieto, Joonas Donskoi, Cale Makar, Matt Calvert and Mikko Rantanen also scored and goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 14 saves for the second-seeded Avalanche, who have a 3-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series.

Colorado can close out the series in Game 5 Wednesday afternoon.

Jakob Chychrun scored for Arizona and Darcy Kuemper stopped 18 of 22 shots before being pulled after the second period. His replacement, Antti Raanta, allowed three goals on eight shots.

After a scoreless opening 14 minutes, the Avalanche scored three times to take a 3-0 lead after the first period.

Nieto opened the scoring, taking a cross-ice pass from Calvert and having the puck deflect off his skate and over Kuemper.

Kadri scored his first with the man advantage at 16:07. Rantanen's shot was stopped by a scrum in front of the net, but Gabriel Landeskog was able to chip the puck to a wide-open Kadri at the left post and he put it into the empty side of the net.

Kadri's second power-play goal came at 19:39. Nathan MacKinnon weaved through several Arizona defenders to get to the net for a shot on goal, with Kadri chipping the rebound past Kuemper to make it 3-0 in a period in which the Avalanche had a 12-3 advantage in shots on goal.

The Avalanche extended the lead to 4-0 at 11:37 of the second as Donskoi converted a one-timer off a pass from Andre Burakovsky on a two-on-one rush.

The Coyotes finally got on the scoreboard on Chychrun's power-play goal at 13:31 of the second. Chychrun's heavy wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle beat Grubauer high to the stick side.

It took the Avalanche just 19 seconds to score on Raanta in the third period. Makar skated past an Arizona defender at the blue line and beat Raanta with a backhander.

Calvert took a pass from MacKinnon from behind the net and scored at 2:57 of the third to make it 6-1.

Rantanen capped the scoring at 16:24.

--Field Level Media

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