The Colorado Avalanche are one step away from the second round of the 2020 Stanley Cup. The No. 2 seed in the Western Conference takes on the seventh-seeded Arizona Coyotes this Wednesday in Game 5 of their first-round series, looking to finish the job.
We have prepared all need-to-know betting tips and trends for Wednesday’s clash between the Avalanche and Coyotes along with our best betting pick, so let’s take a closer look.
The Avalanche missed Vladislav Namestnikov in the previous two games, and the winger is questionable to play in Game 5. Another winger Andre Burakovsky is listed as probable. The Coyotes miss C Nick Schmaltz, while LW Conor Garland is doubtful to play.
The previous two contests went in the over, but the Coyotes’ inefficiency forces the bookmakers to stick with a 5.5-goal line.
What’s at Stake?
As I’ve mentioned, the Avs need one more win to qualify for the second round which means the Yotes are playing with their backs against the wall.
After a 3-2 victory in the opener and a 3-2 win in Game 2, the Avs dropped Game 3. The Yotes pulled off an upset as +150 underdogs, grabbing a 4-2 win thanks to Darcy Kuemper’s 49 saves. However, the Avs bounced back in Game 4 this past Monday, dismantling the Coyotes 7-1.
The Avs have been unstoppable in this series. Even in that 4-2 loss, they 51 shots towards the opponent’s goalie, 28 more than the Coyotes. The Avalanche are a much better team than the Coyotes attacking-wise, and it was obvious over the last week.
The Yotes miss Nick Schmaltz a lot, and Conor Garland’s injury is another big blow for their offense. Arizona is already a poor offensive side, and the Coyotes are in dire straight without these two players. They took only 15 shots in Game 4 while conceding seven goals on 30 shots.
Darcy Kuemper is Arizona’s only hope. The 30-year-old goaltender is 4-4 on the postseason, recording a 2.99 GAA and a .924 save percentage. Kuemper allowed four goals on 22 shots in Game 4 and was replaced by Antti Raanta.
I expect Philipp Grubauer to patrol the crease for the Avalanche in Game 5. Grubauer hasn’t played in a Game 3 loss, while he’s 4-1 with a 1.59 GAA and a .933 save percentage on the postseason.
The Avalanche shouldn’t have any problems finishing the job in five games. They’ve been superb over the last few weeks and deserve a few days off extra. I don’t see how the Coyotes will cope with the Avs’ defense, so give me Colorado to win straight up.
If you want to take a risk, I suggest you bet on the Avalanche to win by two or more goals at +125. Wagering on the over is another intriguing option at +188, but after a couple of high-scoring affairs, I would avoid the totals in this one and stick with the Avs as the Free NHL Pick.