The Colorado Avalanche are in the midst of an historic
slump and they are clearly the worst team in the NHL right now. On Friday,
they’ll be overmatched as they go on the road to face Phoenix.
Phoenix has won eight of 10 and currently hold the
fourth-most points in the Western Conference.
The Coyotes are the pick here but given the juice, are
they the best bet on this contest?
Avalanche Can Win Because…:
Is there a reason to bet Colorado right now? Is there
anyone that consciously bets a team that has just three wins in their last 27
The curse might be goaltender Brian Elliott, who is
having a nightmare of a season. With the Ottawa Senators, he endured a rough
stretch that saw him win just twice in 24 starts. Since Colorado acquired him,
he has just two wins in 11 starts. It’s hard to believe that he won nine of his
first 13 starts this season, which means he’s lost 30 of his last 36 starts.
The only good thing to say about the Avs recently is that
they have been losing closer contests. Three of their last four losses have
come by one goal and it shows that they have been somewhat competitive.
It’s not much to cling to, but it’s something.
Coyotes Can Win Because…:
The Colorado Avalanche are a pitiful excuse of a hockey team right
It seems like there have been a few hideous losing
streaks in the NHL this season from the Ottawa Senators pathetic run to the
Edmonton Oilers forgettable spells, but now the Avalanche are carrying the
They have just three wins in their last 27 games, which
is utterly shocking for a team that was seven games above .500 on January 24th.
Phoenix is at the other end of the spectrum right now after
winning eight of their last 10 games. The biggest difference between the teams
in this matchup will be between the pipes where Coyotes netminder Ilya
Bryzgalov finished the month of March 8-4-1 with a 1.98 GAA.
About the only thing not to like about the Phoenix Coyotes in
this contest is the price tag. Obviously, when you get in the neighborhood of
-275 or -300, it becomes a riskier investment than Nortel but as far as the
on-ice matchup, everything points to Phoenix.
Outlook & NHL
There’s no question who the NHL pick in this contest has to
be: it’s the Phoenix Coyotes. Without a doubt, it would be pretty difficult to
handicap this contest any other way than a Coyotes win – at least on the side
But this isn’t an office pool; this is betting with real
money, which means you simply can’t lay this type of juice on a hockey game.
If you’re going to bet the Coyotes, lay the puck line.
The total might be a safer play overall as Bryzgalov has
been lights out recently and this series rarely plays over anyways. Four of the
last five meetings in Phoenix have stayed under and eight of the last 11
overall have as well. The under has connected seven straight times for the
Coyotes and look for them to make it an eighth on Friday.