Coyotes vs. Avalanche Game 4 Prediction, Stanley Cup Playoff Odds

Sports Interaction Staff | Updated Aug 19, 2020

Gabe Landeskog, Avalanche, 2020

Darcy Kuemper seemed to singlehandedly will his team to victory in Game 3, making 49 saves to put the Coyotes right back in the series, now only trailing the Avalanche 2-1.

Colorado
42-20-7-1
AT
August 17, 2020, 5:30 PM ET
Rogers Place
Arizona
33-29-4-4
Puckline -1.5 +143
Moneyline -180
Over / Under o +5.5

85%

Betting Action

15%

Puckline +1.5 -171
Moneyline +180
Over / Under u +5.5

85%

Betting Action

15%

The Avalanche continue to be the favourite for Game 4 on Monday at -188 on the NHL odds, with puck drop set for 5:30 p.m. ET from Rogers Centre in the Edmonton hub.  Can Kuemper keep the Avalanche offense from breaking through in Game 4 or will the ‘Avs finally crack this goalie and start lighting the lamp?

Avalanche vs. Coyotes NHL Stanley Cup Odds

The Coyotes made it happen in Game 3 through a monumental defensive effort during a game in which the Avalanche released an onslaught of shots at Kuemper.  The Coyotes were outshot 51-21, but were willing to sacrifice the body by blocking 27 shots.

With a total set at 5.5 goals, the under is favoured at -140.  The total has gone under in six of the Avalanche’s last eight games and five of the last six games between these two teams.

Colorado Avalanche

With two strong options in net, the Avs turned to Pavel Francouz for Game 3, after two solid starts from Philipp Grubauer in Games 1 and 2.  With so few shots against, it’s tough to get a view of which goaltender is playing better, but Francouz had a solid outing with 19 saves on 21 shots in Game 3.  Andre Burakovsky scored for the second straight game and Mikko Rantanen found the back of the net with the extra attacker.

Averaging 39.67 shots per game through the first three games of the series, it seems like only a matter of time before the Avalanche break through.  The main concern for this team is the play of Darcy Kuemper in the Coyotes net.  It’s still too early for Avalanche fans to get nervous, but it’s not unheard of for a goalie to carry a severely outmatched team to an upset playoff win, so you’ve got to think fans would feel more comfortable if the Avalanche can start translating all these shots into a few more goals.

Arizona Coyotes

Derek Stepan’s first period goal to open the scoring of Game 3 was actually the Coyotes first lead of the series.  The ‘Yotes started off strong in the game, but were quickly outmatched by the Avalanche offense, which directed 20 shots at Darcy Kuemper in the first period alone.  Brad Richardson added a second Coyotes goal in the second period before Taylor Hall and Lawson Crouse each scored empty net goals in the third.

The way the Coyotes are playing is not sustainable.  They’re receiving outstanding goaltending from Kuemper, but unless the Coyotes can start directing those shots in the opposite direction and test the Avalanche goalies, it’s pretty unlikely they’ll make it out of the first round.

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