Coyotes vs. Avalanche Game 2 Prediction, Stanley Cup Playoff Odds

Sports Interaction Staff | Updated Aug 19, 2020

After a 3-0 win in Game 1, the Avalanche opened on the NHL odds as the favourites to win Game 2 and take a 2-0 lead in this best-of-7 opening playoff round.

Arizona
33-29-4-4
AT
August 14, 2020, 2:00 PM ET
Rogers Place
Colorado
42-20-7-1
Puckline +1.5 -142
Moneyline +175
Over / Under o +5.5

21%

Betting Action

79%

Puckline -1.5 +118
Moneyline -210
Over / Under u +5.5

21%

Betting Action

79%

Despite controlling most of the game right from puck drop, the Avalanche couldn’t break Coyotes net minder Darcy Kuemper until just after the 13 minute mark of the third period.

The main question for Game 2 is whether Kuemper will be left to carry the team alone again, or the Coyotes can help him out and put some pucks in the net.

Coyotes vs. Avalanche Betting Analysis

The Avalanche finally broke Darcy Kuemper late in the third period and scored three goals in an 83 second span to earn a 3-0 victory in Game 1 and take a 1-0 series lead. The Avalanche controlled the play for most of the game and outshot the Coyotes 40-14.

The game was so lopsided in the Avalanche’s favour that it wasn’t Philipp Grubauer, who posted his second career playoff shutout, earning third star of the game, but the losing goalie, Kuemper.

Arizona Coyotes

In a way, the Coyotes executed according to their game plan. The ‘Yotes play a stifling defensive game and were able to shut down the Avalanche’s high scoring offense, but the Coyotes weren’t able to counterattack at all. The Coyotes had 16 players notching at least a single point in the qualifying round and 11 different goal scores, but the well dried up and they only managed 14 shots in Game 1.

After making 152 saves in the four qualifying games, Darcy Kuemper added another 37 saves in the Game 1 loss of this series. If the Coyotes offense can’t get going in Game 2, they’re going to waste a career playoff performance from their number one goalie.

Colorado Avalanche

It took just over 47 minutes of play, but the ‘Avs made it count when they finally cracked Darcy Kuemper late in Game 1. Nazem Kadri opened the scoring with a power play goal just after the 13 minute mark of the third period, followed ten seconds later by a J.T. Compher goal, before Mikko Rantanen finished the flurry of scoring 83 seconds after Kadri started it. Philipp Grubauer stopped all 14 shots he faced to earn his second career playoff shutout.

Despite controlling the game and not breaking through the stellar goaltending of Kuemper in the first two periods, the Avalanche didn’t seem to get frustrated and stayed with the plan. The Avalanche’s depth on offense and ability to receive secondary scoring from throughout the lineup should continue to wreak havoc on the Coyotes in Game 2.

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