The Arizona Coyotes needed a win in the worst way on Saturday. Arizona had dropped their last five games, and they were facing off against the team at the bottom of the West Division. If ever there was a time for a comeback game, this was it.
Arizona got that win, beating the Anaheim Ducks 5-1. The Coyotes have struggled to score this season, and scoring five goals will hopefully give them confidence as they face off against a much tougher opponent tonight.
While the Coyotes were on their five-game losing streak, the Avalanche put together an impressive win streak, winning their last six games. And while the Coyotes have struggled to score, the Avalanche have outscored their opponents 27-7 in that stretch.
Saturday may have been a good win for the Coyotes, but the odds were on their side. They played against one of the league’s worst teams when they didn’t have their star starting goaltender. Tonight, the Coyotes will be playing one of the top teams in the league while they are relatively healthy.
Not like the Avalanche needed any more help, but they have gotten it with the return of Cale Makar. Makar returned to action on March 18th and was hurt since the Coyotes faced the Avalanche on February 26th.
And Makar didn’t waste much time getting going. He had a goal and an assist in his most recent game.
But the Coyotes have beaten the Avalanche before, and they can do so again tonight. If Arizona can get solid goaltending from Antti Raanta or Adin Hill, play defensively sound, and get some timely offense, they can pull out a win tonight.
Players to Watch
Arizona: Jakob Chychrun - Chychrun had a goal and an assist in the Coyotes' last game and he is one of the few Coyotes defensemen to be generating offense. He currently is third on the team with 21 points and has 8 goals on the season.
Colorado: Nathan MacKinnon - With three points in his last game, and a five-game point streak, MacKinnon has been great again this season. He is currently tied for 19th in the league in points scored with 9 goals and 22 assists.
Arizona: Darcy Kuemper (lower body)
Colorado: Conor Timmins (upper body), Dennis Gilbert (face), Erik Johnson (upper body), Pavel Francouz (lower body)
Tonight's game will be at 7:00 pm Arizona time and will air on Fox Sports Arizona, ESPN+, and Fox Sports 910 AM.