Despite their recent rally, the Coyotes were eliminated from the playoffs race and now they are only playing for their dedicated fans. Phoenix will face Colorado for the last time at Jobbing.com Arena, but they will give their all against an opponent who has no reason to keep on fighting.
Match: Phoenix vs Colorado
Odds: William Hill 1.95
Phoenix prevailed in the recent fixture against San Jose, but with Minnesota winning as well they faced an untimely elimination. It is the first time in four seasons that the Coyotes won’t play hockey in May and they have their poor road record to blame. The two teams were scheduled to meet six times this year, but due to the NHL lockout they only squared off twice and will conclude the series tonight.
Colorado lost both games and the last time they traveled to Arizona they lost by four goals to none in a game that was dominated by the hosts from the first minute until the end. The only bright spot in their rotation is Cody McLeod, as the left-wing scored five times in the last five games but his effort rarely made a difference. Although it sounds far-fetched for Colorado to lose on purpose, two consecutive defeats doubled by two victories for Florida would present a certain advantage. The Avalanche would have priority in drafting the first pick at the end of the season, and strengthen their fading team.
Even if the visitors do their best on the ice and defend their chances in Arizona, Phoenix remains clear favorite to win in regulation time. William Hill prices the hosts at odds that are inching closer to evens, therefore it is worth counting on the Coyotes to win the last home game in 60 min.