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?

The Colorado Avalanche Can Win Because…:

Miracles happen?

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 games?

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.

The Phoenix Coyotes Can Win Because…:

The Colorado Avalanche are a pitiful excuse of a hockey team right now.

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 torch.

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 Betting Prediction:

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 play.

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.

Pick: Under