Game 5 update: The Avalanche won 7-1 on two goals apiece from Nathan McKinnon and Nazem Kadri and clinched the series.
Game 4 update: The Avalanche won 7-1 on two goals from Nazem Kadri and five other players finding the net.
Game 3 update: The Coyotes won 4-2 behind 49 saves by goalie Darcy Kuemper.
Game 2 update: The Avalanche won 3-2 on a third period goal by Andre Burakovsky.
Game 1 update: The Avalanche won 3-0 on three goals in the third period.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs have arrived! The puck drops for the first round of the playoffs on August 12th, and while it might be four months later than expected, it’s better than nothing!
The NHL wrapped up the qualifying round over the weekend and we have the bracket set for the playoffs. The Colorado Avalanche claimed the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference in round robin play, while the Arizona Coyotes upset the Nashville Predators in the qualifying round to claim the No. 7 seed.
The Avalanche had the second best record in the Western Conference, finishing second to the St. Louis Blues in the Central division. Colorado beat St. Louis and Dallas in round robin play, but lost 4-3 in overtime to Vegas to fall short of the top seed. Philipp Grubauer ended up getting two games in goal during the round robin schedule, and had a 2.45 GAA and .914 save percentage. Nathan MacKinnon led the team with a goal and two assists.
The Coyotes were the 11th seed in the Western Conference qualifying round. They were four games under .500 when play was suspended in March and facing the 6th seeded Nashville Predators. After splitting the first two games, the Coyotes won the next two to win the series 3-1. Goalie Darcy Kuemper was key, starting all four games and giving up 2.77 goals per game while posting a .933 save percentage.
Below is a full rundown of the Avalanche-Coyotes series and how to watch it. The NBC games are all available at NBCSports.com/live. The Avalanche win the series 4-1.
Avalanche vs. Coyotes series info
Game 1: Avalanche 3, Coyotes 0
Game 2: Avalanche 3, Coyotes 2
Game 3: Coyotes 4, Avalanche 2
Game 4: Avalanche 7, Coyotes 1
Game 5: Avalanche 7, Coyotes 1