Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri (91) and Seattle Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) in the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, in Denver. The Avalanche won 4-3. Kadri is the team leader in assists for Colorado, which plays host to the Arizona Coyotes Friday. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Arizona Coyotes (8-23-3, eighth in the Central) vs. Colorado Avalanche (22-8-3, second in the Central)

Denver; Friday, 9 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Nazem Kadri leads Colorado into a matchup against Arizona. He ranks fourth in the league with 48 points, scoring 13 goals and recording 35 assists.

The Avalanche are 13-4-1 against Western Conference opponents. Colorado has scored 142 goals and leads the league averaging 4.3 goals per game. Mikko Rantanen leads the team with 16.

The Coyotes are 3-9-0 against opponents from the Central. Arizona serves 13.0 penalty minutes per game, the most in the NHL. Liam O’Brien leads the team serving 74 total minutes.

The teams meet Friday for the first time this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Kadri leads the Avalanche with 35 assists and has 48 points this season. Andre Burakovsky has six goals over the last 10 games for Colorado.

Clayton Keller leads the Coyotes with 26 points, scoring 12 goals and adding 14 assists. Lawson Crouse has four goals over the last 10 games for Arizona.

LAST 10 GAMES: Avalanche: 8-1-1, averaging 4.4 goals, 7.9 assists, 4.2 penalties and 9.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with a .908 save percentage.

Coyotes: 3-6-1, averaging 3.1 goals, 5.1 assists, 5.3 penalties and 13.7 penalty minutes while allowing 3.8 goals per game with an .887 save percentage.

INJURIES: Avalanche: Bowen Byram: out (personal), Gabriel Landeskog: out (covid-19), Darren Helm: day to day (lower body).

Coyotes: Scott Wedgewood: out (health protocols), Barrett Hayton: out (hand), Cam Dineen: out (health protocols), Jakob Chychrun: out (upper body), Anton Stralman: out (health protocols), Jay Beagle: out (lower body).

The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar

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