Arizona Coyotes vs. Boston Bruins - 10/17/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Bruins (1-3-0) at Arizona Coyotes (3-1-0)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Gila River Arena)
The Line: Arizona Coyotes -110 / Boston Bruins +100 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, FSAZ
The Boston Bruins and Arizona Coyotes square off Saturday at the Gila River Arena.
The Boston Bruins could use a big road victory to climb out of an early 1-3 hole. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power plays. David Krejci leads Boston with three goals, Jimmy Hayes has three assists and David Pastrnak has 13 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 4.5 goals per game and are killing 71.4 percent of their power play chances. Tuukka Rask has allowed 14 goals on 91 shots faced and Jonas Gustavsson has given up two goals on 22 shots. Rask has allowed three or more goals in five of his last six outings. Brad Marchand and Joe Morrow are questionable.
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The Arizona Coyotes look to keep the puck rolling after a fast 3-1 start to the season. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 7.7 percent of their power plays. Anthony Duclair leads Arizona with four goals, Max Domi has three assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 18 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 0.7 goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their power play chances. Mike Smith has allowed five goals on 123 shots faced and Anders Lindback has given up one goal on seven shots. Smith has allowed two or less goals in five of his last 10 outings. Antoine Vermette is questionable with a lower-body injury.
The Bruins are 8-2 in their last 10 games following a win and 3-9 in their last 12 vs. Western Conference. The Coyotes are 15-36 in their last 51 home games and 3-13 in their last 16 vs. Eastern Conference. The Bruins are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Arizona and 6-0 in the last 6 meetings overall.
It's been a while since the Coyotes have beaten the Bruins, and Boston is the more desprate team as it can't afford to fall too far behind so early in the season. I'll take Boston on the road for the even money.