Carolina Hurricanes vs. Arizona Coyotes - 12/6/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Coyotes (13-12-1) at Carolina Hurricanes (9-13-4)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -167 / Arizona Coyotes +128 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Arizona Coyotes and Carolina Hurricanes meet Sunday afternoon at the PNC Arena.
The Arizona Coyotes look for a strong road win after splitting their last eight games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.1 percent of their power plays. Max Domi leads Arizona with 10 goals, Martin Hanzal has 15 assists and Mikkel Boedker has 64 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 81.6 percent of their power play chances. Mike Smith has allowed 56 goals on 577 shots faced and Anders Lindback has given up 20 goals on 231 shots. Smith has allowed 11 goals in his last three games. Shane Doan is questionable with a lower-body injury.
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The Carolina Hurricanes hope for back-to-back wins for the first time since October. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging two goals per game and scoring on 12.2 percent of their power plays. Justin Faulk leads Carolina with eight goals, Kris Versteeg has 12 assists and Victor Rask has 55 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing three goals per game and are killing 74.6 percent of their power play chances. Cam Ward has allowed 46 goals on 453 shots faced and Eddie Lack has given up 24 goals on 178 shots. Ward has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
The Coyotes are 7-22 in their last 29 vs. Eastern Conference and 19-43 in their last 62 games playing on 1 days rest. The Hurricanes are 23-52 in their last 75 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-12 in their last 17 vs. Western Conference. The Coyotes are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Carolina.
The price makes me want to take the Coyotes here. The Hurricanes haven't won back-to-back games in forever and are coming off a game Saturday while Arizona is rested. Also, Arizona has won five of its last seven games in Carolina.