Montreal Canadiens vs. Arizona Coyotes - 10/20/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Coyotes (1-1-0) at Montreal Canadiens (2-0-1)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens / Arizona Coyotes--- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ, RDS
The Arizona Coyotes and Montreal Canadiens meet Thursday night in a NHL showdown at the Bell Centre.
The Arizona Coyotes look for a bounce back victory with their second straight road game after a slow 1-1 start. The Coyotes are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Jordan Martinook leads Arizona with two goals, Alex Goligoski has three assists and Martin Hanzal has 10 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing five goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up six goals on 60 shots faced and Louis Domingue has allowed three goals on 11 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed a combined 22 goals in their last five regular season road games. Jamie McGinn and Mike Smith are questionable with injuries.
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The Montreal Canadiens look for another home victory after a strong 2-0-1 start to the 2016-17 NHL season. The Canadiens are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Petry leads Montreal with two goals, Alex Galchenyuk has three assists and Brendan Gallagher has seven shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 1.3 goals per game and are killing 94.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Al Montoya has given up four goals on 105 shots faced and has allowed two or less goals in five of his last nine games. The Montreal Canadiens have outscored opponents 9-2 in their last two regular season home games. Carey Price is questionable with the flu.
The Coyotes are 15-40 in their last 55 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Canadiens are 6-21 in their last 27 vs. Western Conference and 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games. The Coyotes are 2-7-2 in the last 11 meetings in Montreal and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings overall.
Whether Price is able to play or not, the Canadiens have done great with Montoya in net and have an offense that has been able to back him up. The Coyotes have won four of the last five games against the Canadiens, but you have to be impressed with the way Montreal has come out of the gate and Arizona hasn't been the greatest on the road dating back to last season. I'm going to side with the home team to get the job done.