Canucks vs. Coyotes - 1/4/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Coyotes (18-16-4) at Vancouver Canucks (15-15-9)
NHL Hockey: Monday, January 4, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Arena)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -145 / Arizona Coyotes +131 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ, RSNP
The Arizona Coyotes and Vancouver Canucks meet Monday night at the Rogers Arena.
The Arizona Coyotes look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 16.8 percent of their power plays. Shane Doan leads Arizona with 13 goals, Mikkel Boedker has 18 assists and Anthony Duclair has 39 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 79 percent of their power play chances. Mike Smith has allowed 59 goals on 598 shots faced and Anders Lindback has given up 39 goals on 364 shots. Smith has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
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The Vancouver Canucks could also use a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 16 percent of their power plays. Daniel Sedin leads Vancouver with 16 goals, Henrik Sedin has 24 assists and Jannik Hansen has 72 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 78.9 percent of their power play chances. Ryan Miller has allowed 76 goals on 836 shots faced and Jacob Markstrom has given up 26 goals on 328 shots. Miller has allowed 13 goals in his last three games.
The Coyotes are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record and 2-6 in their last 8 Monday games. The Canucks are 2-7 in their last 9 vs. Western Conference and 4-1 in their last 5 home games. The Coyotes are 7-19-1 in the last 27 meetings in Vancouver and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Canucks have been solid on their home ice lately and have gotten the best of the Coyotes over the years. So in a battle between two inconsistent teams, I'm going to side with the team that's playing at home.