New York Rangers vs. Arizona Coyotes - 10/23/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Coyotes (1-3-0) at New York Rangers (3-2-0)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers -233 / Arizona Coyotes +180 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ, MSG, NHL
The Arizona Coyotes and New York Rangers clash in a NHL game Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Arizona Coyotes could use a nice feel good win to snap a rough three-game losing streak. The Coyotes are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 11.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Richardson leads Arizona with two goals, Alex Goligoski has three assists and Jordan Martinook has seven shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 4.5 goals per game and are killing 84.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Louis Domingue has given up 10 goals on 61 shots faced and Mike Smith has allowed six goals on 60 shots. The Arizona Coyotes need to improve their defense if wins are going to come, as they’ve allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 11 games. Mike Smith is questionable with a knee injury.
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The New York Rangers look for back-to-back wins for the first time after beating the Washington Capitals on Saturday. The Rangers are averaging 3.8 goals per game and are scoring on 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Kreider leads New York with three goals, Mika Zibanejad has four assists and Rick Nash has 17 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 10 goals on 92 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed four goals on 31 shots. The New York Rangers have scored 12 goals in their last three games and two of their three wins so far have come at home. Dan Girardi and Pavel Buchnevich are questionable.
The Coyotes are 2-5 in their last 7 Sunday games and 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest. The Rangers are 2-6 in their last 8 Sunday games and 19-8 in their last 27 vs. Pacific. The Coyotes are 0-7 in the last 7 meetings in New York and 3-13 in the last 16 meetings overall.
It's been a while since the Coyotes have had success in New York, and Arizona has had little to no success against New York overall over the years. The price is horrible and the Rangers are playing on the end of a back-to-back, but New York is the better team here and the Coyotes haven't looked sharp defensively. The Rangers should have their way on the offensive end and get the victory here.