Arizona Coyotes vs. Vancouver Canucks - 11/23/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Vancouver Canucks (7-10-2) at Arizona Coyotes (6-9-2)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Gila River Arena)
The Line: Arizona Coyotes / Vancouver Canucks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: RSNP, FSAZ
The Vancouver Canucks and Arizona Coyotes square off Wednesday night in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The Vancouver Canucks could use a feel good road victory after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Canucks are averaging 2.1 goals per game and are scoring on 12.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Daniel Sedin leads Vancouver with six goals, Bo Horvat has four assists and Henrik Sedin has 25 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 29 goals on 281 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed 26 goals on 258 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed two or more goals in eight straight games.
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The Arizona Coyotes also look to get back on track after losing five of their last seven games. The Coyotes are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 13.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Radim Vrbata leads Arizona with six goals, Jordan Martinook has five assists and Brad Richardson has 25 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 76.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Louis Domingue has given up 37 goals on 377 shots faced and Mike Smith has allowed 10 goals on 129 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed two or more goals in all 17 games this season.
The Canucks are 17-37 in their last 54 road games and 3-12 in their last 15 overall. The Coyotes are 3-7 in their last 10 Wednesday games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Canucks are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings.
Neither one of these teams has been easy to back given their losing stretches. However, the Coyotes have been more consistent than the Canucks, and Vancouver has downright horrible on the road dating back to last season. Also, the home team has won 11 of the last 16 games between the Canucks and Coyotes. I have to side with Arizona at home.