Arizona Coyotes vs. Las Vegas Golden Knights - 10/7/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Las Vegas Golden Knights (1-0-0) at Arizona Coyotes (0-1-0)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Gila River Arena)
The Line: Arizona Coyotes -141 / Las Vegas Golden Knights +114 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, FSAZ
The Vegas Golden Knights and Arizona Coyotes meet Saturday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The Vegas Golden Knights look for another victory after winning their NHL debut over the Dallas Stars. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. James Neal leads Vegas with two goals, Cody Eakin has one assist and David Perron has five shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing one goal per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up one goal on 46 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed zero goals on zero shots. The Vegas Golden Knights were outshot 30-46 in their first game ever and still managed to come out with a victory.
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The Arizona Coyotes look for a bounce back performance after losing their season opener to the Anaheim Ducks on the road. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on 50 percent of their power play opportunities. Max Domi leads Arizona with one goal, Alex Goligoski has three assists and Clayton Keller has six shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing five goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Louis Domingue has given up five goals on 41 shots faced. Domingue has allowed three or more goals in four of his last five games. The Arizona Coyotes hope to avoid their first 0-2 start since the 2012-13 season.
The Coyotes are 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games, 3-9 in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-10 in their last 14 overall. The under is 15-5-3 in Coyotes last 23 Saturday games and 7-3 in Coyotes last 10 overall.
I mentioned earlier that the Coyotes were a team I was watching closely, as I think they can be better than expected, and they should have beat the Ducks in their debut on the road. Catching the Vegas Golden Knights on the end of a back-to-back, a new team that has to be on cloud nine after Friday night, should result in a victory. If Vegas allows so many clean looks again, the Coyotes should cook in this game often. I'll side with the Coyotes to get the nod here.