Arizona Coyotes vs. Vancouver Canucks - 3/11/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Vancouver Canucks (25-34-9) at Arizona Coyotes (21-35-11)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 9:00 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 meet Sunday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The Vancouver Canucks could use a feel good win here after losing seven of their last nine games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Boeser leads Vancouver with 29 goals, Henrik Sedin has 41 assists and Thomas Vanek has 121 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 77.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 130 goals on 1,437 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 75 goals on 759 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 12 games.
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The Arizona Coyotes could also use a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 16.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with 18 goals, Derek Stepan has 30 assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 158 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Wedgewood has given up 63 goals on 587 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 86 goals on 1,130 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or more goals in five of their last eight games.
The Canucks are 27-56 in their last 83 road games, 13-40 in their last 53 games playing on 1 days rest and 32-69 in their last 101 overall. The Coyotes are 0-4 in their last 4 Sunday games, 19-42 in their last 61 games playing on 0 days rest and 6-2 in their last 8 home games. The Canucks are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Arizona, 9-4 in the last 13 meetings and the under is 20-6-3 in the last 29 meetings.
The Arizona Coyotes may be on the end of a back to back and may suck in those spots, but making a case for the Vancouver Canucks in their current form isn't easy. The Canucks are having a hard time putting together anything postive right now and have just four road wins since December. The Arizona Coyotes are a young club that's enjoyed some recent success and is playing with some confidence. I'm backing Arizona at home.