Arizona Coyotes (13-18-5) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (8-25-4)
January 6, 2023 8:30 pm EDT
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -147 / Arizona Coyotes +118; Over/Under: +6
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The Arizona Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks meet Friday in NHL action at the United Center. The Arizona Coyotes have lost 6 of their last 9 games. The Chicago Blackhawks have lost 8 of their last 9 games.
The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 21 percent of their power play opportunities. Lawson Crouse leads Arizona with 14 goals, Clayton Keller has 22 assists and Shayne Gostisbehere has 80 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 72.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Karel Vejmelka has given up 93 goals on 957 shots faced, and Connor Ingram has allowed 39 goals on 319 shots.
The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Max Domi leads Chicago with 11 goals, Patrick Kane has 20 assists and Seth Jones has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 73.2 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Petr Mrazek has given up 56 goals on 458 shots faced, and Arvid Soderblom has allowed 48 goals on 453 shots.
The Coyotes are 23-52 in their last 75 road games and 18-40 in their last 58 overall. The Blackhawks are 14-38 in their last 52 home games and 12-42 in their last 54 overall. The over is 4-0 in Coyotes last 4 overall. The under is 4-1 in Blackhawks last 5 overall. The favorite is 14-6 in the last 20 meetings. The under is 24-11-2 in the last 37 meetings in Chicago.
I’m not running to the window to back either of these losing teams, but if forced to pick, I’m not sure how you turn down the Coyotes and the plus money. The Chicago Blackhawks have just 8 wins on the season, and no team has hurt bettors more this season than them. The Blackhawks in the favorite role regardless of competition is just weird to see. Give me the Coyotes and the plus money.