Boston Bruins (1-2-0) at Arizona Coyotes (0-3-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 14, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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The Line: Arizona Coyotes -105 / Boston Bruins --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Boston Bruins look for a pivotal road victory as they take on the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night who remain one of the league’s only winless clubs.
The Bruins look to get back in the win column and make a statement to the rest of the Eastern Conference that they are a team to be reckoned with as they match up against the Arizona Coyotes in the desert on Saturday night. Boston comes into this season looking to get back into the conversation as one of the league’s elite teams after falling out of the playoffs in the first round a season ago, and while they have had some pieces come and go they still have a pretty solid core and should be in the running for top spot in the Atlantic this season. The B’s are expected to send Anton Khudobin to the crease here as he will face off against Louis Domingue who has become the Arizona starter after a few years as a backup behind the vacated Mike Smith who was sent to Calgary in the offseason.
The Coyotes head into tonight’s contest as losers of their last five games and have yet to find the win column this season, and while that is bound to end soon they don’t exactly instill a lot of confidence at the books as they don’t have a very deep roster. Arizona does have some budding young talents in the form of Max Domi and Anthony Duclair and have one of the league’s best defenders in Oliver Ekman-Larsson but overall they are very thin and won’t be in the mix for a playoff spot any time soon if they can’t add a piece or two through a trade or via the NHL draft. The Coyotes are 1-6 in their last seven games against Atlantic division foes and with the B’s having their way against teams from the Pacific I don’t think it’ll matter that the Bruins are starting their backup goalie in this spot.
The Bruins are 2-6 in their last eight overall and 12-4 in their last 16 against the Western Conference while the Coyotes are 2-6 in their last eight home games and winless in their last four Saturday games. The Bruins are the deeper team and while Arizona should get in the win column soon I don’t see it happen here against the B’s.