Chicago Blackhawks (24-23-8) at Arizona Coyotes (13-32-10)
|Date & Time||Monday February 12, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Arizona Coyotes +105 / Chicago Blackhawks -116 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Chicago Blackhawks look to continue their recent success in the desert as they take on the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night.
The Blackhawks have hit a rough patch in their season and run the risk of missing out on the playoffs as they can’t seem to generate any consistency in their game and perhaps need a shot in the arm to get back on track with a roster shake up. The Blackhawks have stumbled against pacific division foes as they are 1-5 in their last six against the Pacific and are a woeful 1-9 in their last 10 Monday games but they get a Coyotes team who can’t seem to find a way to win games on home ice despite playing much better of late. Chicago is expected to send Anton Forsberg to the crease here as he will face off against Antii Raanta who will face off against his former team and will look to send the Blackhawks to their sixth straight loss.
The Coyotes meanwhile have just 13 wins in their last 56 games overall but they have been way more competitive over the last month or so and while there are no moral victories for a team that looks poised to finish with one of the worst records in the league they do look as though they will be a competitive group as early as next season. Arizona has been beaten up by most teams this season but they have been particularly bad against teams who have a losing record as they have just six wins in their last 28 meetings and with the Hawks struggling and needing a win I don’t think that trend is bound to snap in this spot.
The Hawks are 0-7 in their last seven games playing on one day’s rest and 1-4 in their last five against a team with a losing record while the Coyotes are 19-39 in their last 58 home games and 1-10 in their last 11 at home against the Hawks. Chicago isn’t giving us much confidence right now but they are the better team and need a spark and a trip to the desert should do it.