Chicago Blackhawks (30-17-5) at Arizona Coyotes (16-27-6)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 2, 2017, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Arizona Coyotes +138 / Chicago Blackhawks -153 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Chicago Blackhawks look to continue to beat up on the league’s doormats as they skate into the desert to face off against the Arizona Coyotes.
The Blackhawks head into Arizona looking to get back in the win column and continue their pursuit of a Central division title and with a 6-1 stretch in their last seven Thursday games and the Coyotes being among the league’s worst they are in a good spot to do it again. Chicago has enjoyed sustained success against the Pacific division as they are 32-14 in their last 46 games and with the cluster of players they have on their roster it is no wonder why they have had success against some of the league’s best teams and even more so against the league’s also rans. Chicago will likely send Corey Crawford to the crease in this one as he will match up against Mike Smith who returns after being the lone representative at the all star for Arizona over the weekend.
The Coyotes have had another tough season and will likely be in the mix for a top three draft pick in the offseason as they have holes all over the place and will likely lose a piece or two at the trade deadline. Arizona has been better at home of late though as they have won five of their last seven games at the Gila River Arena and while they have their work cut out for them here and they don’t have the track record against the Central division of late they should be able to put up a fight against the Hawks on this night.
The Blackhawks are 6-2 in their last eight against a team with a losing home record and 6-1 in their last seven Thursday games while the Coyotes are 2-6 in their last eight Thursday games and 16-37 in their last 53 overall. Chicago has too much depth here to allow the Coyotes to get the win and while the price isn’t great they should have no trouble.