Detroit Red Wings at Arizona Coyotes
|Date & Time||Saturday March 2, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
Gila River Arena
Arizona Coyotes -175 / Detroit Red Wings +140
The Detroit Red Wings and the Arizona Coyotes meet in NHL action from the Gila River Arena on Saturday night.
The Detroit Red Wings will look to rebound from a 6th straight loss, coming in the form of an 8-1 rout at the hands of Montreal in their last outing. Montreal jumped out to a 1-0 lead with the lone goal of the opening period and made it 2-0 early in the 2nd before a string of 3 goals in 4:50 to push the lead to 5-0 before Anthony Mantha got the Wings on the board with their lone goal of the game. Andrew Shaw responded just 1:01 later to restore the five-goal cushion for Montreal before the Habs added a pair of goals in the 3rd for the final 8-1 scoreline. Jimmy Howard took the loss, falling to 17-17-5 after allowing 6 goals on 22 shots before being pulled in the dying moments of the 2nd period.
The Arizona Coyotes will look to build on their current 5-game winning streak after picking up a 5-2 win over Vancouver in their last outing. Brad Richardson opened the scoring for the Coyotes just after the midway point of the 1st period before Vancouver tied the game at one just 2:03 later. Richardson responded with his 2nd goal of the game just :44 after that to give Arizona a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play. Richardson completed his hat trick just after the halfway point of the 2nd before Alex Galchenyuk buried to give the ‘Yotes a 4-1 lead after the 2nd. Vancouver pulled a goal back but it was too little too late as Richardson scored his 4th goal of the game to seal the deal as Arizona would ride the 5-2 score to the final horn. Darcy Kuemper got the win to improve to 19-14-5 this season, stopping 37 of 39 shots faced in the winning effort.
Detroit is 27-57 in their last 84 games overall and 19-41 in their last 60 road games while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record. Arizona is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall and 4-0 in their last 4 home games while the under is 9-1-2 in their last 12 games against the Eastern Conference. Detroit is 46-18-6 in the last 70 meetings between these two teams and 25-8-3 in the last 36 meetings between these two teams in Arizona.
There’s no denying that the Red Wings have had the bulk of the success in this matchup, but a lot of that success came when Detroit was the better team and was a perennial playoff contender. Arizona and heavy price aren’t usually a mix that I’m interested in, but the fact is that these two teams are heading in completely different directions right now and the Coyotes are actually looking like a surprise team to make the playoffs, sitting one point out of a wild card spot at the time that I’m posting this. The Coyotes could be a team to watch down the stretch, so I’ll start by siding with Arizona in a game that the Coyotes should be able to ride some momentum to win.