Edmonton Oilers at Arizona Coyotes
|Date & Time||Saturday March 16, 2019, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
Gila River Arena
Arizona Coyotes -135 / Edmonton Oilers +116
CBC, Sportsnet, City, FS-Arizona
The Edmonton Oilers and the Arizona Coyotes meet in NHL action from the Gila River Arena on Saturday night.
The Edmonton Oilers will look to rebound after a 6-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils in their last outing. New Jersey opened the scoring in the 1st before Sam Gagner responded just 2:03 later to tie the game at one. Alex Chiasson gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead but it wouldn’t hold as Jersey tied the game again by the end of the opening frame. New Jersey broke the game open in the 2nd by scoring 3 unanswered goals to push their lead to 5-2 before Matt Benning pulled a goal back for Edmonton. That was as close as the Oilers would get though, as Jersey potted a 6th goal in the 3rd period short-handed to seal Edmonton’s fate in the end. Mikko Koskinen took the loss, falling to 21-16-4 after allowing 4 goals on 18 shots before being pulled in the 2nd period.
The Arizona Coyotes will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 6-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks in their last outing. Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Jason Demers scored 1:44 apart to give the Coyotes a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Edmonton would pull a goal back early in the 2nd before Vinnie Hinostroza restored the two-goal lead and pushed it to three with pair of goals, making it 4-1 after the 2nd. Hinostroza completed the hat-trick late in the 3rd followed by a last-second goal from Mario Kempe :49 later to push the lead to the 6-1 final. Darcy Kuemper got the win to improve to 24-16-5 on the year after stopping 36 of 37 shots faced in the winning effort.
Edmonton is 3-13 in their last 16 games against a team with a winning record and 5-2 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 11-4-2 in their last 17 division games. Arizona is 8-1 in their last 9 home games and 10-2 in their last 12 games overall while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win. Edmonton is 12-29 in the last 41 meetings between these two teams and 6-15 in the last 21 meetings between these two teams in Arizona.
Edmonton’s been playing well lately, so the plus money holds some value, but the fact is that Arizona is playing better hockey over a longer timeframe, have had a lot of success against Edmonton in the past and are fighting for a playoff spot. The Coyotes have quietly been one of the hottest teams in the league over the last month, and the fact that we keep getting these kinds of prices with the Coyotes is a gift. A gift that I’ll gladly accept so give me Arizona to keep their momentum going with another W.