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Arizona Coyotes vs. Montreal Canadiens - 12/20/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Montreal Canadiens (17-13-5) at Arizona Coyotes (14-17-2)
Date & Time Thursday December 20, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Arizona Coyotes -125 / Montreal Canadiens +100 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
FSAZ, TSN2
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The Montreal Canadiens and Arizona Coyotes meet Thursday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.

The Montreal Canadiens look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 12 percent of their power play opportunities. Max Domi leads Montreal with 14 goals, Jeff Petry has 18 assists and Jonathan Drouin has 91 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 76.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 77 goals on 779 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 33 goals on 266 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 10 games.

The Arizona Coyotes could use a victory here after losing six of their last seven games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with eight goals, Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 14 assists and Derek Stepan has 88 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 89 percent of their opponents power plays. Antti Raanta has given up 33 goals on 351 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has allowed 39 goals on 429 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or more goals in each of their last seven games.

The Canadiens are 17-38 in their last 55 road games, 0-5 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games. The Coyotes are 0-5 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-7 in their last 8 home games and 1-6 in their last 7 overall. The Canadiens are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Arizona and 14-6-2 in the last 22 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Canadiens last 7 overall. The over is 5-1 in Coyotes last 6 home games.

The plus money with the Montreal Canadiens is probably the way to go in terms of value, but I'm still going to side with the Arizona Coyotes. The Canadiens have been awful when playing on the end of back to backs and continue to stink up the joint on the road. The Coyotes are a more talented team than what their record indicates and they're kind of due for a nice home victory. We're getting a decent price with Arizona on its home ice. I'll take it.

Pick:
Arizona Coyotes -125

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