Montreal Canadiens (22-27-7) at Arizona Coyotes (15-32-10)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 15, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Arizona Coyotes / Montreal Canadiens --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Montreal Canadiens and Arizona Coyotes meet Thursday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The Montreal Canadiens need a victory here after losing six of their last eight games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 20 goals, Alex Galchenyuk has 20 assists and Max Pacioretty has 198 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 113 goals on 1,214 shots faced and Charlie Lindgren has allowed 19 goals on 250 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Arizona Coyotes look for another victory after winning three of their last four games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 17.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with 16 goals, Derek Stepan has 26 assists and Christian Dvorak has 96 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 79.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Wedgewood has given up 63 goals on 587 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 75 goals on 931 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 12 games.
The Canadiens are 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games, 1-8 in their last 9 road games and 5-11 in their last 16 vs. Western Conference. The Coyotes are 7-21 in their last 28 home games, 21-52 in their last 73 Thursday games and 34-71 in their last 105 vs. Eastern Conference. The Canadiens are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Arizona, 14-5-2 in the last 21 meetings and the road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Arizona Coyotes are enjoying their best stretch of the season, which isn't saying much, but wins in three of their last four is just that. The Montreal Canadiens are ice cold right now, and are on the end of a back to back and playing on the road, two things they haven't handled well. I'll take the Arizona Coyotes here on their home ice even if it is more of a fade from Montreal than anything else.