The New Jersey Devils and Arizona Coyotes meet Friday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The New Jersey Devils look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 20 goals, Taylor Hall has 26 assists and Nico Hischier has 74 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 84.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 29 goals on 196 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 82 goals on 825 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or less goals in six of their last seven games.
The Arizona Coyotes could also use a win here after losing six of their last nine games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Richardson leads Arizona with 11 goals, Clayton Keller has 21 assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 93 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 88 percent of their opponents power plays. Antti Raanta has given up 33 goals on 351 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has allowed 51 goals on 558 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The Devils are 16-35 in their last 51 road games, 3-8 in their last 11 vs. Western Conference and 11-24 in their last 35 overall. The Coyotes are 6-2 in their last 8 Friday games, 1-6 in their last 7 home games and 4-10 in their last 14 overall. The Devils are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Arizona and 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The over is 7-3 in Coyotes last 10 home games. The over is 14-6 in Devils last 20 overall.
The New Jersey Devils are probably playing slightly better hockey than the Arizona Coyotes, but they've been trash on the road and have had little to no success playing in Arizona. The Arizona Coyotes have made me look foolish at times this season, but I'm still saying this is a better team than what they've shown for majority of the season and they should be able to win these toss-up games at home against subpar teams. I'll take the Coyotes and the rather cheap price, as backing the Devils on the road isn't much of an option these days.