New York Rangers (21-14-5) at Arizona Coyotes (10-27-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday January 6, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Arizona Coyotes / New York Rangers --- Over/Under:
The New York Rangers and Arizona Coyotes meet Saturday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The New York Rangers look or a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Michael Grabner leads New York with 18 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 23 assists and J.T. Miller has 63 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 84.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 84 goals on 1,078 shots faced and Ondrej Pavelec has allowed 20 goals on 263 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or more goals in five of their last 10 games.
The Arizona Coyotes also need a victory here after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 17.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with 14 goals, Max Domi has 16 assists and Derek Stepan has 114 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Wedgewood has given up 47 goals on 455 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 50 goals on 587 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed two or more goals in 16 of their last 19 games.
The Rangers are 8-17 in their last 25 road games, 28-12 in their last 40 vs. Western Conference and 7-1 in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest. The Coyotes are 5-15 in their last 20 home games, 33-68 in their last 101 vs. Eastern Conference and 14-41 in their last 55 overall. The Rangers are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Arizona, 19-7-2 in the last 28 meetings and the home team is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings.
The Arizona Coyotes have found a way to win a game here and there recently, but they're still a very young team that has a hard time stringing wins together and playing at home hasn't helped a lick. The New York Rangers have been hit or miss all year and have been awful on the road, but these are games experienced clubs find ways to win, and they've beaten up Arizona over the years. Give me the Rangers here on the road as more of a fade from the Coyotes than anything.