Vancouver Canucks at Arizona Coyotes
|Date & Time||Thursday February 28, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)|
Gila River Arena
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +123 / Arizona Coyotes -150 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The Vancouver Canucks and Arizona Coyotes meet Thursday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The Vancouver Canucks could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 26 goals, Bo Horvat has 25 assists and Brock Boeser has 151 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 80.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 132 goals on 1,503 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed three goals on 39 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 11 games.
The Arizona Coyotes look for another win after winning seven of their last nine games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Galchenyuk leads Arizona with 14 goals, Clayton Keller has 28 assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 139 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 96 goals on 1,146 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 33 goals on 351 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Canucks are 19-42 in their last 61 games as a road underdog, 2-6 in their last 8 games as an underdog and 3-8 in their last 11 overall. The Coyotes are 4-1 in their last 5 home games, 15-39 in their last 54 Thursday games and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The Canucks are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Arizona and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings. The under is 4-0 in Canucks last 4 overall. The under is 5-2 in Coyotes last 7 overall.
The Arizona Coyotes are not only playing their best hockey of the season, but they've won eight of the last 10 meetings against the Vancouver Canucks, which includes a 3-2 overtime win last week. The Canucks are on the end of a back to back that included a shootout loss, so this has become an even tougher schedule spot with short rest. Not to mention the Canucks have been held to two or less goals in six of their last eight games, while the Coyotes have become a reliable offensive squad out of nowhere during this stretch. I have to side with the Coyotes at home and the extremely reasonable price.