Arizona Coyotes (11-20-5) at Calgary Flames (19-17-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 31, 2016, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Calgary Flames -205 / Arizona Coyotes +184 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Arizona Coyotes look for a rare road victory as they head north to take on the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome on Saturday.
The Coyotes have had a tough go to start the season but perhaps a road win to end of 2016 can bring them good fortune for the year to come as they try to claw their way back into the mix in the Pacific division. Arizona has but 11 wins in their first 36 games and are second to last in the Western Conference sitting only in front of the Colorado Avalanche and against a team in Calgary who is surging over the last couple of weeks they are on track for another tough outing, especially against a good home team. Mike Smith is expected to get the call in the Arizona crease as he has had a respectable start to the year despite the losses, while he will match up with Chad Johnson who has stolen the starter’s role in Calgary and seized it for his own.
The Flames meanwhile look to stay hot and claim their seventh win in 10 tries in a pretty favourable home match up with the Coyotes who have dropped five in a row against Pacific division rivals. Calgary started off incredibly slow and many thought their season could be in trouble when Johnny Gaudreau went down with ain injury but they have rebounded nicely and should take this opportunity to improve their home record that has been a bit of a disappointment for them this season as that is usually their saving grace. Calgary still has the edge in the offensive zone in this game as they have more forward depth and will look to use it to their advantage on this night.
Arizona is 13-38 in their last 51 road games and 2-9 in their last 11 road games against a team with a losing home record while the Flames are 8-2 in their last 10 against the Western Conference and 1-4 in their last five Saturday games. Arizona is in too deep here as the Flames have the edge in almost every facet as the home side cruises.