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Canucks vs. Coyotes - 11/14/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Arizona Coyotes (6-9-1) at Vancouver Canucks (12-5-0)
Date & Time Friday November 14, 2014, 10:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -206 / Arizona Coyotes +187 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FSAZ+, RSNP
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NHL | Arizona Coyotes (6-9-1) at Vancouver Canucks (12-5-0)
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The Arizona Coyotes and Vancouver Canucks play Friday night at the Rogers Arena.

The Arizona Coyotes have lost three straight games and are sitting at the bottom of the Pacific division. The issue for the losing streak has been an Arizona defense that’s allowing 3.3 goals per game on the season and 10 goals in its last three games. Overall, the Arizona Coyotes have lost seven of their last nine games when allowing three or more goals. Devan Dubnyk has allowed 11 goals on 91 shots and Mike Smith has given up 43 goals on 396 shots faced. Offensively, Mikkel Boedker leads Arizona with six goals, Keith Yandle has 10 assists and Shane Doan has 44 shots on goal. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed just one power play goal in their last three games and has scored just one pp goal in their last five games.

The Vancouver Canucks have won four of their last five games and are sitting pretty in the Pacific division. The Canucks are getting the job done with an offense that’s averaging three goals per game and has produced 10 goals in their last four games. The Vancouver Canucks have won seven straight games when scoring three or more goals. Nick Bonino leads Vancouver with seven goals, Henrik Sedin has 12 assists and Daniel Sedin has 51 shots on goal. Defensively, the Canucks are killing 86.4 percent of their power plays and have allowed one pp goal in their last three games. Ryan Miller has allowed 30 goals on 335 shots and Eddie Lack has given up 17 goals on 163 shots faced. This is the Canucks third home game this month.

The Coyotes are 22-45 in their last 67 road games and 7-16 in their last 23 overall. The Canucks are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 7-1 in their last 8 vs. Pacific. The Coyotes are 6-17-1 in the last 24 meetings in Vancouver, while the home team is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.

Even with the value, it's darn near impossible to back the Arizona Coyotes in this spot coming off a back-to-back. The Canucks are simply playing better hockey, have had rest and are at home. Take Vancouver and the run line to give you more value for your buck. 

Pick:
Vancouver Canucks -1.5

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