Arizona Coyotes (3-5-1) at Carolina Hurricanes (0-6-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 1, 2014, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +111 / Arizona Coyotes -122 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Arizona Coyotes and Carolina Hurricanes square off Saturday night at the PNC Arena.
The Arizona Coyotes have lost five of their last six games and have yet to win a road contest. The Coyotes defense has gotten them in trouble this season, allowing 3.7 goals per game and 10 goals in their last three games. Devan Dubnyk has allowed six goals on 54 shots and Mike Smith has allowed 27 goals on 202 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed at least one power play goal in three of their last six games, and they’ve lost 11 of their last 12 games when allowing three or more goals overall. Offensively, Mikkel Boedker leads Arizona with five goals, Keith Yandle has eight assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 35 shots on goal. The Coyotes have scored three power play goals in their last three games and have the second best percentage at 26.5 percent.
The Carolina Hurricanes have yet to win a game and will play just their third home contest of the season. Defense is what the Hurricanes struggle with the most, as they’re allowing 3.9 goals per game and have given up 15 goals in their last three games. Anton Khudobin has allowed 13 goals on 119 shots and Cam Ward has allowed 16 goals on 100 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have lost 22 of their last 23 games when allowing three or more goals. Offensively, Carolina hasn’t been much better with an average of 1.9 goals per game and scoring just one power play goal in their last six games. Jiri Tlusty leads the Hurricanes with five goals, Andrej Sekera has three assists and Victor Rask has 18 shots on goal. It’s just been another tough year for Carolina fans.
The Coyotes are 20-44 in their last 64 road games and 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. The Hurricanes are 0-4 in their last 4 home games and 7-19 in their last 26 vs. the Pacific. The Coyotes are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Carolina, while the road team is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.
The Carolina Hurricanes have to win eventually, right? While the road team has controlled this series, neither team has been playing all that well and we're getting the plus money with the home team. This is a game that could go either way, so the vaue is on the home dog here.