Arizona Coyotes (7-19-5) at Columbus Blue Jackets (17-10-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 9, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets / Arizona Coyotes --- Over/Under:
Nationwide Arena and the Columbus Blue Jackets welcome the Arizona Coyotes in a Saturday NHL tilt.
The Arizona Coyotes struggled to get their first win of the 2017-18 campaign and are in danger of seeing their season slip away if things don’t turnaround soon. Arizona has lost back to back contests after a 6-1 defeat at the Boston Bruins on Thursday were the team had breakdowns at both ends of the ice. Christian Dvorak scored in the first for the Coyotes with Scott Wedgewood allowing four goals on 32 shots.
David Backes topped an explosive Boston offense with a pair of goals with Brad Marchand, David Kechi, Danton Heinen and Anders Bjork also joining the scoring column. Riley Nash and Patrice Bergeron added two assists each while Tuuka Rask made 20 saves for the Bruins.
The Columbus Blue Jackets were one of he hottest teams in the game with wins in seven of eight before dropping consecutive contests following a 4-1 loss to the visiting New Jersey Devils on Tuesday where the team was dominated at both ends of the ice. Nick Foligno was the lone bright spot for the Blue Jackets while Sergei Bobrovsky absorbed the loss with 32 stops.
The Devils received scoring from Travis Zajac, Taylor Hall, Stefan Noesen and Jesper Bratt. Nico Hischier added a pair of helpers and Hall also logged an assist to support the monster 41 save performance of Cory Schneider.
Under is 4-0 in Coyotes last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and under is 4-0 in Coyotes last 4 vs. Metropolitan and under is 10-1 in Coyotes last 11 games playing on 1 days rest. Under is 8-1-1 in Blue Jackets last 10 vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and Blue Jackets are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and Blue Jackets are 9-2 in their last 11 vs. Pacific. Coyotes are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and Coyotes are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in Columbus and home team is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings.
The Blue Jackets have been very strong in this matchup but the juice has to be knocked down somehow to play Columbus…