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Edmonton Oilers vs. Arizona Coyotes - 1/16/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona Coyotes (13-23-6) at Edmonton Oilers (23-15-7)
Date & Time Monday January 16, 2017, 9:00 PM (EST)
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The Line
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -230 / Arizona Coyotes +205 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Arizona Coyotes look to continue their success against the Edmonton Oilers when the two sides meet up in Alberta on Monday night.

The Coyotes have had a tough start to the season but they always smile when they see the Edmonton Oilers on their schedule as they have had a ton of success against them over the last few seasons and will look to continue that trend tonight in Edmonton. The Coyotes are a young group that continues to stock pile future assets and are a team in transition as they are on the bottom rung of the ladder in the Pacific division and with the trade deadline looming it’ll be interesting to see what they do at that juncture as some expiring contracts could force their hand and concede their losing ways this season. Mike Smith has had a pretty good season considering his teams place in the standings but he will be going to the all-star game and should get the nod in the crease tonight as he will face off against Cam Talbot.

The Oilers meanwhile look to pull to within a single point of top spot in the Pacific with a win tonight as they currently trail the San Jose Sharks by three points for that distinction and according to the odds makers, the Oilers will take that step after tonight. Edmonton is 6-2 in their last eight Monday games and are 8-1 in their last nine when their opponent scores two goals or less in their previous outing and while the Coyotes have had Edmonton’s number over the years it is the home team that is playing the better hockey and they are fresh off an overtime win against their arch rivals from Calgary.

The Coyotes are 21-46 in their last 67 overall and 10-26 in their last 36 Monday games while the Oilers are 5-2 in their last seven after scoring two or less in their previous game and 56-131 in their last 187 against the Western Conference. Edmonton is a big favourite here and for good reason as they should have no issues getting the win and taking them in regulation seems to be the best bet tonight.

Edmonton Oilers -0.5
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