Arizona Coyotes at Montreal Canadiens
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 23, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Arizona Coyotes +138 / Montreal Canadiens -167 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The Arizona Coyotes and Montreal Canadiens meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Centre Bell.
The Arizona Coyotes look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Richardson leads Arizona with 11 goals, Clayton Keller has 23 assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 109 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 87.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 66 goals on 767 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 33 goals on 351 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 10 games.
The Montreal Canadiens look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 12.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 19 goals, Max Domi has 28 assists and Jonathan Drouin has 127 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing three goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 94 goals on 1,093 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 51 goals on 479 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed two or less goals in six of their last eight games.
The Coyotes are 3-10 in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference, 16-35 in their last 51 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Canadiens are 3-12 in their last 15 Wednesday games, 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Pacific and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Coyotes are 3-8-2 in the last 13 meetings in Montreal and 6-15-2 in the last 23 meetings. The under is 10-1 in Canadiens last 11 overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Coyotes last 5 road games.
The Arizona Coyotes are finally starting to string some nice wins together and making me look smart after I said numerous times that they're better and more talented than their record. It's good to consider the Coyotes and the plus money whenever you can find it. The problem is the Montreal Canadiens are just as hot, and they're the rested team that's also at home. The Canadiens also have a long history of beating up on the Coyotes, especially when playing at the Centre Bell. I like the Coyotes and the direction they're heading, but this is a tough schedule spot, on the end of a back-to-back against a hot Montreal side.