Arizona Coyotes (2-15-3) at Montreal Canadiens (8-9-2)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 16, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -180 / Arizona Coyotes +162 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Arizona Coyotes look to play out of their early season funk as they head into Montreal to take on the Canadiens on Thursday evening.
The Coyotes are off to an absolutely dismal start to the season and things don’t get any easier as they head into Montreal to face off against a Canadiens side that has had their own struggles and are hoping to use Thursday night’s schedule gimme as a jumping off point. Arizona came into the season expecting to have a tough go as they prepare for what should be another top end draft pick, but I don’t think they anticipated the struggles getting this severe this early on as they have been absolutely waxed by most teams they have faced this season and have become a circle on the calendar for their opponents as an easy home win. Antti Raanta is expected to get the start as he will face off against Charlie Lindgren who continues to man the crease with both Carey Price and Al Montoya on the shelf.
The Canadiens got off to a very slow start but have since turned things around and while they have a ways to go before they will be considered a threat in the Atlantic division again, and that may not come until Carey Price is back in the crease despite the success of Lindgren. Montreal made a splash in the offseason by acquiring Jonathan Drouin from the Tampa Bay Lightning, and while he has been one of, if not the best offensive weapon in Montreal so far, they need some help still at both ends of the rink as the loss of another top defense prospect in order to acquire the Canadian forward has really put a spotlight on their lack of defensive depth.
The Coyotes are 1-9-1 on the road this season and an astonishing 1-10 in their last 11 against a team with a losing record while the Habs are 1-4 in their last five against the Pacific but 5-1 in their last six playing on one day’s rest. Arizona is going to win some games but it won’t be on a consistent basis and this isn’t the spot for them to get it done.