Arizona Coyotes (2-13-2) at St. Louis Blues (12-3-1)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 9, 2017, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: St. Louis Blues -245 / Arizona Coyotes +218 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The lowly Arizona Coyotes take to the road hoping for an upset victory against the league’s best team in the St. Louis Blues.
The Coyotes have struggled to say the least to start the season and things don’t get any easier as they go from playing the two time defending champions to the league leaders thus far as they take on the St. Louis Blues in the Gateway to the West on Thursday night. Arizona didn’t have high expectations this season as they have one of the least talented teams in the league aside from a few budding stars but overall they are nowhere near where they need to be in the Western Conference and at this rate they are a shoe in to lock up a top end draft pick in the offseason. The Coyotes have already sent down former starting goalie Louis Domingue to the minors and will move forward with Antti Raanta and he is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Jake Allen who is enjoying a great start to the season to go along with his team’s sparkling record.
The Blues meanwhile are off to a red hot start and are looking like a team that is capable of going to the Stanley Cup final and while they have been down this road before and have a President’s Trophy banner hanging in the rafters, but until they break through and get to a Cup final they will continue to be an underachieving bunch. The Blues have depth at the back end and a ton of scoring options up top led by Jaden Schwartz who is off to a fast start on the stats sheet and will continue his push towards the Art Ross.
The Coyotes are 24-55 in their last 79 overall and have just 17 wins in their last 79 against the Central while St. Louis is 4-1 in their last five against the Pacific and 8-1 in their last nine at home. Arizona is woeful and a whopping 91% of bets have come in on the home side here and the only plausible play is a regulation or puck line bet.