Phoenix Coyotes (16-8-4) at Vancouver Canucks (15-10-5)
|Date & Time||Friday December 6, 2013, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -147 / Phoenix Coyotes +134 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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After a terrible loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon in a game they were hardly competitive in, the Vancouver Canucks rebounded to finish their road trip strong. Vancouver ended the trip 3-1 and got solid performances in Carolina and Nashville their last two games. On Tuesday night it was Ryan Kesler scoring twice in the third period to lift Vancouver to a 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators. Brad Richardson gave Vancouver the lead late in the second period but the Predators evened the score just 30 seconds later when Colin Wilson snuck one past Roberto Luongo. Luongo was the story yet again in this one for the Canucks and he's really had a solid year in goal for Vancouver. Luongo has 12 wins on the season and he's leading he league with 25 games play so far this year. Now it's a big stretch for the Canucks who play their next five games at home. Playing in the same division as the Kings, Sharks, and Ducks leaves the Canucks no margin for error this season. This is the type of home stand where if the Canucks are going to make ground on these other clubs it has to start here. They'll get the Phoenix Coyotes in the first game of the home stand and Phoenix will be looking to get their act together after a sloppy performance in Calgary against the Flames on Wednesday night. Keith Yandle got the Coyotes on the board first with his third goal of the season in the first period but Phoenix was shut out from that point on by Karri Ramo. The Coyotes outshot the Flames 30-18 in the game but they were crippled by their lifeless power play that went 0-for-5 on the night. Phoenix tried to get by with stealing a start for Thomas Greiss but that went awry as Griess dropped to 3-2-0 on the season. Mike Smith is going to have to be at the top of his game if he wants to steal a win for the Coyotes in this one on Friday night. The Coyotes have lost five of their last seven games and are in a bit of a rut here so they need to find a way to get going here against a club they're going to be competing with for a playoff spot. It's always tough returning home from a road trip but the Canucks have been playing better hockey of late than the Coyotes.