Arizona Coyotes at Vegas Golden Knights
|Date & Time||Thursday April 4, 2019, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
Las Vegas, NV
Vegas Golden Knights -200 / Arizona Coyotes +169
The Arizona Coyotes and the Vegas Golden Knights meet in NHL action from the T-Mobile Arena on Thursday night.
The Arizona Coyotes will look to keep their playoff hopes alive after a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the first period before Brad Richardson broke the deadlock, giving Arizona a 1-0 lead late in the 2nd. Los Angeles would tie the game at the last second of the 2nd period, sending us to the 3rd tied at one. Los Angeles would strike twice more in the 3rd period to send Arizona home empty-handed. Darcy Kuemper took the loss falling to 26-20-8 after allowing a pair of goals on 18 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Vegas Golden Knights will look to build some momentum after snapping a 5-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Edmonton last time out. Cody Eakin opened the scoring for Vegas with the lone goal of the opening period before Jonathan Marchessault doubled the lead in the first minute of the 2nd period. Edmonton pulled one back just over three minutes later, but that’s as close as the Oilers would get as Pierre-Edouard Bellemare would add an empty net goal late in the 3rd period to seal the victory. Malcolm Subban got the win to improve to 8-10-2 after stopping 18 of 19 shots faced in the winning effort.
Arizona is 2-7 in their last 9 games overall and 45-95 in their last 140 road games while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Vegas is 7-2 in their last 9 home games and 1-5 in their last 6 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite. Arizona is 2-6 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
Arizona needs a win here to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, sitting four points back with two games to go. However, the Coyotes appear to have run out of gas and are going to fall short of that goal. Vegas is one of the stronger home teams in the league and will be looking to avoid falling into the wild card zone, so I’ll lay the juice with Vegas in this spot.