Arizona Coyotes (2-12-1) at Washington Capitals (7-6-1)
|Date & Time||Monday November 6, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
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The Line: Washington Capitals -225 / Arizona Coyotes +201 --- Over/Under: 6
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The Arizona Coyotes look to pull off the major upset and earn just their third victory of the season as they head into the Verizon Center to face off with the Washington Capitals.
The Coyotes have had a disastrous start to the season and things don’t appear to be getting any easier as they face off against the Washington Capitals who haven’t had the start they were looking for either and will be out to use tonight’s game as a confidence booster. Arizona came into the season knowing that it was going to be a tough year as they simply don’t have the talent as many other teams in the Western Conference and as such they are expecting to finish the year in the running for a top draft pick, but I still don’t think they expected to only have two wins in the month of October and they certainly need to turn things around in a hurry. Antti Raanta is expected to get the start as he will face off against Braden Holtby who certainly gives the Caps the edge in goal.
Washington heads into Monday night’s game looking to extend their recent success when starting the week as they are 17-5 in their last 22 Monday games and against a Coyotes side that has just a single road win to their name they should be more than confident they can extend that streak in this spot. The Caps still have a loaded offensive core and rank among the league’s best in terms of overall talent in the final third but defensively they have struggled a bit this season and will continue to do so against teams with a ton of speed, and while Arizona doesn’t necessarily have the depth and overall skill set the Caps have they do have some young speedsters and could exploit a slow Washington blue line.
The Coyotes are winless in their last four following a win and 28-60 in their last 88 against the Eastern Conference while the Caps are 1-4 in their last five following a win and 64-26 in their last 90 games at home. Arizona is bound to improve but I don’t see it happening in this spot as the Caps need to take advantage of their easy matchups right now if they’re going to get back in the playoff race and they should have no issues tonight.