Arizona Coyotes (2-2-1) at Minnesota Wild (2-2-0)
|Date & Time||Thursday October 23, 2014, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota Wild -180 / Arizona Coyotes +163 --- Over/Under: 5
The Arizona Coyotes and Minnesota Wild play Thursday night at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Arizona Coyotes have lost two straight games and are 2-2-1 on the season overall. The Coyotes weakness this season has been their poor goaltending that’s allowed four or more goals in four of their five games. Devan Dubnyk has allowed five goals on 52 shots faced and Mike Smith has given up 16 goals on 90 shots faced. The Arizona Coyotes have lost 10 of their last 11 games when allowing three or more goals. Offense is what has been carrying the Coyotes, as they’re averaging 3.2 goals per game. Mikkel Boedker leads the way with five goals, Keith Yandle has five assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 18 shots on goal. A lot of the Coyotes success has come on the power play, as they’ve produced at least one power play goal in four straight games.
The Minnesota Wild have also lost two straight games and are 2-2 on the season overall. The good news is that the Wild have the best goaltending in the league right now, allowing one goal per game. Darcy Kuemper has allowed two goals on 72 shots faced and Niklas Backstrom has given up two goals on 16 shots. The Minnesota Wild have won eight of their last 10 games when allowing two or less goals. The bad news is that the Wild have scored just five goals in their last three games and have yet to produce a power play goal this season. Zach Parise and Jason Zucker each have two goals, Nino Niederreiter has 13 shots on goal and Ryan Carter has two assists. This will be just the second home game for the Minnesota Wild.
The Coyotes are 20-41 in their last 61 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Wild are 6-1 in their last 7 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record. The Coyotes are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Minnesota.
With the way the Coyotes allowed goals left and right, the over looks like a good spot here. The over is 4-0-1 in Coyotes last 5 overall and 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota. Take the over.