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The Vancouver Canucks and Arizona Coyotes meet Thursday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena. The Vancouver Canucks need a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Arizona Coyotes need a win after losing eight of their last 10 games.
The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power play opportunities. JT Miller leads Vancouver with 29 goals, Quinn Hughes has 48 assists and Bo Horvat has 177 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 72.4 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Thatcher Demko has given up 145 goals on 1,721 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 38 goals on 358 shots.
The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 13.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with 28 goals, Phil Kessel has 36 assists and Jakob Chychrun has 141 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 73.4 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 15 goals on 58 shots faced, and Karel Vejmelka has given up 133 goals on 1,397 shots.
The Canucks are 12-40 in their last 52 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Coyotes are 10-27 in their last 37 home games and 27-60 in their last 87 overall. The under is 6-1 in Canucks last 7 overall. The under is 5-2-3 in Coyotes last 10 overall. The Canucks are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Arizona and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings.
This line is giving a subpar Vancouver Canucks way too much credit, especially with them on the end of a back to back. There’s also a possible letdown factor for the Canucks after a big win last night over Vegas. The Arizona Coyotes have their issues, but they’re at home here, have the rest advantage, and they’re catching the Canucks on the end of a back to back, a spot they haven’t handled well. I’ll take a shot with the Coyotes and the big plus money.