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The Arizona Coyotes and Boston Bruins meet Saturday in NHL action at the TD Garden. The Arizona Coyotes look to build on their four-game winning streak. The Boston Bruins look for a win after winning eight of their last 10 games.
The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 12.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with 24 goals, Phil Kessel has 29 assists and Jakob Chychrun has 141 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 73.2 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Scott Wedgewood has given up 72 goals on 787 shots faced, and Karel Vejmelka has given up 102 goals on 1,062 shots.
The Boston Bruins are averaging 3 goals per game and are scoring on 25.2 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 33 goals, Brad Marchand has 34 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 211 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Linus Ullmark has given up 79 goals on 851 shots faced, and Jeremy Swayman has allowed 55 goals on 737 shots.
The Coyotes are 24-50 in their last 74 road games and 23-51 in their last 74 overall. The Bruins are 48-22 in their last 70 games as a favorite and 8-2 in their last 10 overall. The over is 4-1 in Coyotes last 5 overall. The over is 5-1 in Bruins last 6 overall. The Coyotes are 0-7 in the last 7 meetings in Boston.
The Arizona Coyotes don’t beat good teams, they don’t win on the road, and they’ve had zero success against the Bruins over the years. Even with big plus money, I can’t even consider siding with the Coyotes here. The Bruins have won 18 of the last 21 meetings against the Coyotes. I’ll take the Bruins on their home ice while mixing in the PL to shave down the juice.