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The Arizona Coyotes and Ottawa Senators meet Monday in NHL action at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Arizona Coyotes look for a win after winning six of their last nine games. The Ottawa Senators need a win after losing eight of their last 11 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 25 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 105 goals on 1,102 shots.
The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Josh Norris leads Ottawa with 22 goals, Thomas Chabot has 27 assists and Brady Tkachuck has 192 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Anton Forsberg has allowed 73 goals on 872 shots faced, and Matt Murray has allowed 60 goals on 640 shots.
The Coyotes are 24-51 in their last 75 road games and 23-52 in their last 75 overall. The Senators are 2-7 in their last 9 home games and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The over is 4-1 in Coyotes last 5 road games. The under is 18-7 in Senators last 25 overall. The Coyotes are 4-9 in the last 13 meetings in Ottawa.
The Ottawa Senators are probably getting the benefit of the doubt because of home ice, but they’re not a team I’m trying to back in the favorite role. The Arizona Coyotes obviously aren’t world beaters, and they’re horrible on the road, but at least we’re getting plus money here. The Coyotes have also won six of the last seven meetings against the Senators. Give me the plus money if forced to pick.