Arizona Coyotes (21-23-2) at San Jose Sharks (19-24-5)
- Time: 7:30PM PST – 9:30PM CST – 10:30PM EST
- Place: SAP Center, San Jose, CA
- TV: Bally Sports Arizona | NBC Sports California | NHL Center Ice
The Puck Drop
The second game in three days between the Coyotes and the Sharks as San Jose took the first on Monday night, 6-4.
- Jakob Chychrun had two goals for the Coyotes while Nick Schmaltz had two goals and two assists
- Evander Kane led San Jose with a goal and three assists while Tomas Hertl assisted two
San Jose took a quick lead just 17 seconds into the game when Noah Gregor scored unassisted and then Brent Burns was assisted by Kane and Hertl at 3:07. San Jose also had a quick start to the second period Logan Couture found the net at 1:54 and then Erik Karlsson came back with a score at 3:19.
Arizona wouldn’t go down without a fight as the Coyotes struck back with goals by Michael Bunting and Clayton Keller and then when Jakob Chychrun found the net at 2:02 into the third, the Coyotes were down only 4-3. Alexander Barabanov finished off the Coyotes at 11:17 with his first goal of the season.
San Jose outshot the Coyotes, 34-25, while Arizona was much more aggressive with the hits, 35-19.
The Sharks ended an 8-game losing streak with Monday night’s win and the six-goal out put what the first since they scored six against the Anaheim Ducks on Mar. 12
Arizona is now 2-8-0 over the last 10 games and the Coyotes are just four points ahead of the Sharks for fourth in the West.
- The total has gone OVER in 13 of the Coyotes’ last 19 games
- Arizona is 5-2 SU in their last 7 games vs. the Sharks
- The Coyotes are 1-6 SU in their last 7 road games
San Jose Sharks:
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Jose’s last 5 games
- The OVER has been the play in 5 of the last 6 matchups between the Coyotes and Sharks
- The total has gone UNDER in 10 of San Jose’s last 15 home games vs. the Coyotes
The goalie status may be up in the air for the Coyotes after Darcy Kuemper (9-9-2, 2.52 GAA) was chased on Monday night after surrendering four goals. Kuemper was coming off of a 4-0 shut out against the Los Angeles Kings. He gives way to Aiden Hill (7-8-2, 2.88 GAA), who has lost his last four decisions.
Josef Korenar jumps between the pipes for the Sharks as the rookie from the Czech Republic has appeared in six games and started four and sports a 1-3 record with 3.27 GAA. Korenar picked up the win on Monday night, so the Sharks are looking at their version of a hot goaltender as that scenario has been a struggle all season.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Coyotes||-1½ (+200)||-110||O 5½ (-110)|
|Sharks||+1½ (-240)||-110||U 5½ (-110)|
*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook
Arizona has a 3-2-0 lead in the season series as these are the first two games in San Jose where the two teams will match up again on May 7 and May 8. The Sharks are 7-2-2 in their last 11 home games against the Coyotes.
Clayton Keller’s goal last night gave him eight points this season against the Sharks. Phil Kessel has reeled the Sharks goalies in with seven goals of his 17 goals coming against the Coyotes.
- Arizona defenseman Jakob Chychrun has been hot of late with four goals and three assists in his last seven games, six of which he has tallied at least a point.
- San Jose center Tomas Hertl’s two assists last night gave him seven vs. the Coyotes this season as Evander Kane’s goal and two helpers moved him to six points in the series.
Interestingly with the goalie issues, San Jose is 10-5-5 in one-goal games this season as 11 of those 20 have made it past regulation and seven have gone to the shoot-out.
All 10 goals on Monday night were at even strength and that might be predictable based on the fact that both special teams units for the Coyotes and Sharks are in the middle of the pack in the NHL.
Arizona has had 11 more power play opportunities (155-144), but San Jose’s 15.5 percent connection on the odd-man advantage is 27th in the league and is 0-for-22 over the last eight contests. The Sharks were 0-for-6 on Monday.