The NHL is set up with another great night of action on Friday night. Two great games will be up on the board throughout February 12. One of these games will be between the St. Louis Blues and the Arizona Coyotes. These two teams have already met up four times in a row, which should make this a great matchup to watch. This game will drop the puck at around 9:00 PM Eastern time on ESPN+.
St. Louis has opened up the season with a record of 7-4-2 so far this season, which has them sitting in second place of the West Division. The Blues have lost three straight games entering this one and will look to turn it around with a win on Friday night. St. Louis has had a solid start to this season, but they will look to get back in the win column on this one.
The Coyotes have put up a record of 6-5-1 to this point in the season, which has them in fourth place of the West Division. Arizona has won three games in a rows and will look to build upon that in this one. The Coyotes find themselves in a playoff spot early in this season, but need to keep up their winning streak in this one. If Arizona can come out hot, they could knock off the Blues once again.
These two teams have had solid starts to this season. The Coyotes have won three straight games against St. Louis and they will look to keep that up in this one. Arizona has stumped the Blues in the last few games, but with the extra days of rest should help St. Louis bounce back. With this game being the fourth in a row, it should be a great one to watch.
The first game of this season’s series was in St. Louis on February 2. Christian Dvorak scored two goals, while Phil Kessel had two assists. Nick Schmaltz had a goal and an assist, but it was not enough for the Coyotes. Vince Dunn had a goal and an assist on the night. Sammy Blais, Jordan Kyrou and Colton Parayko each had two assists. The Blues finished with a 4-3 win on the night.
The second game stayed in St. Louis on February 4. Mike Hoffman had two goals, while Torey Krug and David Perron both had two assists. Christian Dvorak and Conor Garland both had a goal and an assist on the night. Jordan Oesterle had two assists on the night as well. Antti Raanta finished with 40 saves on 43 shots to help lift the Coyotes to a 4-3 win.
The Blues also hosted the third game of the season series on February 6. Robert Thomas scored a goal for St. Louis on the night, but once again it was not enough. Jakob Chychrun finished with two goals on the night, while Conor Garland had two assists. Clayton Keller had a goal and an assist. Darcy Kuemper stopped 24 of 25 shots to give Arizona a 3-1 win.
The most recent game of the season series was on February 8 in St. Louis. Ryan O’Reilly had two goals and an assist, while David Perron had a goal and an assist. Christian Dvorak and Clayton Keller each had a goal and an assist. Jakob Chychrun and Nick Schmaltz each finished with two assists. Conor Garland and Christian Dvorak both scored in the shootout to lead the Coyotes to a 4-3 win.
The Blues special teams have struggled throughout the early part of this season. St. Louis has been able to score on 5 of their 44 power play chances, which is an 11.4 percent power play. The Blues have given up 17 goals on 56 power play attempts, which is a 69.6 percent kill rate. St. Louis has struggled early in the season on special teams and will need to turn it around soon.
Arizona has been strong on both sides of special teams so far this season. The Coyotes have been able to capitalized on 11 of their 47 power play opportunities, which is a 23.4 percent success rate. Arizona’s penalty kill has killed off 39 of the 46 power plays against them, which is an 84.8 percent penalty kill. The Coyotes have been strong on the power play and penalty kill and will look to keep it up.
These two teams have had opposite starts on special teams this season, which gives the Coyotes a clear edge in this one. Arizona has been strong on both sides of special teams, which has helped them earn three straight wins against the Blues. St. Louis will need to switch things up on special teams if they want to give themselves the edge on this one.
Jordan Binnington will likely get the start in the crease for St. Louis on Friday night. Binnington has earned a record of 6-2-2 throughout his 10 starts this season. He has put up a save percentage of .913 and a 2.64 GAA in his games played. Binnington stopped 23 of 26 shots throughout his last start against Arizona, which was not enough for the win.
I expect Darcy Kuemper to get the nod between the pipes for the Coyotes in this one. Kuemper has started in 10 games, earning a record of 4-5-1. He has posted a .913 save percentage and a GAA of 2.50 so far this season. Kuemper’s last start was on February 8 against the Blues, where he stopped 40 of 43 shots in route to the win.
These two goalies have had similar starts to the season, which has helped their team claim a playoff spot early in the season. Kuemper’s stats are a little bit better coming into this one because of his goals against average. I expect both goalies to try and set the pace early in this one as they look to lead their team to the win. With the extra rest, I expect both goalies to come out strong.
These two teams are meeting for the fifth straight time on Friday night. The Blues have lost three straight games to Arizona, which I think that St. Louis can turn it around in this one. The Blues gave up a goal as time expired in the last meeting, which allowed the Coyotes to win in overtime. If St. Louis can jump out to a quick start in this one, they should be able to grab the win this time around.
BetOnline has the Blues listed as a -131 against the money line in this one. This implies that St. Louis will win this game around 56.7 percent of the time. This line seems right to me. This game will be in Arizona, but with the Blue losing three in a row to the Coyotes, I think they will come out hotter in this one. I really like the value on St. Louis in this one.