The Arizona Coyotes will look to keep an unlikely hot run going, as they welcome the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night. The Coyotes won again last night, beating a decent Ducks team by a score of 2-0. They got a goal early and didn’t look back from there. The goal stood up and they buried an empty netter to take a narrow victory. That’s a loss the Ducks may look back on if they barely miss out on the playoffs. It’s going to be close come the end of the regular season, and it may very well be decided by a point or two.
For the Coyotes, they’ve been just looking to improve on their dreadful record. Their record of 18-33-5 is ugly enough, so adding some wins down the stretch to make it look a little more respectable could help team morale. Raanta put on a display in net, turning back all 26 shots form the Ducks. Darcy Kuemper was recently acquired from the Kings and is expected to get the start tonight.
The Canucks ride into Arizona after a dreadful performance against the Golden Knights in Vegas. They took it on the chin, a 6-3 loss in Sin City as the Knights keep on motoring. The loss was the fourth for the Canucks in their last five games and seven in their last ten. Like the Coyotes, they’re playing for respectability. The Canucks enter Sunday with a record of 23-31-4. Like the Coyotes, all the Canucks are doing is looking towards the future.
There are some talented pieces on the Canucks, just inexperienced and without much help elsewhere on the roster. For the Yotes, they’re hoping to build a team around Clayton Keller, who would have been representing the USA in the Olympics if the NHL went to South Korea. The Coyotes are coming off a big win last night. Let’s see if they can come right back tonight and play well again. Head below for our free Canucks vs. Coyotes pick.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Arizona Coyotes Pick
The formula for getting better for the Canucks is easy to note, but it’s going to be more difficult to put everything together. Offensively, Brock Boeser is going to spearhead this team for years to come. However, there is a lot to be desired on the blue like. Also, is Jacob Markstrom really the answer in net? Eddie Lack was a major bust, and Markstrom has been better, but he isn’t a franchise netminder like Luongo was in Vancouver. Markstrom holds a 2.76 GAA and 0.908 save percentage. Overall, the Canucks have fallen to 26th with 3.23 goals allowed per game. In their last ten games, they’ve allowed 3.6 goals per game. Way too many goals to expect and compete.
Likewise, for the Coyotes, who are allowing the same in goals, 3.23 goals allowed per game. However, their defence has been showing signs of life lately. Look no further than last night against the Ducks. Nevertheless, they haven’t been the most consistent unit, and how they respond after a big performance just 24 hours ago may work against them against the Canucks.
After a 6-3 beatdown, I expect the Vancouver offence to come at them hard. They are also facing a Coyotes’ goaltender, Kuemper, who is playing for the first time with his new team. This isn’t the LA Kings’ defence he has to help him out in Arizona. We had a 4-3 final in favor of the Coyotes in their last meeting. I can see something similar, 4-3 or 4-2 on Sunday night for somebody. For who? That’s a tough one, but there should be ample goals for an OVER ticket to cash.
PICK: OVER 5.5 (-110)