The Arizona Coyotes and Vancouver Canucks meet on Thursday night with nothing up for grabs. There are only four days left in the regular season, and the Coyotes and Canucks are of course eliminated from playoff contention. Hopefully better days on the horizon for the Yotes and Canucks, two teams who have some talented youngsters on the roster.
There are some things to like about them. For the Coyotes, they have one of the best young players in the league that no one has heard of. Due to playing in Arizona, Clayton Keller isn’t getting much attention. The 19-year-old has potted 23 goals and 41 assists to provide the Coyotes with some hope moving forward. He looks like a guy they are going to be building around. There hasn’t been a player since Shane Doan in his prime that the Coyotes have been able to get excited about.
On the other side, Brock Boeser will likely be a name you hear about for a long time in Vancouver. However, Boeser was injured and out for the year back in March due to a back injury. His presence, or lack thereof, is quite noticeable on the ice. Tonight is all about the Sedin twins, though. Henrik and Daniel will be playing in their final game in Vancouver, as they announced their retirement from the NHL. There probably won’t be a dry eye at the Rogers Centre tonight. Head below for our free Coyotes vs. Canucks pick.
Arizona Coyotes vs. Vancouver Canucks Pick
The Coyotes were long removed from playoff contention months ago. Playing at the back of the league, the Yotes just wanted to put a competitive team on the ice and offer a bit of pushback. Credit the Coyotes, they didn’t give up and have been playing better hockey recently. Their record is still an ugly 29-40-6 but they were on pace for far worse than that at one point. They’ve won 16 of 25 games, so it’s been a step in the right direction of late. The Coyotes have averaged 3.4 goals per game, while allowing 2.6 goals per game in their last ten games.
Vancouver are a shade better than the Coyotes with a record of 30-40-6. They’re not a good team and especially not a good team when Boeser is out. Nevertheless, the Canucks have been playing spirited hockey recently. Could it be because this is the last hurrah for Henrik and Daniel? They’ve won four of their last five games, the only loss coming in a shootout against the Golden Knights in their last outing. I think you can throw it the statistics and numbers in this matchup. This game is all about the last game in Vancouver for the Sedin’s. I cannot see the Canucks laying down in this one, there is going to be tremendous effort to give Henrik and Danial a winning farewell at home.