Coyotes vs. Hurricanes NHL Pick – December 16th





<p>The Arizona Coyotes end their four-game road trip with a stop in Raleigh on Sunday. They lost their first two games against the Bruins and Sabres, then had an impressive comeback effort in NYC against the Rangers. The Coyotes erased a 3-0 deficit to get a 4-3 win in overtime. Pathetic effort by the Rangers to attempt to close out the Coyotes, but credit Arizona for not giving up when they got down. </p>
<p>Bad teams have a tendency for folding in those spots, but the Yotes kept at it to give Lundqvist a sleepless night. To add insult to injury for the Rangers, one of their former assistant captains, Derek Stepan, scored the winner in overtime. Lundqvist scurried off the ice in disgust again, as his Rangers collapsed at home in the same fashion for the second time in a row.<br />
The Coyotes hope to build off the win as they go into Raleigh in Sunday. While they were celebrating a big win, the Hurricanes were stopped in a shootout against the Capitals. It was a game that could have gone either way, with Alex Ovechkin being the difference. </p>
<p>He notched his second hat trick in a row to lead the Caps to a 5-4 victory. There aren’t many teams who can neutralize the Capitals’ offence and the Hurricanes certainly couldn’t on Friday. It’s best not to take the Coyotes lightly, but they aren’t going to find the same offensive punch from them this afternoon. Ovechkin has been on another level with no one being able to keep up with him. While the Capitals have firepower all over, there are just a couple of Coyotes that are capable of doing serious damage. The Hurricanes hope to get Curtis McElhinney back in net on Sunday after he was removed from the IR a few days ago. Head below for our free Coyotes vs. Hurricanes pick.  </p>
<h2 class=Arizona Coyotes vs. Carolina Hurricanes Pick

The Coyotes may have about 100 fans paying attention to their games, but from what I’ve seen, they might be carving out a potential future in Arizona. Auston Matthews going home to play with the Coyotes gets thrown around recklessly by people who hate the Maple Leafs, but the odds are pretty favourable that he stays in Toronto. With that said, the Coyotes are going to have to play their cards right to put talent around Clayton Keller.

They aren’t going anywhere with this current supporting cast. Despite coming back against the Rangers, they’ve found it difficult to get their offence moving in the right direction. Like I noted in a recent article, Keller leads the team in points with only 23. Great for a 20-year-old, but not exactly ideal as the point leader of a roster.

The Coyotes are averaging 2.58 goals per game going into Sunday. That puts them tied for 28th in the NHL. We’ll wait to see how the improve their offence in the coming years, because the likes of Stepan are probably not going to be the answer three of four years from now. On the road their average drops a bit to 2.5 goals per game.

The Hurricanes are the team who is tied with the Coyotes, as they are also scoring 2.58 goals per game. In their last ten games, they’ve scored only 2.3 goals per, so their effort against the Capitals was a slight outlier. I like the UNDER in this matchup, with an extra vote of confidence if McElhinney is back in net.

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