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.