Arizona Coyotes vs. N.Y. Rangers Pick
The Coyotes were unable to get their offence going last night, which has been a recurring theme for them. If Keller has an off night, then the rest of the team doesn’t do much either. Keller is tied with Brad Richardson for the lead in goals with only 8. In comparison, Alexander Ovechkin has already scored 25 goals. Keller has 21 points and the league leader, Mikko Rantanen, has 52 points.
As a team, the Coyotes are 29th with an average of 2.53 goals scored per game. With all of that in mind, it’s amazing that the Coyotes are at 13-15-2. The Coyotes will likely start Adin Hill in net. He’s been getting playing time in the absence of Antti Raanta. The loss of Raanta stings, but it’s a benefit to Hill who saw four appearances as a rookie a season ago. He finished with a 3.49 GAA and has improved on that drastically with a 1.62 GAA in seven showings this season.
His latest outings haven’t been great, though. He gave up 3 goals to the Caps and then the Sharks scored 4 on him in a 5-3 game. You have to expect some variance for Hill after starting out this season on fire. The Rangers have been a good team at home this season with a record of 10-4-0.
They’ve spent four of their last five games on the road. Their most recent game in NYC was a missed opportunity, as they coughed away a 3-0 lead in the 3rd period to fall 4-3 to the Jets in a shootout. The Rangers have scored an average of 3 goals per game, while Lundqvist has been at his best here. Note that he owns a 2.06 GAA and 0.936 save percentage at MSG in 2018-19. The offensively deficient Coyotes should be easy for him to handle. The Rangers likely get the win, while the Coyotes drop their fifth in a row and second in two nights.