The Arizona Coyotes travel from Toronto further north to Ottawa where they will take on the Senators. It was a marquee win for the Coyotes against the Maple Leafs, as they handed them a 4-2 loss in a bad loss for the Leafs. Since Nylander’s return there hasn’t seemed to be much chemistry in Toronto. The Coyotes proved that yet again, as the Leafs had to take a bad loss against Arizona on their home ice.
This is the same Leafs team that recently beat the Lightning in Tampa, so they’ve been a little all over the place. Nevertheless, it was a good win for the Coyotes, who are likely to try and steal Auston Matthews from Toronto with an offer sheet in the offseason. He would be a valuable asset to put alongside Clayton Keller.
With the win the Coyotes advanced to 22-22-4 on the season. That doesn’t look too spectacular, but they’re just 4 points outside of the playoffs at the moment. The Avalanche are currently in possession of the final wildcard with 52 points, while the Coyotes have 48 points. The problem there is that there are still three other teams between them and the Avs.
They are competing with a bunch of other teams, but even to be mentioned in a playoff race is quite exciting for this team. They are just trying to show some improvements and they’ve been getting there. Their season hasn’t been as much of a transformation as the Flames or Islanders, but they are heading in the right direction.
I said a couple of years ago that the Flames were a couple years off and here we are. For the Coyotes, I think they’re a couple years away from competing in the playoffs. The Sens are a year behind in that regard, but are putting together a foundation as well. Head below for our free Coyotes vs. Senators pick.
Arizona Coyotes vs. Ottawa Senators Pick
The departure of Erik Karlsson signaled a new era in Ottawa hockey. It’s been visibly noticeable that their defence looks much different this season. They weren’t perfect last season, but they’ve regressed to one of the worst units in the NHL. Look at the Sharks without Karlsson on the blue line. He’s been missed some time recently, and they’ve been getting exposed defensively. Karlsson will be out until after the All-Star break.
The Senators go into Tuesday playing decent hockey, with wins in four of their last six contests. Baby steps are fine right now with this team. During their last six games, they’ve allowed an average of 2 goals per game, which is a step forward for a team who have given up an average of 3.76 goals per game this season.
They’ve been much better at home, though, with 3.24 goals allowed per game. The Senators have also scored 3.44 goals per game in Kanata. As a result, their record at home hasn’t been too bad at 12-9-4, compared to a disastrous 7-16-1 on the road.
Arizona enter with wins in five of their last seven games. Their two latest victories were solid wins over the Sharks and Maple Leafs. Despite the win over the Leafs in Toronto, the overall body of work has been negative for the Yotes on the road. They’ve averaged 2.54 goals per game as opposed to 2.92 goals allowed.
Their most recent history in Ottawa hasn’t been the best either, with a record of 3-8 in their previous 11 trips here. I think this sets up to be a perfect letdown spot for the Coyotes. Play their heart out against a superior Leafs team and then follow it up with a downer in Ottawa. Consider the Senators if you are looking for some NHL action on Tuesday night.