The perfect Edmonton Oilers are in the desert looking to put their 3-0-0 record on the line against the winless Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes are searching for their first win of the season after losses versus the Blue Jackets, 8-2, Sabres, 2-1 SO, and most recently a 7-4 loss against the St. Louis Blues.
They aren’t point-less, as they were able to earn a point with a shootout loss against the Sabres on October 16. However, after playing hard against an equally bad Sabres team, the Coyotes looked like the same team that was ripped for 8 goals against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
See you tonight. ?
— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) October 21, 2021
Carter Hutton held up like a wet paper bag against the Blues. He gave up 6 goals on 21 shots for a 0.714 save percentage. Backup Karel Vejmelka entered the game to give up a goal on 12 shots. The problem is twofold, with the Coyotes defense and goaltending sharing an equal blame for their struggles.
You have to believe that Phil Kessel is going to be big tradebait. The Coyotes don’t want a 34-year-old on their roster on this team. He provides veteran leadership, but the Coyotes have to get young and hand the torch over to Clayton Keller. Keller’s talent is going to waste at the moment. It’s early, though, and we’ll see if Arizona turns this campaign around.
The Oilers go to Arizona feeling good with three wins in three games. In their most recent attempt, the Oilers came up with a 6-5 win against the Anaheim Ducks in Alberta. This is their first trip on the road. The Oilers have played all three games at home, so perhaps they get caught looking in Phoenix. Head below for our free Oilers vs. Coyotes pick on October 21, 2021.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Arizona Coyotes Live Odds and Betting History:
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Edmonton Oilers||-1.5 (+125)||-197||Over 6 (-118)|
|Arizona Coyotes||+1.5 (-145)||+177||Under 6 (+107)|
|Team Data||Edmonton Oilers||Arizona Coyotes|
|Goals Per Game||4.33||2.33|
|Goals Against Per Game||3.0||5.33|
|Shots Per game||34.67||28.33|
|Shots Against Per Game||40.33||30.67|
Oilers vs. Coyotes Prediction:
The Coyotes said goodbye to Darcy Kuemper after he had four successful years in the desert. He joined a winning club in the Colorado Avalanche and left the Coyotes. Good for Kuemper, as the goaltender deserved to be on a good roster. He’s not going to find a defense with depth in Arizona.
Former Buffalo Sabre, Carter Hutton, has been a mess through two games. Hutton has posted a 8.75 GAA and 0.702 save percentage. He’s allowed 14 goals on 47 shots for a terrible presence between the pipes. Hutton isn’t as bad as those numbers indicate, but he’s not better than Kuemper either.
As a team, the Coyotes have conceded 5.33 goals against per game. Nobody is going to win games with those numbers. 25-year-old Karel Vejmelka is expected to get the nod for the Coyotes. They can’t keep going to Hutton in his current form. Vejmelka has played in two games with a 1.35 GAA and 0.956 save percentage.
It was a longshot for Vejmelka just to make the roster. The rookie is new to North America after spending eight years in the Czech league. He had a 2.79 GAA and 0.911 save percentage last year. No one expected to see Vejmelka play in the NHL. He’s been solid in two games, but it’s a small sample size.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Arizona Coyotes Betting Trends:
- 10-5 overall in their previous 15 games versus the Coyotes
- 1-5 overall in their previous six games versus the Central Division
- OVER is 4-1 in their previous five games
- OVER is 5-1 in their previous six games on the road
- OVER is 6-1 in their previous seven games on one day rest
- OVER is 4-1 in their previous five games as a favorite
- 1-6 overall in their previous seven games in Phoenix
- 1-5 overall in their previous six games versus the Western Conference
- OVER is 5-1 in their previous six games
- OVER is 4-0 in their previous four games versus the Western Conference
- OVER is 4-1 in their previous five games after allowing 5 or more goals
Vejmelka making the Coyotes is a nice story, but now he has the most difficult task of his young career against the Oilers. The Edmonton offense has been playing well and could give him issues.
They’re going into the desert with 4.33 goals scored per game in their three wins. In their last two outings, the Oilers scored at least 5 goals.
The only concerning thing for the Oilers has been their shots against. The Oilers have been allowing way too many shots. Eventually the floodgate is going to open on them if they keep at this pace.
Through three outings, the Oilers have allowed over 40 shots per game. They must get that down to around 30 shots to have consistent success. It has resulted in 3 goals against per game for the Oilers.
Maybe the Oilers have a sligh letdown in their first game on the road, but they should score the puck regardless. I’m on the OVER in what could be a fun game in Phoenix.