The NHL is set up with an action packed night of games on Tuesday night. Thirteen games are up on the board throughout February 4. One of these matchups will be a big game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Arizona Coyotes. These two teams are in huge game with the divisional standings so close. This game will start at around 9:00 PM Eastern time.
Edmonton has started off the season with a record of 28-18-6, which has them sitting in second place of the Pacific Division. The Oilers are three points behind the Vancouver Canucks and only one point ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights. Edmonton is currently on a two game winning streak and have won eight of their last eleven. The Oilers will look to keep it up with another win on Tuesday night.
The Coyotes have earned a record of 26-21-7 so far this season, which has them sitting in fifth place of the Pacific Division. Arizona is currently sitting in the final wild card spot right now. The Coyotes are one point behind the Calgary Flames and two points behind the Golden Knights. The Coyotes have lost four games in a row and seven of their last eight. Arizona will look to bounce back in this one.
These two teams are in the thick of a tight Pacific Division race. Six points separate the top spot in the division and the fifth spot in the division. These two teams are currently sitting in a playoff spot right now, but they are trending in opposite directions. If either team can get some momentum going in this game, I think that they will be able to potentially roll off a winning streak.
The first game of this season’s series between these two teams was on November 4 in Edmonton. Connor McDavid opened up the scoring, but Michael Grabner and Carl Soderberg gave the Coyotes a lead. Gaetan Haas tied it up in the third. Derek Stepan scored in overtime to help give Arizona the win. Darcy Kuemper stopped 26 of the 28 shots against him in the 3-2 win.
The second game of the season series shifted to Arizona on November 24. Alex Goligoski earned three assists to help the Coyotes put up a strong performance, but it would not be enough. Alex Chiasson, James Neal and Markus Granlund all earned goals to send it to a shootout. Connor McDavid scored in the shootout to give the Oilers a 4-3 win in the shootout.
The third and most recent game of the season series shifted back to Edmonton on January 18. Conor Garland earned two assists for the Coyotes, but it would not be nearly enough. Riley Sheahan scored and added three assists, while Josh Archibald had a goal and two assists. Connor McDavid scored twice for the Oilers to help lead to a nice 7-3 victory over the Coyotes.
These two teams split the season series throughout last season. The Oilers have jumped out to a 2-1 series lead this season and now Arizona will look to tie it up in the final game of the season series. The Coyotes are in slump and falling quick in the standings, they will look to try and get out of this funk with a big win on Tuesday night.
The Oilers have been one of the best teams on special teams throughout this season. Edmonton has capitalized on 46 of their 156 opportunities, which is a 29.5 percent success rate. The Oilers have been doing well on the penalty kill as well. Edmonton has held opposing teams to 25 goals on 146 opportunities, which is an 82.9 percent penalty kill.
Arizona has been around middle of the pack when it comes to special teams this season. The Coyotes have scored on 32 of their 165 power play chances this season, which is a 19.4 percent power play. Arizona’s penalty kill has been able to play really well throughout this season. The Coyotes have been able to hold their opponents to 27 goals on 151 attempts, which is an 82.1 percent kill rate.
These two teams have put up strong performance on special teams this season. Edmonton has been able to put up the best power play percentage in the league this season. Both teams have had pretty even penalty kills. The key for the Coyotes in this game is to stay out of the box to avoid giving the Oilers strong power play a chance to get momentum going.
Mikko Koskinen will likely get the nod in the crease for the Oilers on Tuesday night. Koskinen has earned a record of 15-9-2 through his starts this season. He has earned a save percentage of .912 and a 2.83 GAA. Koskinen’s last start was against the St. Louis Blues. He stopped 30 of the 32 shots against him to help give Edmonton a big win.
I expect Antti Raanta to get the start in net for the Coyotes in this matchup. Raanta has put up a record of 9-11-3 throughout his 23 starts this season. He has posted a .913 save percentage and a GAA of 2.93 throughout this season. Raanta’s last start came against the Chicago Blackhawks, where he stopped 42 of the 44 shots against him in a losing effort.
These two goalies have both put up similar stats throughout this season so far. Koskinen has put up a save percentage below .900 in five of his last six starts. Koskinen will look to build off his last game against the Blues. Raanta has struggled a bit as well for Arizona this season, but he will look to help get Arizona back on track with a win.
The Oilers have been able to win two of the three games against Arizona so far this season, but I believe that the Coyotes will be able to bounce back with a win. If Arizona can keep Edmonton off the scoresheet on the power play, I think that the Coyotes will be able to win on five on five. If Raanta can keep up his strong performance last game, I like Arizona’s odds in this one.
BetOnline has the Coyotes listed as a -119 against the money line in this one. This implies that Arizona will win this game around 54.3 percent of the time. The Coyotes are at home and on a losing streak and I think they will find a way to end it in this one. Arizona may be favorites in this one, but I think they still have good value in this game.