Arizona Coyotes (0-9 SU, 2-7 PL, 6-3-1 O/U) vs New York Rangers (2-8 SU, 3-7 PL, 5-5-0 O/U)
When: 7:05 PM EDT, Thursday, October 26, 2017
Where: Madison Square Garden in New York, New York
Lines: NY Rangers -180/Arizona +160
The Pacific Division meets the Metro Division this evening as the Arizona Coyotes duke it out with the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. The Coyotes come in off a 5-3 road loss to the Islanders, while the Rangers are off a 4-1 home loss to the Sharks. Goalie Probables: Antti Raanta will get the nod for the Coyotes and he will be opposed by Ondrej Pavelec.
Coyotes Just Can’t Get That First Win
The Arizona Coyotes had the 3rd fewest point in the league last year and the 5th fewest points in the league the year before that and it is not getting any better for them as they have just one total point so far after starting the year at 0-9. They just haven’t been able to break through to the win column just yet, but they have a shot here against the Rangers, who have really struggled out the gate as well. The Coyotes come in off a 5-3 loss to the Islanders on the road and scoring for them in the loss was Anthony Duclair, which was his 2nd of the year, Mario Kempe, which was his 2nd of the year and Nick Cousins, which was his 1st of the year. The game was tied 3-3 late in the 3rd, but the Islanders scored two goals in the final 7:19 of the game to walk away with the win. Louis Domingue got the start in the game and he is now 0-5 with a 4.3w6 GAA on the year. Antti Raanta is expected to be in the crease in this one and he is 0-2 with a 3.33 GAA so far. In his career, he has gone 24-18 with a 2.65 GAA on the road and 5-4 with a 2.01 GAA during the month of October, while against the Metro Division he has gone 11-9 with a 2.67 GAA. This will be his first start against his former team.
The Coyotes have been very poor on off this year as they come in ranked 29th in the league in scoring at 2.33 gpg, while also ranking 19th in shots taken (31.1 spg) and 22nd in power play conversions, converting on 15.2.% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been very poor as they come in ranked 31st in goals allowed, giving up 4.33 gpg, while also ranking 15th in shots allowed (32.3) and 29th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 28.0% of their chances.
Where Has All The Offense Gone?
Last year the Rangers were 4th in the league in scoring and the year before that they were 7th, but this year it has been far different as they are near the bottom of the scoring rankings in the league, so where has all the offense gone? They come in off a 4-1 home loss to the Sharks and they have now scored just 18 total goals in their last eight games. They still have many of the pieces from last year’s squad, but still, the offense is having a hard time getting started. Mika Zibanejad has six goals in the year and Kevin Hayes has three, but no one else on the team has more than two. Scoring their lone goal in the loss to the Sharks was Zibanejad. The Rangers also got some bad news after the game as Henrik Lundqvist injured his leg during the game and is out for this one. He is now 2-6 with a 3.12 GAA on the year. Ondrej Pavelec is slated to get the start in this one and he has gone 0-2 with a 3.75 GAA on the year. In his career, he has gone 83-105 with a 2.75 GAA in his home games and 18-29 with a 2.83 during the month of October, while against the Pacific Division he has gone 28-23 with a 2.62 GAA and he has gone 7-3 with a 2.19 GAA in his career against the Coyotes.
The Rangers have been poor on offense so far as they come into this game ranked 28th in the league in scoring at 2.50 gpg, while also ranking 13th in shots taken (32.3 spg) and 12th in power play conversions, converting on 19.5% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have not been that good as they come in ranked 24th in goals allowed, giving up 3.50 gpg, while also ranking 9th in shots allowed (30.6 spg) and 22nd in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 22.2% of their chances.
- 15-36 in their last 51 after allowing five goals or more in their previous game
- 14-49 in their last 63 road games
New York is:
- 39-13 in their last 52 vs. a team with a winning % below .400
- 16-5 in their last 21 games following a loss of three or more goals
The Rangers have been very poor to start the year, but so have the Coyotes, who have yet to win a game so far. Their winless skid will eventually come to an end, but it won’t be in this game and especially against a Rangers team that sees this as an easy win. I feel they will come out fired up and play their best game of the year. Their offense has been weak, but the Coyotes have been horrible in the crease and they can’t score either. The Rangers need this game in the worst way and they have gone 12-2 their last 14 home games in this series. Take the Rangers in this one.