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#27 Arizona Coyotes 5.5 vs.
#28 St. Louis Blues -160
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 8:05pm EST
Enterprise Center, St Louis
Written by Chris Kubala



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A pair of Western Conference teams take the ice in the Gateway City. The Arizona Coyotes continue a road swing as they travel to face the defending champion St. Louis Blues Tuesday night. Arizona was in action on Monday night in the nation’s capital as they faced Washington on Monday night: they were upended 4-3 by Minnesota at home Saturday night in their previous game. St. Louis came up with a 3-2 overtime win over Calgary on the road Saturday in their previous contest. The Coyotes have won four of the previous five meetings, including a 3-1 road win in the most recent matchup on March 12, 2019.

Arizona Coyotes Play Second Game of Back to Back

Arizona was in Washington Monday night to face the Capitals so they log the second game of a back to back, not to mention their third game in four nights, here. The Coyotes entered Monday fifth in the Pacific Division, one point behind Vancouver and Vegas, who were tied for third, and six back of division-leading Edmonton. Arizona is 20th in the league in goals for as they average 2.82 goals per contest on the season. The Coyotes are tied for second in the league in goals against by allowing 2.41 goals per game on the year. Arizona is 22nd in the league with the man advantage as they successfully convert 16.7 percent of their power play chances this season. The Coyotes are 22nd in the league in penalty killing by successfully getting through 78.4 percent of their shorthanded situations.

The Coyotes had some opportunities but led a first-period lead slip away in a home loss to Minnesota Saturday night. Arizona outshot Minnesota 9-5 in the opening period and took a 2-0 lead to the dressing room. Michael Grabner opened the scoring with his fifth of the year off an assist from Aaron Ness at 8:50 to give Arizona the lead. Jakob Chychrun doubled the lead to 2-0 with his fourth of the year off assists from Nick Schmaltz and Christian Dvorak at 12:40 of the opening period. During the second period, the Coyotes were outshot 14-12 and outscored 3-1 to leave the score tied after 40 minutes. After Minnesota scored to make it 2-1, Vinnie Hinostroza scored his second of the year off assists from Jordan Oesterle and Oliver Ekman-Larsson at 8:20 to give the Coyotes a 3-1 lead. The Wild tallied two goals later in the period to even the score. In the final period, Arizona held a 14-5 edge in shots but they gave up the lone goal to end up with the loss. Darcy Kuemper made 20 saves in the loss as Arizona owned a 35-24 edge in shots on goal. Antti Raanta is expected to get the call in net for this one.

St. Louis Blues Seek to Keep Rolling

St. Louis needed overtime but doused the Flames and picked up their seventh straight victory in the process. The Blues entered Monday holding the top spot in the Central Division by five points over Colorado. St. Louis is 11th in the league in scoring as they put up 3.17 goals per game on the year. The Blues are 10th in goals against by allowing 2.78 goals per contest this year. St. Louis is 3rd with the man advantage as the team converts 27.6 percent of their power play chances this season. The Blues are tied for 14th in penalty killing as they successfully kill off 81.5 percent of their shorthanded situations this season.

The Blues continued their hot run as they managed to chill the Flames in overtime. St. Louis held a 12-10 edge in shots in the opening period and took a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. Ivan Barbashev scored his second of the year at 3:17 off assists from Oskar Sundqvist and Mackenzie MacEachern to open the scoring. In the second period, the shots were even at 10 with St. Louis tallying the lone goal to take a 2-0 lead. Ryan O’Reilly scored his fifth of the year, on the power play, at 13:06, off assists from David Perron and Alex Pietrangelo. The third period saw the Blues outshot 7-4 and outscored 2-0 to send the game to overtime. In the extra session, each team had two shots on goal but Perron’s eighth of the year, off assists from O’Reilly and Pietrangelo, came on the power play at 2:46 of the extra session to give the Blues the win. Jordan Binnington made 27 saves for St. Louis in the win: the Blues were outshot 29-28 in the contest. He’s expected to be in net for this contest again.

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Arizona is going to play their second game of a back to back and their third game in four nights here. That is clearly going to take a toll on the Coyotes, who could be lugging around some heavy legs in this contest. St. Louis has won seven straight games and they had two days off before this one. Binnington continues to be a strong presence in net and the Blues have been excellent in the defensive end of the ice. The Blues are at home and they have a little rest to work with in their favor. Give St. Louis the advantage here as they skate off with the win.


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Arizona has been sharp in the defensive end of the ice this season but they have to be better offensively. The Coyotes average 2.78 goals per game on the road this season while allowing 2.67 per contest. St. Louis has been weaker offensively at home, averaging three goals a game compared to their 3.30 goal per game mark on the road this season. With both teams playing tough in their own zone and having solid goaltending to lean on, should we expect much in the way of offense here?

The Coyotes are playing their second game of a back to back and their third game in four nights here. That's going to take a toll on a team that is offensively challenged as it stands. St. Louis is tough in their own zone and they shut down teams with regularity. Look for this one to end up 3-2 or so, which puts the game under the total.

Prediction: Under 5.5

Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chris’ content daily.