The Pacific Division meets the Atlantic Division this evening as the Arizona Coyotes travel to the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec to duke it out with the Montreal Canadiens. The Coyotes come in off a 4-1 loss at Winnipeg, while the Canadiens are off a 2-1 home loss to the Blue Jackets in OT. Goalie Probables: The Coyotes will be sending out Antti Raanta in this one and the Canadiens will counter with Carey Price.
Coyotes Lose Two To The Jets
The miserable season continues for the Arizona Coyotes as they are now just 2-18 on ty he season so far. They come in having lost their last five games in a row, including getting swept by the Winnipeg Jets in a home-and-home series in their last two games. They just don’t have the talent on offense or in the crease to compete in the league at the moment. They lost both games to the Jets by Identical 4-1 scores. Scoring their lone goal in game two was Alex Goligoski, which was his 2nd goal of the year. The Coyotes have now failed to score more than two goals in a game for six games in a row. This is a very bad team right now and they have gone kist 1-11 on the road so far. Taking the loss against the Jets was Antti Raanta, who allowed three goals on 13 shot attempts before being removed in favor of Scott Wedgewood, who allowed one goal on 17 shot attempts. Raanta is now 1-7 with a 3.16 GAA and a .905 save percentage on the year, including 0-4 with a 3.60 GAA and a .877 save percentage on the road. In his career, he has gone 24-21 with a 2.70 GAA on the road and 8-7 with a 2.45 GAA during the month of November, while against the Atlantic Division he has gone 13-7 with a 2.40 GAA, including 2-0 with a 1.99 GAA against the Canadiens.
The Coyotes have been very poor on off this year as they come in ranked 30th in the league in scoring at 2.25 gpg, while also ranking 22nd in shots taken (30.3 spg) and 26th in power play conversions, converting on 14.8.% 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 3.90 gpg, while also ranking 20th in shots allowed (32.7 spg) and 28th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 24.5% of their chances.
Offense Remains A Struggle For THe Habs
The Montreal Canadiens just can’t seem to get on track this year and it starts with their offense, which has been among the worst in the league in the early going of the year. They come in off a 2-1 home loss t the Blue Jackets in OT and have now scored a total of eight goals over their last five games. Paul Byron scored their lone goal in the loss to the Blue Jackets and it was his 4th of the year. Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty each have seven goals to leads the team and no one else on the team has more than four. They really need to get their offense going or they may be on the outside looking in of the playoffs. The Canadiens have gone 4-5 at home for the year so far. Taking the loss against the Blue Jackets was Charlie Lindgren, who is still getting the starts because Carey Price is out. Lindgren is now 3-2 with a 1.39 GAA and a .957 save percentage on the year, including 2-2 with a 1.70 GAA here at home. This will be his first meeting with the Coyotes. In his career, he is now 6-2 with a 1.49 GAA overall, including 2-2 with a 1.73 GAA here at home.
The Canadiens have been really poor on offense so far as they come in ranked 29th in the league in scoring at 2.43 gpg, while also ranking 1st in shots taken (36.7 spg) and 20th in power play conversions, converting on 16.4% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been poor as they come in ranked 25th in goals allowed, giving up 3.33 gpg, while also ranking 8th in shots allowed (30.7%) and 28th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 25.0% of their chances.
- The Under is 5-0 in their last five after scoring two goals or less in their previous game
- The Under is 42-11-6 in their last 59 when their opponent allows two goals or less in their previous game
- The Under is 19-6-6 in their last 31 after allowing two goals or less in their previous game
- The Under is 7-3-1 in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
The Arizona Coyotes are not having a good year at all, while the Canadiens have really struggled out the gate as well. Both of these teams have struggled to score and both have struggled to stop teams from scoring. Well, the Canadiens struggled at that end of the ice until Charlie Lindgren started getting starts and he has a 1.39 GAA on the year overall and a 1.70 GAA at home and he will be facing an Arizona team that has averaged just 2.33 gpg on the road. Antti Raanta has really struggled this year, but the Habs have averaged just 2.22 gpg at home. Arizona has scored just seven goals in their last five games, while the Habs have put up eight goals in their last five games. I say to go with the Under in this one.