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#27 Arizona Coyotes 5.5 vs.
#28 Chicago Blackhawks -110
Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 7:05pm EST
United Center, Chicago
Written by Valdis Pans

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Having swept a road back-to-back stretch to end a three-game losing run, the Chicago Blackhawks (7th in Central Division) are returning to own ice to host the Arizona Coyotes (2nd in Pacific), who have won two of their past three travels…

Coyotes Split Back-To-Back

A back-to-back set finished off a three-game road stretch of the Arizona Coyotes (17-10-4), who split the duo of games (1-1-0) in a matter of 24 hours, ending the excursion with a 2-1-0 record. The ‘Yotes followed up Tuesday’s 4-2 victory at the Columbus Blue Jackets with a 3-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday before being blanked with a count of 2-0 by the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena the following evening. With that, Arizona has now lost three of its past five contests (2-2-1), but still currently sports a 10-4-3 road record.

Goalie Darcy Kuemper (12-6-2 on the year with a 1.92 GAA and a .937 save percentage), who made 28 saves in Philly, has posted a 2-2-1 career total versus Chicago with a 2.37 GAA and a .919 save percentage, while Antti Raanta (5-4-2 this season with a 2.52 GAA and a .926 save percentage), who stopped 24 shots in Pittsburgh, is 3-1-0 against the Blackhawks previously with a 1.00 GAA and a .968 save percentage. The Coyotes are 7th in least goals netted per game (2.61), 2nd in least goals allowed on average (2.26), 12th in power play (19.6%) and 15th in penalty kill (81.8%).

Blackhawks Win Two In Row

Just like the ‘Yotes, the Chicago Blackhawks (12-12-5) also just finished a back-to-back set, grabbing all four points from it throughout a period of 24 hours. The ‘Hawks bagged a 4-3 overtime win against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Thursday before banking a 2-1 shootout victory versus the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center the following evening. Dylan Strome (6 goals, 20 points this year) picked up a team-high three points (1 goal, 2 assists) throughout the stretch, with Chicago now having won three of its past nine outings (3-5-1) following a four-game winning run prior. The team is 7-7-2 on own ice this season.

Goalie Corey Crawford (6-7-2 on the year with a 2.89 GAA and a .912 save percentage), who turned away 29 shots in Newark, is 12-4-2 versus Arizona in past encounters with a 2.55 GAA and a .908 save percentage. Robin Lehner (6-5-3 this season with a 2.71 GAA and a .929 save percentage), who made 37 saves in Boston, meanwhile, has posted a perfect 5-0-0 career tally against the Coyotes with a 2.00 GAA and a .936 save percentage. The Blackhawks are 10th in least goals scored per game (2.72), 14th in most goals allowed on average (2.97), 25th in power play (14.9%) and 17th in penalty kill (80.4%).

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Arizona has been the better team between the two sides lately, winning three of its last four overall meetings with the Blackhawks after Chicago banked nine straight victories prior. Currently this season so far, the ‘Yotes are also the better team, presently sitting 2nd in the Pacific Division, while the ‘Hawks are dead last in the Central Division. Does that give some advantage to Arizona? Well, yes! The Coyotes have already recorded five wins in their previous seven outings versus sides with a losing record, while the ‘Hawks have hardly impressed on own ice lately, losing four of their past five domestic matchups.

Prediction: Arizona Coyotes (-110)

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Out of the last 34 meetings between the two sides in Chicago, 22 have gone under the total. So, that’s where your money is the safest when betting on the amount of goals for this fixture! Four of the last seven overall contests of the Blackhawks have already been decided within the realm of just five markers, while 19 of the previous 27 away matchups of the Coyotes have all been low-scoring affairs.

Prediction: Under 5.5
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Written By Valdis Pans

Valdis got his first ever article published when he was 13, and has rarely stopped. He has worked for FHM, MTV Baltics and has done loads of freelance (from columns for Cosmopolitan magazine to helping with organization of Macy Gray's shows in the Northern Europe). Speaks five different languages, loves pizza, American Horror Story and pipe organ music, and knows European soccer better than dates of his family members' birthdays. Is an avid fan of ice-hockey too. He is a Latvian after all...