It’s a Pacific Division battle on the ice in the Silver State between a couple of teams looking to pick up two points in the standings. The Arizona Coyotes are on the road as they make the trip to face the Vegas Golden Knights Tuesday night. Arizona comes in off a 3-2 home win over Dallas in their last game Saturday night. Vegas fell 4-3 at home to Columbus in their last contest Saturday night. The Golden Knights have won six of the last seven meetings between the teams, including both matchups this season. In the last meeting, Vegas took a 5-1 road win on December 30, 2018.
Arizona Coyotes Chasing Wild Card Spot in Western Conference
Arizona snapped a five-game losing skid as they managed to take down Dallas at home Saturday night. The Coyotes entered Monday 13 points behind the Golden Knights for the final guaranteed playoff spot in the Pacific Division. The team was six points back of St. Louis and Minnesota for the wild card spots. Arizona is 28th in the league as they’ve averaged 2.6 goals per game so far while the team is an impressive 13th in scoring defense by allowing 2.91 goals per game. The Coyotes come into this one 21st on the power play as they have cashed in on 17.5 percent of their chances with the man advantage. Arizona is 1st on the penalty kill as they have successfully killed off 85.1 percent of their shorthanded situations on the season.
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— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) February 9, 2019
The Coyotes broke their five-game slide where they scored more than two goals just once by beating Dallas. Arizona outshot Dallas 18-15 in the opening period and skated off with a 1-0 advantage. Alex Goligoski had the marker, which came on the power play at 8:49, gave the Coyotes the edge. His third of the season came off assists from Alex Galchenyuk and Jordan Oesterle. The second period saw Arizona own an 11-10 edge in shots and they scored the lone goal again to double their lead to 2-0. Galchenyuk tallied the marker, his 10th of the year, at 15:31 on the power play. Nick Cousins and Goligoski drew the assists on the goal. In the third period, both teams had 10 shots on goal and Arizona was outscored 2-1 yet emerged with the win. Galchenyuk scored his second of the game and 11th of the year at 3:39 to make it 3-0. Cousins and Clayton Keller drew the assists on that goal. Dallas tallied twice, drawing within one with 3:12 to play after tallying twice in 27 seconds. Darcy Kuemper made 33 saves for Arizona in the win, who outshot the Stars 39-35.
Vegas Golden Knights Looking to Get Back in Win Column
Vegas had their two-game win streak snapped with a defeat at home to Columbus in their last game. The Golden Knights entered Monday holding the final guaranteed playoff spot in the Pacific Division: they stand eight points behind the Flames and seven back of San Jose. Vegas enters this game 15th in the league in goals per game as they score 2.95 goals per contest. The Golden Knights are 5th in the league in goals against as they give up 2.74 per game. Vegas is 20th in power play success as they’ve converted 18.1 percent of their chances with the man advantage. The Golden Knights are 5th in the league in penalty killing as they kill off 83.4 percent of their shorthanded chances.
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— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) February 10, 2019
The Golden Knights lost for the fifth time in their last seven games as they were upended by Columbus. In the opening period, Vegas was outshot 13-9 but led 2-1 after the opening 20 minutes. After trailing 1-0, the Golden Knights tied the game 32 seconds later at the 4:36 mark on Nate Schmidt’s fifth of the season. Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith assisted on that goal. Late in the period, Jon Merrill scored his second of the season, a shorthanded marker, at 17:49 to give Vegas a 2-1 lead. William Karlsson and Smith drew the assists on the goal. In the second period, the Golden Knights were outshot 9-3 and gave up the lone goal to skate off tied at two after 40 minutes. The third period saw both teams have 11 shots on goal but Columbus outscored Vegas 2-1 to steal the win. Cody Eakin gave Vegas a 3-2 lead with his 15th of the season at the 9:21 mark off assists from Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. The Golden Knights gave up two goals to Cam Atkinson to end up with the loss. Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves in the loss for Vegas: both teams had 33 shots in the game.
- Golden Knights are 4-0 in their last 4 games as a favorite of -201 or greater
- Golden Knights are 4-0 in their last 4 games as a home favorite of -201 or greater
- Golden Knights are 7-1 in their last 8 games playing on 2 day of rest
- Coyotes are 1-5 in their last 6 overall
- Coyotes are 1-5 in their last 6 games as an underdog
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Vegas suffered a tough loss in their last contest but they are at home in this contest, which is favorable for them. The Golden Knights are a solid 16-7-2 at home this season while Arizona does have a winning record on the road at 14-13-2. This one is going to be a tough, physical contest where both teams are going to use the body and play solid defensive zone hockey. Arizona snapped a five-game slide in their last one but the Golden Knights have too much firepower here. Look for Vegas to come up with the win in this contest.
Prediction: Vegas Golden Knights -230
Full-Game Total Pick
We’re looking at a Vegas team that is fifth in the league in goals against per contest this season. Arizona is 13th in that category thanks to their five-game skid as they were seventh prior to that. Both teams are excellent on the penalty kill, which is a strong suit as the Coyotes lead the league while the Golden Knights are fifth. It’s going to be interesting to see if there’s going to be a ton of offense in this contest given the inconsistency on both sides. Can the Golden Knights bounce back for a win here?
The under is 4-1 in the Coyotes’ last five after a win, 5-2-2 in their last nine overall and 5-2-2 in their last nine as an underdog. Vegas has seen the under go 3-0-1 in their last four on Tuesday, 4-0-1 in their last five on two days of rest and 5-1-1 in their last seven against Western Conference foes. Given the good defensive metrics on both sides, this one ends up under the number.
Prediction: Under 5.5