Vegas Golden Knights (35-11-2) vs. Arizona Coyotes (21-24-5)
The Vegas Golden Knights will be looking for their 11th straight victory when they take on the Arizona Coyotes on Friday. Vegas defeated Colorado on Wednesday, 5-2, for their 10th win in a row. The Golden Knights have not lost since April 7. Arizona is coming off a pair of losses to San Jose after falling on Wednesday, 4-2.
Vegas is the favorite -189 with the line being set at +170 for Arizona. The Golden Knights have defeated the Coyotes the last three times these teams have met, including a 1-0 victory back on April 11. Vegas is 7-3-0 in the last 10 meetings between these teams. The Coyotes are 3-6-1 in the last 10 meetings.
Golden Knights Extend Streak with Decisive Victory over AvalancheMax Pacioretty scored two goals and added an assist as Vegas rolled over Colorado, 5-2. Mark Stone scored a goal and added two assists in the victory. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 35 of 37 shots to help lead Vegas to their 10th straight win.
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Vegas is third in the NHL in goals per game at 3.42 and is first in goals allowed per contest at 2.15. They are eighth in shooting percentage at 10.5%. The power-play has struggled, 23rd in the NHL at 18.4%, but they are first in penalty killing it 86.5%.
Fleury has been outstanding this season, going 22-10-0 with a 2.08 GAA and a .927 save percentage. He has allowed two goals in four straight games and has allowed eight total over his last five contests.
With his two goals on Wednesday, Pacioretty now leads the team with 24 tallies and he is second in points with 50. Stone solidified his top spot on the team in points with 56. The Golden Knights will be without Tomas Nosek, but Nicolas Roy is listed as questionable.
First Period Surge Dooms CoyotesSan Jose scored three goals in the first 14 minutes of the game on their way to a 4-2 victory over Arizona on Wednesday. Phil Kessel and Johan Larsson each scored a goal for the Coyotes. Darcy Kuemper stopped 27 of 30 shots in taking the loss. The defeat hurt Arizona, who are three points behind St. Louis for the fourth spot in the West Division standings.
“We’re going to fight right until the end, regardless of the situation."— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) April 29, 2021
The Wrap on Wednesday: https://t.co/nBLravPjtl
Arizona is 26th in scoring at 2.62 goals per game and is 22nd in goals allowed per contest at 3.16. They are 13th in shooting percentage at 9.7%. The special teams have been mediocre, 18th on the power-play at 19.8% and 13th in penalty killing it 80.3%.
It could be either Adin Hill (7-8-1, 2.84, .911) or Kuemper (9-10-2, 2.55, .907) between the pipes on Friday. Antti Raanta is still listed as questionable.
Kessel leads the team in goals with 18 and in points with 38. Jakob Chychrun is close behind at 36 points. Conor Garland is the team leader in assists with 22 and has 32 total points, fourth on Arizona. Garland is listed as questionable for Friday’s game.
Vegas Golden Knights:
- 10-0 in their last 10 games.
- 5-0 in their last five games on the road.
- 6-0 in their last six games on Friday.
- 2-9 in their last 11 games.
- 5-16 in their last 21 games when playing on one day’s rest.
- 1-10 in their last 11 games against a team with a winning percentage greater than 60%.
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Full-Game Side Bet
Vegas enters this contest on a roll, while Arizona is quickly seeing a chance at a playoff berth come to an end. This is about the worst opponent that the Coyotes could ask for, as they are 1-7 in the last eight meetings between these teams and are 2-5 in the last seven meetings in Arizona. Fleury is playing excellent while Arizona is struggling to score.
You have to like a team that is on a roll like this. If they were facing Colorado, I would see there would be less of a chance of them winning this game. However, any other team in this division is simply not up to playing a red-hot team like the Golden Knights. Give Vegas their 11th win in a row.
Full-Game Total Pick
Vegas has gone over in four of their last five games and has gone over in four of their last five games on the road. The Coyotes have gone over in 14 of their last 20 games and have gone over in four of their last five games on a Friday.
Make no mistake, I am not expecting a huge offensive outpouring from Arizona in this contest. However, I would not be surprised to see Vegas put up at least four goals in this game. They have scored five goals in each of their last three games and in four of their last five games. I look for five here as well.
Take the Golden Knights to win, 5-1.