With just two defeats in their last eight outings, the Arizona Coyotes (4th in West Division) travel to Vegas to face off against the Golden Knights (2nd in the West), who have dropped four of their past five decisions.
‘Yotes End Win StreakA three-game winning run came to an end for the Arizona Coyotes (19-16-5), who were edged out with a count of 4-3 by the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Wednesday. The ‘Yotes were leading 2-0 in the opening frame and were 3-1 up in the second before the hosts tallied three times in the final third. Lawson Crouse (3 goals, 9 points this year), Ilya Lyubushkin (1 goal, 2 points) and Johan Larsson (6 goals, 10 points) all lit the lamp for Arizona, which has now lost two of its past eight contests (6-2-0) and is 3-2-0 on its current season-long nine-game road trip.
"The guys take these losses to heart. We need to make sure we have a quick bounce back. We can be angry tonight, but we've got to get ready for Vegas."— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) April 8, 2021
The Wrap on Wednesday night: https://t.co/0y3vanaJDM
Goalie Adin Hill brushed aside 26 shots on Wednesday to go 7-5-1 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.79 GAA and a .909 save percentage. He has stopped all 20 shots faced in the previous 38 minutes played against the Vegas Golden Knights. The Coyotes, meanwhile, are netting the 11th lowest amount of goals per game this season (2.68), while conceding the 13th highest quantity on the defensive end (3.00). The team is 21st in power play with a 19.1% success rate and 9th best in penalty kill with 82.5% proficiency.
Knights Lose To BluesThe Vegas Golden Knights (25-11-2) were beaten for the fourth time in their last five fixtures (1-3-1) after splitting their two-game road set against the St. Louis Blues, following up Monday’s 6-1 victory with a 3-1 setback at Enterprise Center on Wednesday. The Knights outshot the hosts 51-35, witnessing further 25 shots blocked, and killed their only penalty, but failed to convert on all four of their power-play opportunities, eventually finding the back of the net just once with 4:16 remaining in the game when St. Louis was already leading 3-0. Nicolas Roy (2 goals, 7 points this year) tallied for Vegas.
💻 DeBoer: We generated some quality chances. We didn't have as much traffic as we had last game. Sometimes you have to give the other goalie some credit. pic.twitter.com/tkTXJrLxgi— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) April 8, 2021
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 32 shots on Wednesday to take his current performance status to 17-10-0 for the season with a 2.17 GAA and a .924 save percentage. He has posted a 12-7-1 previous total versus Arizona with a 2.07 GAA and a .927 save percentage, while Robin Lehner (7-1-2 this year with a 2.17 GAA and a .919 save percentage) has gone 6-2-1 against the Coyotes in the past with a 2.65 GAA and a .920 save percentage. The Golden Knights are 12th in most goals scored per game this season (3.16), top of the league in least goals allowed on average (2.26), 25th in power play (17.0%) and 2nd best in penalty kill (85.2%).
Arizona (according to Covers.com)
- Coyotes are 0-4 in their last 4 meetings with Golden Knights in Vegas.
- Coyotes are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.
Vegas (according to Covers.com)
- Golden Knights are 4-0 in their last 4 Friday games.
- Golden Knights are 36-16 in their last 52 home games.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Golden Knights have lost their past three domestic fixtures, but are riding a four-game home winning streak against Arizona, beating the Coyotes by more than one goal in three of those outings. So, backing Vegas to register its second win in six games on Friday is definitely a pretty good idea! Especially with the Coyotes struggling versus sides with a winning record, dropping six of their previous seven decisions. The ‘Yotes have also been underperforming against solid home opponents, losing 22 of their most recent 30 games as road underdogs, while Vegas’ recent record on Fridays is an incredible one. The team has won four straight games when playing just before the weekend.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Golden Knights recorded 51 shots on goal on Wednesday against the St. Louis Blues, scoring just once, and will be dying to explode offensively versus Arizona, against which they have already scored at least four goals in the very last three meetings contested in Sin City. Three of the past four head-to-head fixtures between the pair have already cruised past the set goal-mark, averaging no less than 6.67 snipes per matchup. Five of the previous six road contests of the Coyotes, meanwhile, have all been high-scoring affairs, recording an average of 7.60 strikes per outing.