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This Western Conference matchup features the Minnesota Wild vs the Arizona Coyotes. This early November battle will give the struggling Minnesota Wild (2-8 on the road) a chance to inspire hope, while the Coyotes look to devour another win. Arizona has been red-hot at home, winning four of their six home games this season.
Wild struggle earlyOnly a month into the season, the Wild have had a laundry list of woes, including seven injuries throughout the first month of the season. Minnesota has 37 goals this season, 28th in the NHL. The Wild have not been able to gel together as expected, and in turn, has resulted in an offense that averages less than 30 shots a game. On the flip side, the Wild's defense has been just that, Wild. Minnesota has allowed just over 30 shots a game, translating to 51 goals allowed, 28th in the league.
The Wild offense on the road net less than two goals a game, averaging 1.8, 30th in the NHL. Minnesota's road struggles continue on the other half of the ice, allowing 3.60 goals per game. That is just under a -2 goal differential per game when travelling on the road.
Coyotes stay hotIn their last ten games, the Coyotes are 7-2-1. Arizona has been rock solid on defense thus far, allowing only 2.31 goals per game (2nd best in the NHL). Led by Alex Goligoski, the Coyotes have been winning the majority of their games on the laurels of their defenceman.
The Coyotes have been nothing special when it comes to putting pucks in the net. Arizona is 19th in the league in scoring, a trend that falls when on their home ice. The Coyotes only net 2.8 goals per game at home, a dismal 26th in the NHL. This does not give cause for concern, as the defense has shown zero signs of slowing down.
According to Covers.com Arizona is 7-3 when favourites between -110 and -150. The Coyotes are 4-1 in their last 5 vs Western Conference opponents.
According to Covers.com, Minnesota is 18-42 in their last 60 games, and 8-20 in their last 28 games with only one day of rest. Short rest has not been kind to the Wild and will slow down their already struggling skaters.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Arizona Coyotes are going to win this game. The NHL is hard to predict and obviously the NHL is a hard league to win in, however, the Wild stink. They cannot score, they cannot stop other people from scoring, and on the road, they can only convert 10% of powerplays. The Wild have not been able to find their footing this season, and it will not start against the Coyotes, who just keep on rolling. The Coyotes are 4-2 at home, and 7-2-1 in their last ten games. Look for this trend to continue.
Despite the injuries Arizona has been facing, their team has been able to stay strong, and each player steps up for whatever role they need. This includes Antti Raanta, whos goaltending has been improving over the last few games.
According to Covers.com, in their last five games against Western Conference opponents are 4-1. Arizona is 5-1 in their last six games as home favorites. Look for these trends to continue as Arizona faces the struggling Wild.
Prediction: ARIZONA -145
Full-Game Total Pick
The Under is the play here. These two teams should convince everyone that a scoring shootout is out of the question. The under has hit in four straight games for the Wild. Minnesota has one of the worst offenses in the NHL, a positive note when hoping for a lack of scoring. The Coyotes also have a struggling offense, while also boasting a fantastic defense. This could not be a better scenario when pulling for the under. The under has hit in ten of the last 15 games for Arizona.
The Under is obvious in this Western Conference showdown. The Coyotes are going to win this game, and have a real chance of shutting the Wild out. Take the Under, and if you want to get risky, put a little bit of cash on the Wild scoring zero goals. The Under is low so when it hits the payout will be rewarding at +115.
Prediction: UNDER 5 +115