The Arizona Coyotes and the Calgary Flames meet in NHL action from the Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday night.
The Arizona Coyotes come into this one looking to snap a three-game losing skid after a 4-2 loss to the Seattle Kraken last time out. Clayton Keller leads the Coyotes with 62 points, logging a team-high 27 goals and 35 assists while Shayne Gostisbehere has 30 assists as part of his 40 points this season. Nick Schmaltz has 43 points with 19 goals and 24 assists and Phil Kessel also has 39 points with 32 assists while Lawson Crouse has 20 goals and Travis Boyd has 12 goals on the year. Karel Vejmelka’s seen the majority of the action in goal for Arizona, going 10-24-1 with a 3.37 GAA and a .905 save percentage this season.
The Calgary Flames will hope to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last six games following a 4-3 loss to San Jose in their last game. Johnny Gaudreau leads the Flames in scoring with 82 points including a team-high 53 assists while Elias Lindholm has 65 points with 34 assists and 31 goals with Gaudreau posting a +44 plus/minus rating while Lindholm has a +45 rating. Matthew Tkachuk has 29 goals and 47 assists for his 76 points while Andrew Mangiapane has 44 points and 30 goals of his own. Jacob Markstrom’s gone 29-12-7 with a 2.11 GAA and a .927 save percentage up to this point in the season in goal for Calgary.
Arizona is 25-55 in their last 80 games overall and 5-2 in their last 7 road games while the over is 6-1-1 in their last 8 games as a road underdog. Calgary is 15-4 in their last 19 home games and 12-3 in their last 15 games against the Western Conference while the over is 8-3-2 in their last 13 games against the Central division.
I get the case to be made both ways here as the Flames are a justified favorite, but this price does feel a bit steep. I’m leaning towards the Coyotes though. We’ve seen multiple times this season, these super-heavy favorites fall and the Flames could have one eye ahead on their next installment of the Battle of Alberta after this one. I’ll take my shot with Arizona here.
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