Will the Arizona Coyotes Overcome Their Injuries to Upset the St. Louis Blues?
The Arizona Coyotes will head to the Enterprise Center on Monday night to take on the St. Louis Blues in a Western Conference matchup. The Coyotes are last in the Western Conference (21-41-5, 47 points) while the Blues are currently third in the Central Division (37-20-9, 83 points) up to this point. This will be the third of four games against one another as they split the first two games with their final game on April 23. The last time they played back on November 16, Arizona picked up a 3-2 road win.
These teams are at two completely different levels up to this point in the season so it will be an interesting matchup to dissect. Let’s take a deeper dive into the Arizona Coyotes and the St. Louis Blues to determine which side we should be betting for this game.
Can the St. Louis Blues’ Offense Dominate As They Take On the Arizona Coyotes?
The Coyotes are struggling on the offensive side of the ice as they are averaging 2.57 goals on 25.7 shots thus far. Right winger Clayton Keller is out with a broken leg so center Nick Schmaltz has to lead here as he has put up 47 points (20 goals, 27 assists) while adding five points in the last five games.
Arizona is allowing 3.55 goals on 35.6 shot attempts up to this point. Goalie Karel Vejmelka has struggled in the net as he is 11-26-2 with 3.38 goals allowed per game and a .906 save percentage.
Center Jordan Kyrou has been doing decently well this season as he is tied for 35th in the NHL in assists and tied for 42nd in the league in points as he has 62 points (22 goals, 40 assists) with an additional three points in his last five games.
The St. Louis Blues are dominating offensively as they are scoring 2.57 goals on 25.7 shot attempts right now. Goaltender Ville Husso has been one of the better players in the net as he is 18-6-4 with a .923 save percentage and 2.40 goals allowed per game. Defensively, the Blues are giving up 2.85 goals allowed on 31.3 shots so far.
Arizona Coyotes at St. Louis Blues Betting Prediction
There is an obvious difference in the talent level this season and with the Arizona Coyotes dealing with a bunch of injuries, it will be a struggle to keep up. Looking at the defensive side of the game in the last couple of games as the Coyotes are allowing 3.6 goals in their last five games while the Blues are giving up two goals in their previous two games. Arizona is 34-33 against the spread this season while St. Louis is 36-30 against the spread so far. All in all, go with the St. Louis Blues to dominate at home in this game and cover the puck line.
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**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.