A pair of Pacific Division teams renew their rivalry on the ice in British Columbia. The Arizona Coyotes head westward as they face off with the Vancouver Canucks Thursday night. Arizona comes in off a 3-2 shootout win on the road over Edmonton Tuesday night in their last contest. Vancouver fell 3-2 on the road to San Jose in their last contest Saturday night. The Coyotes took both meetings this season to date, including a 4-3 overtime win on the road in the most recent matchup on January 10.
Arizona Coyotes Shooting for Back to Back Road Wins
Arizona bounced back from their road loss to the Flames on Monday afternoon by downing the Oilers in a shootout Tuesday night. The Coyotes entered Thursday 10 points behind the Golden Knights for the final guaranteed playoff spot in the Pacific Division. The team was two points behind Colorado for the second wild card spot. Arizona is 28th in the league as they’ve average 2.57 goals per game so far while the team is 11th in scoring defense by allowing 2.88 goals per game. The Coyotes come into this one 22nd on the power play as they have cashed in on 17.3 percent of their chances with the man advantage. Arizona is 1st on the penalty kill as they have successfully killed off 85.6 percent of their shorthanded situations on the season.
The Coyotes scratched and clawed their way to a critical two points by downing Edmonton on the road Tuesday night. Arizona looks to continue gaining ground in the race for a playoff spot. The Coyotes held a 9-8 edge on shots in the opening period but the teams were scoreless after 20 minutes of play. In the second period, Arizona held a 16-7 edge in shots on goal and tallied the lone goal to skate off with a 1-0 advantage. Josh Archibald tallied the opening goal of the game with his eighth of the year at the 7:12 mark. Derek Stepan and Jakob Chychrun drew the assists on the goal. The third period saw the Coyotes outshot 15-8 and outscored 2-1 to send the game to overtime. After Edmonton tied the game, Vinnie Hinostroza gave Arizona a 2-1 lead at the 10:37 mark of the period. His 10th of the season was assisted by Niklas Hjalmarsson and Mario Kempe. The Coyotes gave up the tying goal with 11 seconds to play in regulation. In overtime, Arizona was outshot 7-2 but neither team lit the lamp, forcing a shootout. Alex Galchenyuk and Hinostroza scored in the shootout to offset a Leon Draisaitl tally for Edmonton to give the Coyotes the win. Darcy Kuemper made 35 saves for Arizona in the victory: the Coyotes were outshot 37-35 in the game.
Vancouver Canucks Hope to Gain Ground After Rest
Vancouver is rested after being off since Saturday night, so they have the rest factor coming into this contest. The Canucks are tied for fourth in the Pacific Division, 10 points behind Vegas for the final guaranteed playoff spot: they are two points behind the Avalanche for the second wild card spot entering Thursday’s action. Vancouver is 24th in the league in goals scored with an average of 2.78 per game while the team is tied for 17th in goals against by allowing 3.08 per contest. The Canucks are 26thon the power play as they have cashed in 15.8 percent of their chances with the man advantage. They are 17th on the penalty kill by successfully killing off 80.3 percent of their shorthanded situations.
The Canucks fell for the seventh time in their last 10 games as they were unable to come up with the win over the Sharks on the road. Vancouver was outshot 11-8 in the opening period but skated off tied at one after 20 minutes of play. The Canucks fell behind 1-0 early in the period after giving up a power play marker before Antoine Roussel tied the game with his seventh of the year at the 4:42 mark of the period. Alex Biega drew the assist on that goal. In the second period, Vancouver held a commanding 19-6 edge in shots on goal but gave up the lone tally in the period to trail 2-1 after 40 minutes. The third period saw the Canucks outshot 9-7 but both teams scored once, leaving them on the short end of the scoreboard. Brock Boeser tied the game at the 4:31 mark with his 21st of the season. Elias Petterssonand Derrick Pouliot drew the assists on the goal. Later in the period, San Jose took the lead and Vancouver was unable to get the equalizer over the final 6:54 of the contest. Jacob Markstrom made 23 saves for the Canucks in the loss: Vancouver outshot San Jose 34-26 in the game.
- Canucks are 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite of -110 to -150
- Canucks are 0-7 in their last 7 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game
- Coyotes are 4-0 in their last 4 games as a road underdog of +110 to +150
- Coyotes are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a losing record
- Coyotes are 9-3 in their last 12 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous gam