Hurricanes vs. Coyotes Odds & Picks: Can Carolina Win Big? (Monday, April 18)
Rich Graessle/Getty Images. Pictured: Sebastian Aho #20 of the Carolina Hurricanes.
- The Coyotes host the Hurricanes as heavy home underdogs.
- Can the Coyotes turn things around and keep this matchup close, or will the Hurricanes bounce back after Saturday's loss?
- Tony Sartori breaks down the matchup and shares his best bet below.
Hurricanes vs. Coyotes Odds
|Over/Under||6 (-125 / +105)|
|Time||10 p.m. ET|
|Odds via BetMGM. Get up-to-the-minute NHL Odds here.|
The Metropolitan Division’s first-place Carolina Hurricanes travel to Arizona to take on the Central Division’s eighth-place Coyotes. This is the second meeting between these two teams this season as the Hurricanes won the first matchup 2-1 back at the end of October.
Will the Coyotes keep this game close once again, or can the Hurricanes win by a larger margin this time around?
How Much Will the Hurricanes Offense Help Out Raanta?
The Carolina Hurricanes enter this contest following Saturday’s 7-4 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. Facing the Coyotes is a great bounce back spot for the Hurricanes as Arizona has been playing some of the worst hockey I have ever seen recently.
With starting goaltender Frederik Andersen likely to miss this game with a lower-body injury, we can expect to see backup goaltender Antti Raanta between the pipes. Even though he serves in the backup role, Raanta has been solid this season as he boasts a 0.913 Save Percentage.
He has been playing his best hockey of late as he has posted an excellent 0.920 Save Percentage over his last 10 appearances. Raanta should get plenty of help in front of him as the Hurricanes possess one of the best offenses in the league.
This season, the Hurricanes rank second in the league in five-on-five Expected Goals For per 60 minutes (xGF). The Hurricanes offense will be a major problem for the Coyotes to handle, as they can’t stop anybody right now, let alone an elite NHL offense.
Coyotes Struggling Mightily Down the Stretch
The Arizona Coyotes enter this contest following Saturday’s 9-1 loss to the Calgary Flames. This blowout was nothing new for the Coyotes as the wheels have fallen completely off the tracks in April.
Arizona has now lost seven of its last eight games, with all seven of those losses coming by at least a four-goal margin. Yes, you read that correctly, a four-goal margin.
Over those eight games, the Coyotes are averaging just 1.25 goals scored per contest. For the season as a whole, Arizona now ranks dead-last in the league in five-on-five Expected Goals For per 60 minutes (xGF).
Not only can they not score the puck, but the Coyotes also can’t stop It either as they are giving up an average of 5.63 goals per game over their last eight contests. This season, Arizona now ranks just 30th in the league in five-on-five Expected Goals Against per 60 minutes (xGA).
Hurricanes vs. Coyotes Pick
While there is not a strong projection on which goaltender is getting the start in net for the Coyotes, it quite frankly does not matter as all their options are terrible. This line will move quickly, and I do not believe the puck line for Carolina will stay short, but it is worth playing at -1.5 (-130) with value down to -150.
As I mentioned in my Coyotes/Flames article on Saturday, the Coyotes would probably let a junior team score a few goals on them, so the Hurricanes should have no problem in this game.
Pick: Carolina Hurricanes -1.5 (-130) | Play Down to -150
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