Canucks vs. Coyotes Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Oct 25, 2018

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The Arizona Coyotes are hoping a change of scenery can help Alex Galchenyuk find his scoring touch. He's back after beginning the season on the shelf.

Vancouver
35-36-5-6
AT
October 25, 2018, 10:00 PM ET
Gila River Arena
Arizona
39-35-5-3
Puckline +1.5 -140
Moneyline +175
Over / Under o +5.5

71%

Betting Action

29%

Puckline -1.5 +120
Moneyline -210
Over / Under u +5.5

71%

Betting Action

29%

Two of the most promising second-year players in the NHL will be on display Thursday night — hopefully — as the Vancouver Canucks wrap up quick two-game road trip through the American southwest with a visit to the Arizona Coyotes.

Canucks vs Coyotes Betting Analysis

This is the first time this season the Canucks are playing the second of a back-to-back, but at least it was a very short flight from Las Vegas on Wednesday night to Phoenix. Vancouver’s next back-to-back is at the Rangers on Nov. 12 and at the Islanders the next night.

One big story line here could/will be two of the best rookies from last year’s class sharing the ice in Vancouver’s Brock Boeser, who finished second in the Calder Trophy voting behind the Islanders’ Mathew Barzal, and Arizona’s Clayton Keller, who finished third. That’s if Boeser plays (see below).

These teams split four meetings a season ago, each getting one win at home and on the road. Boeser played in just one of the games and had an assist. Daniel Sedin led Vancouver with four points (all goals) and Henrik Sedin had three (all assists). Or course, the Sedins are retired now. Jacob Markstrom started each in net and had a 1.75 goals-against average and .941 save percentage.

Keller (1G, 3A) and Derek Stepan (2G, 2A) led the Coyotes with four points vs. the Canucks. Darcy Kuemper was 2-1-1 with a 1.99 GAA and .928 SV. He was acquired last season from the LA Kings and now backs up Antti Raanta.

The home team is 5-2 in the past seven meetings.

Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver was a 3-2 shootout upset winner in Las Vegas on Wednesday night – the Canucks have now beaten powerhouses Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Vegas away from home. Markus Granlund scored the only goal of the shootout Wednesday. Bo Horvat was the No. 1 star with two goals and has nine points (seven goals) in the past nine games. Markstrom stopped 33 shots in regulation and all four in the shootout. However, Alexander Edler, Sven Baertschi and Chris Tanev all left injured. Boeser took part in the Wednesday morning skate in Las Vegas but ended up sitting with a groin injury. He might play Thursday. The Canucks have lost their past seven in the second of a back-to-back. Should be Anders Nilsson in net.

Arizona Coyotes

The Coyoted concluded a four-game trip on Tuesday at 2-2 with a very solid 4-1 win in Columbus. Christian Fletcher (not to be confused with Fletcher Christian from the HMS Bounty) was the easy call as the No. 1 star with his first career hat trick. Former Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk made his Coyotes debut off an injury and was minus-1 in 15 minutes of ice time. Arizona has yet to have another good young player, centre Christian Dvorak, this season due to surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle. Dvorak, 22, finished fifth on the Coyotes last season with 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists). Perhaps not coincidentally, the Coyotes are last in the league in scoring.

Canucks vs. Coyotes Prediction

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