It’s two teams trying to keep faint playoff hopes alive squaring off on Tuesday night as the Arizona Coyotes visit the Pacific Division rival Edmonton Oilers for the final time this season.
Coyotes vs Oilers Betting Analysis
These clubs won’t be Pacific Division rivals for too much longer as the Coyotes will be moving to the Central Division for the 2021-22 season with the addition of expansion Seattle (nickname TBA) to the Pacific that year.
Hugely disappointing seasons for both franchises, and it could cost second-year Arizona coach Rick Tocchet (from Scarborough, Ontario) his job. He might get a chance to start 2019-20 only as the team has been hit hard by injuries. The Coyotes had playoff hopes for 2018-19 after closing last year strong.
It’s the third of four meetings between the teams, with Edmonton returning to the desert on March 16. They have split the first two, each winning on the road. The one at Rogers Place was the most recent meeting on Jan. 12 and Arizona prevailed 3-2. Conor Garland’s second power-play goal of the game, at 1:54 of the third, was the winner. Edmonton’s goals were from Connor McDavid (for 1-0 lead) and Kris Russell (tied it 2-2). Darcy Kuemper and Cam Talbot were in net.
Edmonton is 7-2 in the past nine meetings, and the total has gone under in eight of the previous 11.
Second of a back-to-back for the Coyotes here. We projected they would lose 4-2 in Calgary on Monday and they lost 5-2. Garland (12th of season) and Jordan Weal (fourth) had the Arizona goals, both coming in the second period. Backup Calvin Pickard got the start in net and has now allowed four goals in three of his last four starts – he has lost all four of them. Should be Kuemper on Tuesday. He’s 14-14-5 with a 2.68 GAA and .913 SV. Not clear if winger Richard Panik will play after sitting Monday with an illness. He has 11 goals and 13 assists. The Coyotes have won just 16 of the past 53 in the second of a back-to-back.
Edmonton lost its fourth in a row on Saturday and completed a winless three-game trip with a 5-2 loss at the Islanders – all four losses have been by multiple goals. Leon Draisaitl cut the Islanders’ lead to 3-2 at 10:20 of the third with his 35th goal of the season, but the Islanders put it away with goals from Anders Lee at 17:44 and Brock Nelson at 18:16 of the period. Mikko Koskinen took his seventh consecutive loss and is now 14-14-2 with a 2.90 goals-against-average and a .905 save percentage. Tuesday could be the season debut of defenceman Andrej Sekera as he was taken off injured reserve. He has been out with an Achilles tendon tear. The veteran had eight assists in 36 games a season ago. Edmonton looks to end a five-game home skid.