Arizona Coyotes at Vancouver Canucks 12/22/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 12/21/2014
Monday, December 22, 2014 at 10:00 PM ET
Rogers Arena in Vancouver
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On Monday night, the Arizona Coyotes will be taking on the Vancouver Canucks in a game between two teams that give up about three goals per game. Earlier this season, the Coyotes were able to blow out the Canucks 5-0 in Vancouver.
The Coyotes have now lost six out of their last seven games after the Los Angeles Kings beat them 4-2 on the road on Saturday night. They were 0-for-3 on the power play in that loss and only ended up with a total of 17 shots on goal.
So far this season, the Coyotes have given up over 3.2 goals per game, which makes them one of the worst defensive teams in the NHL. Goalie Mike Smith has a 5-14-2 record this year with a .889 save percentage and a 3.35 GAA. Defenseman Keith Yandle leads the team in assists right now with 18, while left wing Mikkel Boedker leads them in goals with nine.
On Saturday night, the Canucks were able to snap their five-game losing streak when they defeated the Calgary Flames 3-2 in overtime. They scored on one of their four power plays in that win and ended up with a 32-28 shooting advantage.
Through 32 games, the Canucks are in the top half of the league in both scoring and penalty kill percentage. Goalie Ryan Miller has won 17 of his 24 starts this season with three shutouts, a 2.65 GAA and a .901 save percentage.
Arizona Coyotes Betting Trends
Arizona Coyotes are 11-21-0 Against the Spread
Arizona Coyotes are 16-14-0 against the Over/Under
Vancouver Canucks Betting Trends
Vancouver Canucks are 19-13-0 Against the Spread
Vancouver Canucks are 16-13-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
12/20/14 LW Lauri Korpikoski Lower Body "?" Monday vs Vancouver
12/20/14 D Michael Stone Upper Body "?" Monday vs Vancouver
11/22/14 D Brandon Gormley Lower Body out indefinitely
12/21/14 RW Jannik Hansen Undisclosed injured last game, "?" Monday vs. Arizona
11/28/14 RW Zach Kassian Finger expected to miss 2-3 weeks
11/22/14 D Dan Hamhuis Groin out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Vancouver
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