The Montreal Canadiens have been trucking out results of late, defending home-ice with aplomb. They welcome Arizona Coyotes on Monday night after winning three-straight games at home. While the Canadiens are high in confidence from recent results, they will be wary of a Coyotes side that was brushed off by the leaders of the Atlantic Division, the Boston Bruins.
Arizona Coyotes are having a less impressive season, and their last game out proved this to be true. They only won a single game out of their previous five matches, which has stained their once decent record in the league. They are 27-23-7 on the season which is good enough to land them in 5th place in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference.
Montreal Canadiens vs Arizona Coyotes Predictions
The Coyotes team’s stats show that the franchise is not that bad. The team just needs to strengthen its roaster before the NHL trade deadline closes. With less than three weeks out, Arizona coach Rick Tocchet has his work cut out to turn the team’s fortunes. Here’s are some of the factors that will influence the game:
Arizona will be crossing thumbs that goaltenders Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta are ready to play on Monday after sustaining injuries. Listed on the injury report for Coyotes is also Jason Demers, Barrett Hayton (day to day), and Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
They will hope that the team’s lead in points and assists, Nick Schmaltz plays a perfect game when they travel to Montreal. He has 39 points and 31 assists this season.
Montreal is banking on the form of goalie Carey Price to maintain his excellent defense in the poles. Last time out, he made 22 saves out of the 23 that Maple Leafs shots in the game. With home fans on his side, he can easily stretch his record of 24-18-4 to better stats for the season.
Canadiens too need to use the next few weeks to bolster their squad with a possible defenseman or high-round draft pick. They have a couple of players listed on the side-lines, as Jonathan Drouin, Tomas Tatar, Jordan Weal, Ryan Poehling, and Victor Mete listed as day to day.
The key factors in the game will lie in the ability to score goals. Arizona is averaging 2.73 goals while allowing 2.66 goals per game. On the other hand, Montreal scored 3.05 goals and allowing the same percentage of goals. With that in mind, it’s clear that some of Arizona’s injuries will hinder their ability to win. Montreal Canadiens will win this game.
Date & Time: Monday February 10, 2020, 7:00 PM (EST)
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