Arizona Coyotes at Vegas Golden Knights

 

 

 

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The Vegas Golden Knights hope to continue their undefeated season as they host the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday night. The Coyotes have split all three of their games with one win, one loss, and one overtime loss to put together a respectable start to their season. With the West Division poised to be a top-heavy one, an upset against the Golden Knights can change the narrative and put the Coyotes on notice.

Coyotes bring deep and talented roster

The Arizona Coyotes may only have one win on the season thus far but the talent is there and we see the mix of veterans and young players that can lead to a promising season. The Coyotes already have seven goalscorers and the 33-year-old Phil Kessel leads the team with 3 goals on the season. The pair of 22-year-old skaters, Clayton Keller and Jakob Chychrun have combined for 3 goals and 7 points in the first three games, giving the Arizona offense a young burst of scoring.

The Coyotes goaltending has a strong duo in both Darcy Kemper and Antti Raanta but unfortunately, the defense hasn’t been helping them out. Both goalies are facing more than 30 shots per game and nobody on the defense is averaging more than 3 blocked shots per game either. The hope is the defense will improve considering the offenses they will have to face this season in the West Division.

Golden Knights continue to dominate

The expectation prior to the season starting was that the Vegas Golden Knights were going to win the West Division and potentially the Stanley Cup. So far, they have lived up to the billing with a 3-0 start to the season and barely showing any weakness. Many would think that the Golden Knights lack a strong defensive presence but seeing how both Alec Martinez and Alex Pietrangelo have been playing makes anyone think otherwise with their 14 and 12 blocked shots on the season.

The offense can’t be praised enough with Max Pacioretty scoring 3 goals on the season and Reilly Smith already scoring 2 goals on the season. The captain Mark Stone is leading the team with 4 assists and 5 points to give Vegas one of the best top lines in the NHL. To cap off the dominant roster, the goaltending duo of Marc-Andre Fleury and Robin Lehner have combined only allowed 5 goals on 76 shots this season.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

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The Coyotes are poised to bounce back in this game but we can expect the Golden Knights to continue their dominance and win this game by a decent goal margin. The Golden Knights offense should find scoring throughout the lineup with the Coyotes lacking the defense to stop them. We can also expect the defense led by Alex Pietrangelo to stop the top-line of the Coyotes offense and keep the lead a comfortable one. Expect the Golden Knights to not only win but win by more than 2 goals to cover the spread.

Prediction:
Golden Knights -1.5 (+119)

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This game is going to be a high scoring one with the Vegas offense scoring a surplus of goals and the Coyotes scoring enough to help cover the Over. We can expect the deep scoring lines of the Golden Knights, whether it be Mark Stone on the top line or William Karlsson on the later lines, to find the back of the net multiple times. While the Coyotes might be trailing for most of the game, we can expect Clayton Keller and Jakob Chychrun to find many scoring opportunities to keep the game a high scoring one. Expect the total to go Over with both offenses playing well.

Prediction:
Over 5.5