Arizona Coyotes (1-3-0) at Minnesota Wild (1-2-2)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -165 / Arizona Coyotes +149 — Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Arizona Coyotes and Minnesota Wild meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Arizona Coyotes look for their second road victory of the season to rebound from a slow 1-3-0 start. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 0.5 goals per game and are scoring on 8.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Richardson leads Arizona with one goal, Michael Grabner has one assist and Niklas Hjalmarsson has two shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 90 percent of their opponents power plays. Antti Raanta has given up nine goals on 93 shots faced. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 14 games.
The Minnesota Wild could use a feel good home victory after losing four of their first five games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jason Zucker leads Minnesota with three goals, Zach Parise has four assists and Ryan Suter has six shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 85 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 11 goals on 167 shots faced. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or more goals in four of their last five games.
The Coyotes are 17-44 in their last 61 Tuesday games, 28-74 in their last 102 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Wild are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Coyotes are 4-10 in the last 14 meetings. The under is 5-0 in Coyotes last 5 overall and the under is 9-3 in Wild last 12 games playing on 0 days rest.
Both of these teams are obviously playing poor hockey out of the gate, but it’s the Arizona Coyotes who can’t find the back of the net. While the Minnesota Wild have struggles of their own and are on the end of a back to back, they’ve at least given themselves a chance to with an offense that’s scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Wild have also gotten the better of the Coyotes in past meetings. I’ll take the home team here, even though the price isn’t great for a struggling team on the end of a back to back.