Arizona Coyotes (13-15-2) at New York Rangers (14-13-3)
NHL Hockey: Friday, December 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers -140 / Arizona Coyotes +127 — Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ, MSG2
The Arizona Coyotes and New York Rangers meet Friday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.
The Arizona Coyotes could use a nice road victory to snap a four-game losing streak. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with eight goals, Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 14 assists and Derek Stepan has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 90.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 33 goals on 364 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 33 goals on 351 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.
The New York Rangers could use a feel good victory after losing six of their last eight games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Kreider leads New York with 14 goals, Mika Zibanejad has 17 assists and Kevin Hayes has 70 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 76 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 64 goals on 761 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 25 goals on 248 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or more goals in each of their last five games.
The Coyotes are 5-2 in their last 7 Friday games, 16-36 in their last 52 games playing on 0 days rest and 34-80 in their last 114 road games. The Rangers are 8-2 in their last 10 home games, 4-11 in their last 15 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Coyotes are 1-10 in the last 11 meetings in New York and 7-20-2 in the last 29 meetings. The over is 4-0 in Rangers last 4 overall. The over is 4-1 in Coyotes last 5 overall.
The Arizona Coyotes are in one of those slumps again and have had very little success playing on the end of back to backs dating back to last season. The Arizona Coyotes have also had a rough time over the years against the New York Rangers, which includes zero success playing in New York. The New York Rangers have been rather consistent on their home ice recently and are well rested heading into this game. I’ll lay the reasonable price with the Rangers at home.