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(21-30-7) Arizona Coyotes vs. Dallas Stars (23-27-10)
Date: Friday February 24th
Time: 8:30 PM
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Stars -200
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Off
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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A pair of teams floundering near the bottom of their respective divisions will battle on Friday night.
The Coyotes’ season is all but over at this point as they sit 29th in the NHL standings, while the Stars sit 8 points back of a wildcard spot in the Western Conference.
With the NHL’s trade deadline fast-approaching, both of these teams look to be certain sellers, so these games are showcase games for players hoping to be moved to a contender before March 1.
The Stars are a very intriguing team, in that on paper they look like they should be competing in the Central Division every year for a playoff spot.
The likes of Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, Jason Spezza, Patrick Sharp up front would appear to be the makings of a very solid top six forward group but this team has underwhelmed for the most part, and have been crippled with some injuries.
Ales Hemsky has played just one game this season due to hip surgery. Youngster Mattias Janmark looked poised to be a breakout performer this year but hasn’t suited up in 2016-17 due to a knee injury.
Throw in top 4 d-man Johnny Oduya into the mix of injuries, as he has missed nearly 25 games this season already, and it’s easy to see why this team is struggling.
In goal in doesn’t get much better, as the Finnish duo of Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi have “battled” for the number one job for most of the season with neither really seizing the crease.
Lehtonen has seen more starts (36 to Niemi’s 24) but his numbers are not starter numbers, except maybe when Niemi is your backup.
The 33-year-old Lehtonen has posted a 2.88 GAA and .902 SV%, which looks great when compared to Niemi’s totals of 3.19 and .899.
If there’s one issue the Coyotes don’t have, it’s in goal (how bad to you think the Stars wish they still had Mike Smith?).
The 2016-17 NHL All Star is posting some pretty average numbers by NHL standards, but when you consider the fact that he’s playing behind one of the worst teams in the NHL you have to give him some credit.
The desert dogs are led up front by, wait for it…Radim Vrbata. The 35-year-old leads the team with 41 points in 58 games and could be on the radar for a few teams looking to get over the top and make a playoff push.
Same can be said for the likes of Martin Hanzal who leads the Coyotes in goals with 15 through 49 games and could make a nice rental come trade deadline.
Both Hanzal and Vrbata are unrestricted free agents this summer so they would be cheap adds for someone.
There are some good pieces in place on this team and I don’t doubt that youngsters Max Domi, Christian Dvorak, Tobias Rieder and Jacob Chychrun are the core that this team wants to build around, but there are just so many glaring holes throughout this lineup and trading away some expiring contracts for prospects and picks is the best route for the Coyotes to take.
NHL Betting Trends:
- ARI are 16-52 in their last 68 vs. Central.
- ARI are 14-44 in their last 58 road games.
- Over is 9-3-4 in ARI last 16 overall.
- DAL are 2-7 in their last 9 overall.
- Home team is 16-5 in the last 21 meetings.
- Under is 20-8-1 in the last 29 meetings.
Free Arizona vs. Dallas NHL Hockey Prediction:
This is a strange one in that neither team is great, but with the deadline approaching there are going to be guys on both teams auditioning for jobs elsewhere. The Coyotes will be playing the second half of back to back games with travel, against a Stars team that is coming off their bye week, where many teams have been sluggish this year.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Dallas
Despite the trend of teams playing poorly coming out of their bye week, I think the rested Stars are the right pick in this one against a Coyotes team that will be playing their third game in five days (and has a road record of 8-16-4).
NHL Free Score Prediction: Dallas 4 – 2 Arizona
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