Coyotes vs Hurricanes 2020 NHL Week 14 Lines & Game Preview.

Coyotes vs Hurricanes 2020 NHL Week 14 Lines & Game Preview

Written by on January 10, 2020

By far the biggest surprise team in the NHL’s Western Conference this season is Arizona as the Coyotes battle for the Pacific Division title. However, they will be short underdogs on the Mybookie NHL odds in their only visit of the season to the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday and in the second of a back-to-back.

How to Bet Coyotes vs Hurricanes NHL Week 14 Lines & Game Info

Coyotes vs Hurricanes Season Series

First meeting, with Carolina going to the desert on Feb. 6. Last season they split, with the Hurricanes winning 3-0 at home. William Foegele ended a 27-game goal drought at the time for a 1-0 lead in the second period.

Foegele beat Arizona’s Nick Schmaltz to a rebound of a hard shot by Calvin de Haan, who had two assists while Andrei Svechnikov and Sebastian Aho also scored for the Hurricanes. Petr Mrazek had 23 saves in the win. Arizona’s best scoring chance was in the third period. Alex Galchenyuk tipped in a shot at 4:07, but it was waved off for high-sticking.

Why Bet on Arizona?

If Arizona makes the playoffs for the first time since 2012, Rick Tocchet will get plenty of votes for the Jack Adams Trophy given to the best head coach. In today’s NHL of speed and skating being effective tools to win, Tocchet realizes he has to play fast. He has the horses to do that. Clayton Keller, Michael Grabner, Vinnie Hinostroza can all play that speed game with the best of them.

The Coyotes will be playing the second of a back-to-back as they took a four-game winning streak into Tampa Bay on Thursday. Adin Hill was to start that one in net because Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper remain sidelined due to lower-body injuries. Could be Raanta in this one; he has been out since Jan. 4 but practiced on Wednesday. If Raanta isn’t ready, it likely will be Ivan Prosvetov, who has never played an NHL game and was called up from AHL Tucson last Sunday.

Kuemper is hoping to return around the All-Star break. He has been terrific with a 15-8-2 record with a 2.17 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage this season.

Some Backup

Center Barrett Hayton has been recalled by Arizona. Hayton was loaned to Team Canada for the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship. He posted six goals and 12 points in seven games, while helping the Canadian team win the gold medal at the tournament. Hayton, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, became the seventh youngest player (19 years, 123 days) in Coyotes history to make his NHL debut on October 10, 2019 against the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Coyotes made a big trade a few weeks ago in landing former Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall from the Devils. As of Thursday, Hall has three goals and eight points since coming over from New Jersey in mid-December.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Goals: 2.96
  • Shots: 31.11
  • PP/PK Percentage: 21.01

Defense

  • Goals: 2.53
  • Shots: 32.11
  • PP/PK Percentage: 16.67

Why Bet on Carolina?

The Hurricanes snapped a two-game skid with a 5-4 overtime home win against Philadelphia on Tuesday. Dougie Hamilton scored the winner in overtime, snapping a shot past Brian Elliott in the extra session, helping him finish with two points on the night. Hamilton has picked up 13 goals and 39 points through 43 games, matching his season total for points across 82 contests last season. The All-Star’s point total is the highest by a defenseman through 43 games in team history since relocation from Hartford.

Jake Gardiner and Warren Foegele each had a goal and an assist. Gardiner ended up with a plus-1 rating and four shots on goal. He entered the day with just two goals and nine points, and it was his first multi-point performance in a Hurricanes sweater. Foegele has up three goals and five points over the past five outings, although he also has three scoreless outings during the span.

More Numbers

Star Sebastian Aho posted a pair of assists in the win. Aho ended up with a plus-1 rating and two shots on net in his 16:11 of ice time across 23 shifts but won just four of his 12 faceoff attempts (33.3 percent). It was his first multi-point effort since Dec. 17 in Winnipeg, and first at home since a hat trick and five-point night against the Minnesota Wild on Dec. 7.

Coyotes vs Hurricanes is going to be a good one.

James Reimer allowed four goals on just 21 shots in the victory. Reimer allowed a goal to Travis Konecny just 37 seconds into the game, and Michael Raffl followed with a goal at 8:57 on a bad turnover from Haydn Fleury. However, the offense bailed out Reimer with four unanswered goals. Should be Petr Mrazek in this game. Mrazek allowed three goals on 26 shots in last Sunday’s 3-1 home loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Mrazek has now lost back-to-back home starts as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes, and the first time overall since March 12-15, 2018 when he was a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Canes made news on Tuesday in signing veteran forward Justin Williams to a contract, although it’s not clear if he will play on Friday. He registered 23 goals and 53 points in 82 games with Carolina last season. Williams also added four goals and seven points in 15 matches during the playoffs. He might need some time to shake off the rust after skipping the first half of 2019-20.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Goals: 3.37
  • Shots: 34.19
  • PP/PK Percentage: 23.36

Defense

  • Goals: 2.86
  • Shots: 28.72
  • PP/PK Percentage: 18.18

Coyotes vs Hurricanes 2020 NHL Week 14 Betting Trends

  • Coyotes are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games this season
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Arizona’s last 18 games against an opponent in the Metropolitan division
  • Hurricanes are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games against an opponent in the West conference
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Carolina’s last 10 games played in January

Expert Final Score Prediction for Coyotes vs Hurricanes

Arizona Coyotes 2 – Carolina Hurricanes 3

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