The Arizona Coyotes will travel to PNC Arena to take on the Carolina Hurricanes Friday night in an inter conference matchup. The Coyotes will be playing their second game in two nights after being shut out by the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night.
The Hurricanes last played Tuesday night, defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 in overtime.
Coyotes Try to Respond from Shutout
The Arizona Coyotes come into play with a record of 25-17-4 for 54 points. This total has them positioned in a tie for the lead in the Pacific Division with the Vegas Golden Knights.
They are coming off a dismal performance Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Coyotes got shut out 4-0 and outshot 34-25. Arizona was dominated on the faceoff dot, losing 38 of 59 faceoffs.
Goaltender Adin Hill made 30 saves for the Coyotes, who are currently without their top two goaltenders. Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta are both out with lower-body injuries. Prior to the shutout loss, the Coyotes had been playing really good hockey, winning four in a row, including a game against the Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues.
The Coyotes are led offensively by Nick Schmaltz. Schmaltz has scored seven goals, but has 28 assists for 35 points on the season. He also leads the team in plus/minus rating with a rating of +7.
Center Clayton Keller has 12 goals and 20 assists for 32 points. Right winger Conor Garland leads the Coyotes in goals with 14. Hill has played in four games and has a goals against average of 2.03 and a save percentage of .944.
Hurricanes Go for Second in a Row
The Carolina Hurricanes come into play with a record of 25-16-2 for 52 points. They currently sit in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division. As far as the playoff race goes, the Canes currently hold the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
In their last game, they snapped a two-game losing streak by beating the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 in overtime Tuesday night. Dougie Hamilton scored 1:56 into the overtime period to give Carolina the victory.
Warren Foegele, Jake Gardiner, Lucas Wallmark, and Joel Edmundson also scored in the game for Carolina. The Hurricanes trailed by two goals in the first period before responding with four unanswered goals, then hacked up a two-goal lead because of a sloppy finish.
Teuvo Teravainen and Andrei Svechnikov both lead the Hurricanes with 41 points. Teravainen has 8 goals and 33 assists and Svechnikov has 18 goals and 23 assists. Hamilton leads the team with a plus/minus rating of +28.
Between the pipes, Petr Mrazek has a goals against average of 2.74 and a save percentage of .901.
Betting Lines and Predictions
MyBookie currently does not have any betting information on this game. Carolina and Arizona have both been playing up and down hockey. Carolina is 13-8-0 at home and Arizona is 14-7-3 on the road.
Both of these teams are very good defensively, so take the under if an over/under gets posted. Take the Coyotes and the moneyline.