NHL Hockey Betting: Arizona Coyotes at Winnipeg Jets

NHL Hockey Betting:  Arizona Coyotes at Winnipeg Jets

The Arizona Coyotes are the worst team in the Pacific Division and the second worst team in the NHL. They’ll take to the road tonight and head up to Winnipeg facing a Jets team that is desperate for a win. The Jets are 3-6-1 in their last ten games and enter this contest having lost four straight. Winnipeg is in sixth place in the Central Division–they realistically can’t fall into last place with the bumbling Colorado Avalanche 17 points behind holding that dubious distinction. They’re two points behind fifth place Dallas, 3 back of fourth place Nashville and 7 back of third place St. Louis. For now, they probably shouldn’t focus on running down the top teams in the division (Minnesota and Chicago) since they’re 17 points ahead.

Arizona is five points up on the aforementioned Avalanche for the worst record in the NHL. That’s really all that can be said about them in a positive light. They’re 16 points back of the teams tied for fifth and sixth–Vancouver and Los Angeles. The Coyotes are 13-24-6 for 32 points and are 2-7-1 in their last ten games. They’re especially bad away from the desert with a road record of 5-13-4. Arizona is dead last in goals per game (2.0) and #29 in goals against per game (3.2). They’re also #24 on the power play (14.7%) and #27 on the penalty kill (77.2%). They do have a win over Winnipeg, taking a 4-3 decision at home on 1/13/17. They’ve scored only one goal in two games since losing 3-0 to Anaheim and 3-1 at Edmonton. They’ll end this three game road trip tomorrow night at Minnesota.

Veteran Mike Smith will get the start here for Arizona and in an interesting development for Winnipeg one time #1 goalie Ondrej Pavalec will be in net for Winnipeg. It’ll be Pavalec’s first start of the year–he’s been languishing with the AHL Minnesota Moose for this entire season. For now, head coach Paul Maurice will carry three goalies on the roster. With Connor Hellebuyck struggling as the Jets’ starter and Michael Hutchinson even worse something needed to be done. Pavalac has the ability to be a top flight NHL goalie and he should get off to a good start against an opponent that can’t score goals.