The Arizona Coyotes are 29 points behind Central Division leader Dallas Stars in the standings, and if the NHL Playoffs were to begin today, the 15-28-5 Coyotes would miss the playoffs. The Coyotes’ chances to make the playoffs are so slim the oddsmakers don’t have them on the board, but Phoenix +100000 to win the Central Division and +30000 to win the Western Conference aren’t winnable bets.
Phoenix rookie forward Dylan Guenther is a +15000 to win the Calder Trophy. Guenther has a pair of goals over his last five, with six tallies and nine helpers with a +/- 6 over 31 games played. Guenther will be a nice piece for the future, but Seattle rookie Matty Beniers is the overwhelming favorite, and betting on the Phoenix rookie isn’t a good bet.
St. Louis Blues vs. Arizona Coyotes January 27 Preview
St. Louis is a big favorite to win this contest (-176, FanDuel) with a 6.5 goal total when the two clubs square off Thursday at 9:00 pm.
The Blues enter this Central Division matchup hoping to end a two-game losing streak. St. Louis is 6th in the division table and six points shy of the 2nd Western Conference Wild Card. The Blues are 6-6-1 vs. their Central division foes and has a 13-10-1 away record.
Arizona is coming off a 5-2 home loss to the Anaheim Ducks, but they’ve dropped three of their last four with a 9-8-2 home record. The Coyotes are 1-6-1 against the Central and 5-5 over their previous 10 games at Mullett Arena.
Blues-Coyotes: Best Bet According to Phil
This is a tough call, as neither team is that exciting, but Over 6.5 goals are the best bet to make for this contest.
Blues’ games have a 30-16 record to the Over, and St. Louis has difficulties keeping the biscuit out of the basket. St. Louis goaltender Jordan Binnington is having a lousy season and has allowed too many soft goals slip through his pillows. The blue line is banged up, the Blues’ have the 23rd-best penalty kill, and the result is Binnington with the worst GAA (3.28) and save percentage of his career and a -20 goal differential.
It hasn’t been much better for Arizona, and the Over is 24-24. The Coyotes allow 3.8 markers per matchup; their penalty kill unit is 29th in the league. Arizona has one of the youngest blue lines in the game. As a result, expected netminder Karol Vejmelka has allowed 15 goals over his last five starts, and Arizona has a -50 goal differential.
Binnington, in his present form, couldn’t stop a beach ball, let alone a puck, and this should give Arizona a scoring boost. The Coyotes have scored nine goals over their past five, and despite their recent goal drought, it isn’t out of the question to believe they can score three goals Thursday. Vejmelka allowed just one tally against Las Vegas but 15 goals over his last five. St. Louis scored 15 goals over the past five, and the Over 6.5 goals at -104 (FanDuel) is the best bet for Thursday night.
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