- The surging Coyotes head to the Big Apple to face the struggling Rangers Tuesday, October 22nd
- Arizona has been money in the bank against the spread this season
- Get the updated odds and head-to-head analysis below
The Arizona Coyotes entered this season with an increased level of optimism that they would finally break through and end their seven-year playoff drought – and then they proceeded to lose their first two games. However, they’ve fought through that tough start to post points in five straight (4-0-1) and they head to New York to face a Rangers team that is tied with Minnesota for the second fewest points in the NHL (2-4-0).
If early season trends are any indication, the Arizona Coyotes are an auto bet against the spread with the Desert Dogs sporting a sensational 7-0 record ATS. The Coyotes vs Rangers odds see the Coyotes favored at -115 tonight.
Coyotes vs Rangers Odds
|Team||Puckline||Moneyline||Total at Bovada|
|Arizona Coyotes||+1.5 (-160)||+160||O 6.5 (-110)|
|New York Rangers||-1.5 (+140)||-180||U 6.5 (-110)|
*Odds taken 10/22/19
Coyotes Getting it Done in Both Ends
Last season the Coyotes were fifth in the NHL with just 2.68 goals against per contest and this season they’ve been even better, giving up just 1.86 goals per game, good for second in the league (behind only the Anaheim Ducks).
Arizona Coyotes goaltending stats through 7:
Darcy Kuemper: 3-2-0, .949 sv%
Antti Raanta: 1-0-1, .926 sv%
Neither has allowed more than 2 goals in regulation yet. Raanta was in net for their only game with 3 GA, and that final goal came in OT.
— Catherine Silverman (@catmsilverman) October 20, 2019
The duo of Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta have been unbelievable, allowing no more than two goals in regulation in any of their seven contests. Now that the goal scoring has picked up, they’ve turned the great goaltending into victories (they scored just one goal in the first two contests). They haven’t been relying on a single line to put the biscuit in the basket either, with nine skaters registering at least four points.
Phil Kessel scores his first goal for the Coyotes pic.twitter.com/Po1s51LmsL
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) October 18, 2019
Coyotes Last Five Games
|Avalanche||3-2 overtime loss|
|Golden Knights||4-1 win|
Rangers Going in the Opposite Direction
The Rangers have had nearly the exact opposite start to the season than the Coyotes – they won their first two contests but have lost four straight in regulation. They’ve allowed 3.67 goals per game which is fourth worst in the league so they haven’t been able to outscore their problems in the crease.
If it can go right, it's going right for the Canucks this afternoon. If it can go wrong, it's going wrong for the Rangers. Jay Beagle avoids Mika Zibanejad's stick lift on the back check, gets off a quick shot and beats Henrik Lundqvist on the glove side for a SHG. 3-0 VAN.
— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) October 20, 2019
They’re a middling team in scoring, despite signing prized free agent Artemi Panarin (six points) and adding Kaapo Kakko with the second overall draft pick (just one goal).
Early season predictions had the Rangers struggling again this year and it feels that this will be the same throughout the season. Also of note, the Rangers have not only lost those four games in a row, but lost all of them against the spread as well.
Rangers Last Four Games
Coyotes to Keep Good Times Rolling
While the Rangers have won nine of their last 11 against the Coyotes, those two losses have actually occurred in their last two meetings. With Arizona off the schneid against New York, it’s very conceivable they’ll win again, despite playing on the road. It is more of a gamble to select the Coyotes to win against the -1.5 spread but you’re getting pretty good value at the current price.
Pick: Coyotes Moneyline (-120) and against the spread (+215)
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