Arizona Coyotes vs. Montreal Canadiens Free Preview 1/23/19

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Clayton Keller, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and the Arizona Coyotes will do battle against Max Domi, Tomas Tatar, and the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre in an East-West tilt. Fox Sports Arizona will showcase the game, which gets underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 23.

Arizona Coyotes at Montreal Canadiens Odds

Oddsmakers have not yet posted moneyline or Over/Under odds for this matchup.

Montreal is 27-23 straight up (SU) and has earned 6.7 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is a welcomed turnaround from what the team managed during last year’s regular season (29-53). Among its 50 games this season, 22 have gone under the total, while 22 have gone over and just two have pushed. The team is 13-12 SU at home this year.

The Canadiens have converted on just 12.7 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that puts them in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 17th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 79.8 percent of all penalties.

Averaging 27.0 saves per game with a .914 save percentage, Carey Price (19 wins, 18 losses, and four OT losses) has been the principal option in goal for the Habs this year. If the Habs, however, decide to give him the night off, the team may turn to Antti Niemi (8-6-6 record, .894 save percentage, 3.66 goals against average).

Arizona has earned 1.4 units for moneyline bettors this season and is currently 23-26 straight up (SU). A total of 24 of its matches have gone under the total, while 22 have gone over and just two have pushed. The Coyotes are 14-11 SU as the visiting team this season.

The Coyotes have converted on 17.8 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked first overall and it’s successfully defended 87.4 percent of all penalties.

Darcy Kuemper (27.9 saves per game) has been the main option in goal for Arizona. Kuemper owns an 11-15-4 record, while registering a .914 save percentage and 2.63 goals against average this year.

Arizona Coyotes vs. Montreal Canadiens Free Picks

Pick: SU Winner – Coyotes, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • The Canadiens are 2-0 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Coyotes are 2-1 in shootouts.
  • The total has gone under in three of Montreal’s last five outings.
  • This game features two of the tougher defenses in the league. Arizona skaters have dished out the league’s 10th-most hits per game (23.3) and the Canadiens have registered the fourth-most (26.9).