Montreal Canadiens vs. Arizona Coyotes Matchup 10/30/19

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Gila River Arena will be the site for an enticing matchup as the Arizona Coyotes welcome the visiting Montreal Canadiens. This East-West matchup will get started at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 30 and it will be showcased live on Fox Arizona Plus.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Arizona Coyotes Odds

This contest’s moneyline and Over/Under odds have not been posted by oddsmakers yet.

The Coyotes are 7-4 straight up (SU) and have earned 3.0 units for moneyline bettors this season. That win percentage, ranked first in the Pacific Division so far in this young season, is a welcomed improvement compared to what the team did during the 2018-19 season (39-43). Of its 11 games this season, four have gone under the total, while four have gone over and just one has pushed. This year, the team’s 3-1 SU at home.

Arizona’s been able to convert on 22.9 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 23rd overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.1 percent of all penalties.

Arizona, as a collective unit, has been whistled for penalties just 3.0 times per game this season. Last year, the club posted the fourth-lowest mark in the league with 3.3 penalties per game. After serving an average of 7.1 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team has had to stave off opponent power plays for 6.2 minutes per outing this season.

Averaging 26.1 saves per game with a .933 save percentage, Darcy Kuemper (5-3) has been the top goalkeeper for the Coyotes this year. If they, however, decide to give him the evening off, Arizona might turn to Antti Raanta (2-1-1 record, .922 save percentage, 2.62 goals against average).

Nick Schmaltz and Conor Garland will each spearhead the attack for the Coyotes. Schmaltz (11 points) is up to four goals and seven assists and has recorded two or more points three times this year. Garland has six goals and two assists to his credit and has notched at least one point in four games.

Montreal has lost 2.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far and is currently 5-6 straight up (SU). Through 11 regular season outings, seven of its games have gone over the total, while three have gone under the total and just one has pushed. As the visiting team, Montreal is 2-3 SU so far.

Montreal has converted on 26.3 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s good enough for fifth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 30th overall and it’s successfully defended 68.6 percent of all opponent power plays.

Montreal’s players have been penalized only 3.3 times per game this season, a number that is fairly close to the 3.5 penalties per game given up last year. After serving an average of 8.3 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team has been forced to kill penalties for 7.0 minutes per outing this season.

Carey Price (27.1 saves per game) has been the primary choice in the net for Montreal. Price owns a 5-4-1 record, while registering a .907 save percentage and 2.76 goals against average this year.

Leading the offensive counter for the visiting Canadiens will be Brendan Gallagher (five goals, five assists) and Jonathan Drouin (five goals, five assists).

Montreal Canadiens vs. Arizona Coyotes Betting Predictions

Prediction: SU Winner – Coyotes, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • For both of these teams, the total has gone over in three of their last five games.
  • Montreal skaters created 26.9 hits per game last season, while the Coyotes accounted for 24.7 hits per contest.