The Arizona Coyotes are taking on an Anaheim Ducks team who played last night, while the Seattle Kraken meet the Vegas Golden Knights again on home ice for their second straight game. Vegas is the only team trying to clinch a playoff berth out of these four teams and is desperate for points.
Moneyline: Seattle Kraken (+135) vs Vegas Golden Knights (-160)
These teams meet again after playing each other in their last game, which ended in a 3-0 shutout in Vegas’ favor. The Golden Knights didn’t pull away in the game until the third period and Logan Thompson made 22 saves for the shutout. Chris Driedger started for the Kraken and played a solid game but Philipp Grubauer will likely start this game. The big story out of this game is Robin Lehner’s return, although he dressed as the backup goaltender.
Lehner should be back in the net in this one unless Pete DeBoer opts to ride the hot hand in Thompson. Lehner is 21-15-1 on the season and owns a 2.78 goals-against average and .909 save percentage. Vegas is now on a three-game win streak, and although their road record is only 17-15-1, they are 13-5-1 against opponents in their division.
Moneyline: Arizona Coyotes (+110) vs Anaheim Ducks (-135)
Arizona is coming off a win against the San Jose Sharks on the road and returns home for this game where they are 10-22-1 this season. The Ducks are on an 11-game losing streak and on the second night of a back-to-back set after a loss to the Dallas Stars. John Gibson got the start in the last game, so the Ducks should turn to Anthony Stolarz in goal who has a 9-6-2 record with a 2.66 GAA and .919 SV%.
Arizona unfortunately will be without their leading goal scorer in Clayton Keller who suffered a season-ending injury against the San Jose Sharks. The loss of Keller and his 28 goals and 63 points is a big one and other players will need to step up to fill the hole in the lineup.
The team will also be without Lawson Crouse who is feared to have a broken hand and also could miss the rest of the season. The Coyotes have faced injuries all year and will need to continue with their next-man-up mentality. Despite all the players on the shelf, Arizona should be able to handle a tired Ducks team that is on a major slide and is providing great betting value.
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