Coyotes vs Canadiens Prediction NHL Picks 2/27/24

Montreal Canadiens (22-28-8) vs Arizona Coyotes (23-29-5)

Game Info: Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens -108 / Arizona Coyotes -111 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Arizona Coyotes will play the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Arizona has lost 12 games in a row, while Montreal is on a five game losing streak. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Coyotes vs Canadiens prediction.

Coyotes Preview

The Arizona Coyotes are 23-29-5 this year after they lost to Winnipeg in overtime by a score of 4-3 in their last game. Arizona allowed three first period goals, but they tied the game at three in the third, before losing 33 seconds into overtime. The Coyotes recorded 32 shots on goal and went 1-2 on the power play in the game. Arizona has lost 12 games in a row and they have allowed four goals or more in nine of them. The Coyotes are scoring 2.88 goals per game and they are allowing 3.30 goals against per game, while going 22% on the power play and 78% on the penalty kill. Clayton Keller has led Arizona with 22 goals, 30 assists, and 165 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Arizona is Connor Ingram, who is 17-13-3 this season with a 2.80 goals against average and a .911 save percentage. 

Canadiens Preview

The Montreal Canadiens are 22-28-8 this season after they lost to New Jersey by a score of 4-3 in their last game. Montreal led 2-1 in the second period, but they allowed the next three goals and came up just short in the third. The Canadiens out shot New Jersey by a total of 26-24 and went 1-2 on the penalty kill in the game. Montreal has also lost to Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Washington, and the Rangers during this losing streak. The Canadiens are scoring 2.74 goals per game and they are allowing 3.53 goals against per game, while going 19.4% on the power play and 73.4% on the penalty kill. Nick Suzuki has led Montreal with 22 goals, 33 assists, and 136 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Montreal is Sam Montembeault, who is 12-10-4 this year with a 3.21 goals against average and a .902 save percentage. 

Montreal Canadiens Player Prop Facts

  • Nick Suzuki has scored at least one goal in five of the Canadiens' last six home games.
  • Kirby Dach has recorded at least one point in each of his last six appearances with the Canadiens as home underdogs.
  • Nick Suzuki has recorded at least one assist in six of the Canadiens' last seven games against Central Division opponents.
  • Nick Suzuki ranks 1st in the league for shootout goals (4) this season.

Arizona Coyotes Player Prop Facts

  • Nick Schmaltz has scored at least one goal in each of his last four appearances against the Canadiens.
  • Clayton Keller has recorded at least one point in each of the Coyotes' last six games against the Canadiens.
  • Clayton Keller has recorded an assist in each of the Coyotes' last six games against the Canadiens.
  • Michael Carcone ranks 1st amongst qualified Central Division players for shooting percentage (20.8%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Montreal Canadiens rank 31st in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (73.37%).
  • The Montreal Canadiens rank 28th in the league for goals per game this season (2.74).
  • The Arizona Coyotes rank 26th in the league for goals per game this season (2.88).
  • The Arizona Coyotes rank 31st in the league for Period 3 goals scored per game this season (0.77).

Coyotes vs Canadiens Betting Prediction

These two teams come into this matchup on losing streaks, but the good news is that one team will pick up a win here. Arizona has lost 12 games in a row and they are only 8-15-5 on the road, while Montreal has dropped five straight games and they are 11-16-3 at home. The Coyotes have been very bad defensively during this losing streak, but they do have their starting goalie back, which should help. Montreal has been one of the worst defensive teams this year and they are only scoring 2.74 goals on offense. Arizona did pick up a point against Winnipeg in their last game and I like their goalie situation more than Montreal’s. Take the Coyotes here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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