We did originally look at the Senators, but ultimately decided to pass. Karlsson is doubtful. Johnny Oduya is doubtful. They lost Marc Methot in the offseason, so their blue line is really makeshift at this point. Moreover, stud forward Mike Hoffman is questionable tonight with an illness. It’s a good spot to fade Vancouver after their upset over Edmonton, and there’s no doubt the Canucks will be bad this season, but there simply isn’t an edge here.
We did agree on another side on the ice tonight, which does take some balls.
Tuesday: Coyotes -105
A surprising start to the season has the Vegas Golden Knights undefeated. In their first game in team history, Vegas erased a third-period deficit to upset the Dallas Stars 2-1 as a +193 road underdog despite the Stars peppering goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury with 46 shots. The following night, the Golden Knights erased another third-period deficit to overcome the Coyotes 2-1 in overtime as a +162 underdog on the road.
One look at the Arizona Coyotes’ record from a year ago will make anyone’s stomach turn as they finished a brutal 12-24-5 on the road, and here they are again on the away from home. Yet apart from the last line change for the home team and a scattering of new fans, T-Mobile Arena will likely play more like a neutral venue throughout the season. Arizona figures to be a much improved team from a year ago, and this is certainly a winnable game for them. Antti Raanta will guard the crease tonight, and last time out Raanta stopped 40 of the 42 shots sent his way. Not many people know about Raanta, but he has been one of the best backups in the National Hockey League for several years running. The Finnish netminder’s .9242 save percentage trails only superstars Carey Price and Matt Murray.
An amplified atmosphere is certain for tonight’s home opener at T-Mobile Arena and with that comes a lot of pressure, especially for Vegas, as they are not a heavy underdog like they were in their first two games of the season. Moreover, it is difficult to beat the same team twice in such a short span. The Coyotes are starving for a win, and given that they were just -175 a few nights ago, jumping on the -105 makes a lot of sense. It will not be easy, but count on the Coyotes to make some adjustments and spoil the Golden Knights’ home coming in a close contest tonight.
Fair Odds: Coyotes -115