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Headline: Surging Canucks Host Desperate Coyotes Monday Night
The Vancouver Canucks, winners of two straight games play their final game on home ice before heading out on the road for five straight Monday night when they host the Phoenix Coyotes, winners of three straight games.
Phoenix Coyotes (17-15-2-4) at Vancouver Canucks (21-11-1-5)
When: 10:00 PM ET, Monday, April 8, 2013
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Broadcast: TSN, FS-A PLUS
Coyotes vs. Canucks Betting Lines from Bodog.ca
Phoenix Coyotes +1½ -195 +157 Ov 5 -120
Vancouver Canucks -1½ +170 -173 Un 5 +109
While the Canucks are currently locked in a battle with Minnesota for the Northwest Division crown, the Coyotes have re-emerged in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Monday marks the third and final meeting of the season between the teams – each has beaten each other once so far this year.
The Phoenix Coyotes have turned things around after losing seven straight games – a 4-0-1 stretch has them in the thick of the playoff race once again with 10 games to go. The reason for the latest upswing? Offense. After scoring just eight times during the losing streak, the Coyotes have scored 20 times in their last five overall.
Radim Vrbata has six points in his last five games, Keith Yandle has four points in three games and Shane Doan and Mikkel Boedker each have three points in two games. Martin Hanzal has four points in two games and seven in his last five to pace the suddenly resurgent Coyotes.
Goaltender Mike Smith will make his second straight start after returning from an upper body injury sustained when Alex Edler hit him behind his own net in the last two meetings between the two sides. He is coming off a 24 save shutout in the Coyotes win against Colorado Saturday and he gives Phoenix.
Smith gives the Coyotes some credibility between the pipes and instills confidence among his mates.
The Vancouver Canucks have found a bit of a groove – nine goals scored in their last two games and only two against. They have scored a power play goal in consecutive games and the goaltending has once again emerged.
Vancouver have gone 8-2-0 in their last 10 games and Cory Schneider has posted a 1.43 goals-against average while starting all 10 of those games. Vancouver has managed to hold off the hard-charging Minnesota Wild as a result.
Offensively the Canucks are certainly trending upward. After averaging a sketchy 2.60 goals per game all season long they have hung four and five goals respectively in their last two games.
Henrik Sedin has two goals and three assists over the past two games, Daniel Sedin has four points in two games and Alex Burrows has five points in five games for the first line while Jannik Hansen and Chris Higgins have provided some secondary scoring pitching in three points apiece in their last three games.
Could it be that Vancouver is finally becoming the team we expected when the season started?
Dave’s Won’t Cost You Anything Free Betting Prediction:
A few trends to consider:
• Under is 7-1-1 in PHO last 9 Mon. games.
• PHO are 1-7 in their last 8 road games.
• PHO are 7-2 in their last 9 Mon. games.
• Under is 9-1-2 in VAN last 12 Mon. games.
• Under is 8-1-2 in VAN last 11 overall.
• VAN are 8-2 in their last 10 overall.
• Under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Vancouver.
• Road team is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
The Phoenix Coyotes are 4-1-0 in their last five games away from home while the Canucks have outscored opponents 16-5 in winning their last five on home ice. Daniel and Henrik Sedin lead Vancouver with eight points in those games.
Vancouver has looked better the last two games than they have in the last month or so – they are dominating instead of eeking out victories.
I like the role to continue Monday night – the Canucks should be motivated in their last home game before they hit the road for five.