Coyotes Will Keep Howling Over Hurricanes for 5th Straight Win

Jimmy Murphy

Thursday, November 1, 2018 6:38 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 6:38 PM UTC

Arizona has won four consecutive games and should extend that streak against a Carolina team that has been downgraded a few categories over the last six games. Take the Yotes ML with your NHL picks Friday.

Murphy's NHL season picks record: 20-18-2 (ML, PL and Totals)

Carolina (6-5-1, 6-6 ATS) at Arizona (6-5, 6-5 ATS)Friday, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN+)Free NHL Pick: Coyotes MLBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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In a game that didn’t look so appealing before the season started, two of the NHL’s pleasant surprises meet in the desert Friday night as the Arizona Coyotes, winners of four straight and three in a row at Gila River Arena, host the Carolina Hurricanes, who are in third place in the Metro Division. After coming into the season at +10,000 to win the Stanley Cup, the Coyotes are now +6600 at BetOnline. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes also came in at +10,000 and are now +2800.

The Canes came whirling into the season like a category 5 storm, going 4-0-1 in their first five games, but have since been downgraded, losing four of their last seven games, the last one a 3-2 loss to the Bruins at home. Carolina is embarking on a four-game roadie here and while they’re a respectable 3-2 on the road, they’re running into a Coyotes team that is finding their groove and making some prognosticators (like yours truly), who saw them as a team on the rise, feel a bit better about their predictions after a rough 2-5 start.

Finally having newcomer Alex Galchenyuk in the lineup has been a huge boost to the offense for Arizona. Galchenyuk has a goal and three assists in his first four games with a point in three of those games. The Coyotes have 22 goals in those four games and have allowed only a goal a game in each, with Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper holding the fort between the pipes. Second-year sensation Clayton Keller leads the Coyotes in goals with 5 and points with 8. Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson leads the team in assists with 5.

The Coyotes have scored 31 goals and allowed 21. They’re 3-8-0 on the over/under and 2-3 at home. Arizona is 6-5 against the spread and 3-2 at home. The Yotes are 8-3 on the puck line and 4-1 at home.

Carolina has scored 36 goals this season and allowed 34. They’re 4-8-0 on the over/under and 1-4-0 on the road. The Hurricanes are 6-6 against the spread and away from PNC Arena. The Canes are 6-6 on the puck line and 3-2 on the road.

Forward Sebastien Aho leads the team in points with 17. Aho tied an NHL record with at least one assist in each of his first 13 games of the season and leads the team with 13 helpers. Forward Micheal Ferland leads the team in goals with 7.

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We're undefeated since @AGally94 made his #Yotes debut.

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— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) October 31, 2018
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Goaltending Matchup

Despite Scott Darling recently returning from injured reserve, the Hurricanes are keeping three goalies on their roster. Darling went 1-0-1 with a 3.10 GAA and .903 save percentage in his first two games back. Petr Mrazek is 3-3-0-1 with a .887 save percentage. Curtis McElhinney is 3-1-0 with a 2.76 GAA and .892 save percentage.

For the Coyotes, Raanta is 4-4-0 with a 1.99 GAA and .926 save percentage. Kuemper is 2-1-0-1 with a 1.34 GAA and .957 save percentage.


M*A*S*H Report

For the Hurricanes, forward Victor Rask is on long-term injured reserve with a hand injury.

For the Coyotes, defenseman Kevin Connauton is day-to-day with an illness. Forward Christian Dvorak had surgery to repair his pectoral muscle and is out indefinitely. Defenseman Jakob Chychrun (knee) has been cleared for contact but is still day-to-day. Forward Dave Bolland is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.

Prediction: Coyotes 3, Hurricanes 2

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