Slow Pace Will Put The Coyotes/Oilers Under The 'Total'

Dana Lane

Monday, January 16, 2017 8:55 PM UTC

Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 8:55 PM UTC

First two meetings of the year went under between these two teams, championship handicapper Dana Lane explains why there isn't any need to go against that trend.

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There are times when you look at the schedule and know there really isn't anything to play.  That was the case last night as we almost pulled the trigger on New Jersey but in the end decided they weren't string enough to give out, even though I wish I had after their 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Today's Martin Luther King Day schedule is thin on late starts but we've found a game that we're confident in so let's crush it.

We know that the Arizona Coyotes are rallying around the fact that they've seemed to have gone from really bad to just somewhat bad but their offensive performance against the Anaheim Ducks Saturday, a night where their offense was non-existent. Even if you go back to the previous game against Winnipeg Friday, where the Coyotes scored four goals, all of them came in the first period as the 'Yotes held on for the 4-3 victory. They have managed to go 105 minutes and 15 seconds without scoring a goal.

The Coyotes have scored three goals or more just once since December 13th. Accuracy was a major issue Saturday as they had missed more shot attempts wide than they had on net. I suppose the positive is on the defensive side where the 'yotes have yet to allow more than three goals in any game since the start of the year. A big factor in that success is their penalty kill where they've killed off their last 15 penalties. The flip side see's their power play connecting at just 14.5% (25th). 

Arizona is one of the few teams that doesn't have a double-digit goal scorer. Radim Vrbata is one away from that mark but rumors have crept in about Vrbata being moved at the trade deadline. That can be good for a lockeroom, that is already having trouble finding on and off the ice leadership.

Both meetings between these two have gone under the 'total' with both games ending 3-2.

Arizona Head Coach, Dave Tippett said that he will finally get Alexander Burmistrov into the line-up after claiming him off of waivers January 2nd.  Burmistrov had some delays due to visa issues causing him to not see game action on December 6th.  You guys know how I feel about new players joining line-ups.  It takes some time to get accustomed to new players no matter how little they play.

A bright spot for Arizona is goaltender Mike Smith who owns a sparkling 15-2-1 record against Edmonton.

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