The Arizona Coyotes (7-13-4), one of the NHL’s worst teams, found their way home after a month-long, 14-game road trip. Awaiting them Friday night are the league-best Boston Bruins (21-3-1). Boston is 7-3 on the road this season, and has won 19 games in a row against the Coyotes. Arizona, of a 4-7-3 sojourn, is just 1-2-1 at Mullett Arena.
Bruins Can’t Be Solved
Boston’s season has been both incredibly impressive and quite surprising. While few “observers” had the Bruins contending in the tough Atlantic Division, Boston is leading the division by five points, with two games in hand on second-place Toronto.
Boston is 8-1-1 in its last 10, unbeaten in regulation (14-0-1) at home, ranks second in goals per game (3.96), and first in fewest goals (2.08) surrendered/game. They manhandled the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche, 4-0, Wednesday night in Denver, and also have wins over the Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes in their last five.
The Bruins’ veteran core is playing as well as ever, with David Pastrnak (36 points in 25 games) leading the team. Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand are next, each with 21 points. Taylor Hall and David Krejci have contributed 20 points.
Boston also leads the NHL with a record of 19-6 against-the-spread (ATS), or puck line.
Scoop on Free Play from the Locker Room
Coyotes’ Tempe Homecoming
Let’s not sugar-coat the fact that the Arizona Coyotes are a terrible team, both tanking and just not good. Drafting Connor Bedard with the first overall pick is the end game. In the meantime, it’s an extended stay home, with eight of the next 10 at Mullett Arena.
Arizona wrapped a 4-7-3 road trip, banished to allow locker-room improvements at Arizona St. Arizona has played 20 of its first 24 games on the road this season.
Arizona is 1-6-3 in its last ten, has lost six games in a row, and was drilled, 8-2, in Edmonton Wednesday night. Clayton Keller remains among the few notables, leading the team with 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in 24 games. Goaltender Karel Vejmelka has been decent, compiling a 6-7-3 record, 3.03 goals-against average GAA and a .912 save percentage.
The misery aside, Arizona is 14-10 ATS this season, so it’s generally playing close games.
Bruins vs Coyotes Game Injuries
Bruins vs Coyotes Head-to-Head
Boston defeated Arizona, 6-3, on Oct. 15th, and has a 19-game winning streak over the Coyotes. Arizona hasn’t beaten Boston since 2010, justifying why they’re so heavily favored in the lines.
Bruins vs Coyotes Game Information
- Game: Bruins (21-3-1) vs Coyotes (7-13-4)
- Location: Mullett Arena, Tempe, AZ
- Day/Time: Friday, Dec. 9th, 9:30 p.m. ET
- Bruins vs Coyotes Live stream: NHL.TV
Bruins vs Coyotes Betting Lines
Bruins vs Coyotes Picks & Prediction
The Bruins are the heavy favorites, and with good reason. There’s nothing to suggest the Coyotes can surprise in this game, but while crazier things have happened, it’s not worth betting the Coyotes at any sportsbook.
There won’t be much value in betting online with the Bruins. Perhaps a look at the Bruins -1½ on the puck line is the way to go. Although Boston has 19 consecutive wins over Arizona, five of the last six have been decided by a single goal, Boston’s seasonal ATS record (19-6) is strong.
If it’s available, a same-game parlay with the Bruins (moneyline) and Pastrnak to score might be worthwhile. Pastrnak has scored in seven of his last eight. Additionally, take the over
At any rate, all Boston here. It’s the Bruins on the moneyline, Boston -1½ and/or the over.
The Bruins are listed at -300 in our Vegas Lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Bruins to win, you have a chance to win $33. The Arizona Coyotes are +250, offering a chance to win $250.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Bruins a 75.00% chance to win, with the Coyotes at 28.57%.