Canucks Making Late Playoff Push
The Vancouver Canucks are playing some of their best hockey and look to extend their winning streak against the visiting Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night. The Canucks have won four straight while the Coyotes have dropped four in a row.
Arizona comes in with 49 points and is at the bottom of the Pacific Division, having another season to forget.
Vancouver is in fifth place in the Central Division with 82 points and is six points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Canucks have turned things around after a rough start to the season.
Vancouver May Need to Win Out
The Vancouver Canucks have been red hot and need to continue to win games if they want to see the postseason. Vancouver sits six points behind the Dallas Stars for the second wild card.
Vancouver has had a very solid team defense and ranks in the top 10 in the NHL for goals-against average at 2.69. The Canucks have also only allowed eight goals during their winning streak and will need to continue their tight defensive style to win games down the stretch.
A huge reason for Vancouver’s success has been goaltender Thatcher Demko. He has a .917 save percentage, contributing largely to the team’s solid defense.
Coyotes Looking To End Slide
The Arizona Coyotes have one of the worst offenses in the league as well as they have only scored 180 goals in 73 games.
Arizona’s offense has struggled all season and is last in the NHL with only 2.5 goals scored per game.
The Coyotes’ defense has been just as poor. Arizona sits in the bottom five in the league with 3.5 goals against per game.
Coyotes vs Canucks Head-to-Head
Arizona and Vancouver have matched up twice previously this season, with both games ending in dominating 5-1 victories for the Canucks. Vancouver has played great defense against the Coyotes, and we will see if Arizona’s offense can finally break through on Thursday night.
Coyotes vs Canucks Game Information
- Game: Coyotes (22-46-5) vs Canucks (36-28-10)
- Location: Rogers Arena, Vancouver
- Day/Time: Thursday, April 14th, 10 p.m. ET
- Streaming: NHL.TV
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Coyotes vs Canucks Prediction
The Vancouver Canucks have been on fire and have won their last four. They carry all the momentum into Thursday’s game. The Arizona Coyotes, on the other hand, have lost their last four and their offense has been non-existent. The Canucks defense will be too good for Arizona to overcome.
Vancouver has also won by four goals against Arizona in their previous matchups, and the Canucks should cover the puck line and win this game by at least two goals. Vancouver is going to need all the points it can possibly get during the final stretch of the season and can’t let this one slip away. The Canucks covering the puckline is the pick of the night.