Flames vs. Coyotes Prediction
Still on the outside looking in when it comes to a wild card spot, the Coyotes are desperate to add to their point total and will look to pick up a win tonight at 10:00PM ET when they host the Flames.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Coyotes are -140 money line favorites versus the visiting Flames, who have odds of +120 to pull off the upset. As for the total, the number currently sits at 5.5 goals.
Mike Smith has been fantastic for Arizona of late and will draw another start tonight against Calgary. He turned aside 34 of 35 shots in 2-1 victory against the Flyers on Saturday night and has now won four of his last five starts since returning from core muscle surgery. He's allowed a total of just six goals over that five-game span.
While he did turn aside 22 of 25 shots against the Coyotes earlier this season, Joni Ortio is just 4-3-2 on the year with a .915 save percentage. In his last start on Saturday versus the Blackhawks, he saved 23 of 25 shots in a 4-1 loss while allowing two goals on seven shots in the second period.
The Flames are winless at 0-4 in their last four games versus the Coyotes and have dropped 11 of their last 14 in Arizona. The home team is 21-8 in the last 29 meetings between these two teams while the Coyotes are 5-1 in their last six home games and 6-2 in their last eight overall.
MONDAY NHL FREE PICK: ARIZONA COYOTES -140