Coupled with the return of superstar Johnny Gaudreau (7 goals, 8 assists) following a broken finger, and strong recent play from Shawn Monahan (8 goals, 7 assists), the Flames seem to have turned a corner.
The Arizona Coyotes (8-13-4), meanwhile, are going in the opposite direction as the Flames. Losers of five straight games, including a 4-0 shutout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday, the ‘Yotes are searching for answers from the young roster.
Goaltender Mike Smith (2.77 goals against average, .924 save percentage) can’t be blamed for his team’s struggles this season. Arizona ranks fourth last in the NHL in goals per game with 2.20 and second worst in goals against per game with 3.16. Those ugly statistics won’t result in many games won. Puck drop is at 9 PM ET on Sportsnet.
NHL Odds: The Coyotes host the Flames on ThursdayThe Calgary Flames (14-13-2 SU, 15-14 ATS) travel to the desert to take on the Arizona Coyotes (8-13-4 SU, 17-8 ATS) Thursday night at 9 PM ET (Sportsnet). Riding a resurgent goaltender in Chad Johnson (2.04 goal against average, .931 save percentage), the Flames are winners of four straight games and will look to push their season-long winning streak to five against the basement-dwelling Coyotes.
Arizona has lost five games in a row, and are struggling to find the back of the net after being shut out in Chicago on Tuesday against the Blackhawks. Led by 35-year-old Radim Vrbata (8 goals, 9 assists), the Coyotes are searching for offense from their young roster.
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