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Arizona Coyotes vs. Vegas Golden Knights Pick & Prediction APR 11TH 2021

FinishedTV: SN1 | ATTSN | BSNT-Mobile Arena Las Vegas

69Arizona Coyotes
70Vegas Golden Knights

OP
5.5
-1.5
CU
5.5o -117
-1.5 -105
ML
205
-245
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The Arizona Coyotes hope to carry the momentum of a strong finish in Friday's 7-4 loss to Vegas into Sunday afternoon's rematch with the Golden Knights in Las Vegas.

Arizona fell behind 4-0 in the first nine minutes, when Vegas had 18 of its season-high 22 first-period shots on goal. The Golden Knights were cruising with a 5-0 lead when Nick Schmaltz scored with just 53 seconds remaining in the second period, the first of three consecutive Coyotes goals over a 4:33 span.

Reilly Smith scored his second goal of the night to give Vegas a little breathing room at 6-3 in the third, but Michael Bunting answered with his fourth goal in the past three games just 15 seconds later. It wasn't until Max Pacioretty scored an empty-net goal with 54.3 seconds left that the Golden Knights could exhale.

"It's unfortunate how it started, but I thought we ended pretty strong, and you can build off that heading into Sunday," Bunting said. "Obviously it gives us a little confidence knowing that we can play against them and we can control the game when we want to. I thought we played pretty well at the end of the second and into the third, but we just can't start like that at the end of the day."

Bunting certainly won't get any argument from coach Rick Tocchet when it comes to the poor start. A frustrated Tocchet used his timeout at the 4:41 mark of the opening period to try to settle his team after William Carrier made the score 2-0 and the Golden Knights already had a 10-1 edge in shots on goal.

"At the end there we made it a bit of a game," Tocchet said. "But this team can't have four or five guys not ready (to play). I thought we were ready, too. We had a game plan, and it just started right from the beginning. Just couldn't grab a puck, couldn't hold a puck. I don't want to use the word 'scared.' We just looked timid out there."

"We weren't ready to play," Clayton Keller said. "They're a great team. If you do that, that's what is going to happen. We left (goalie Adin Hill) out to dry there. It's definitely embarrassing. It's something we have to wash away and look forward to the next one."

Vegas had emphasized making a strong start after losing 3-1 at St. Louis on Wednesday. The Golden Knights fell behind 2-0 in the first eight minutes and never recovered despite firing 51 shots on Jordan Binnington.

"The past few games our starts weren't good enough," center Jonathan Marchessault said. "We emphasized that tonight and we were really good, I think, in the first period. But our second was OK and the third was definitely not how a winning team is supposed to come out. We've got to be able to close out games way easier than that. We definitely have to be aware next game and play a full 60 minutes."

Vegas had just five shots on goal in the third period after having 32 over the first two periods.

"You're disappointed because you don't walk out with the feeling that you should (have)," coach Peter DeBoer said. "You should walk out feeling great about that game. We did a lot of really good things. But you don't because of the way the third period went."

--Field Level Media

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GAMES

Last 10

W 40% L 60%
4 6
  • @Minnesota L 2 - 5
  • @Colorado L 2 - 4
  • @Vegas L 0 - 1
  • @Vegas L 4 - 7
  • @Los Angeles L 3 - 4
  • @Los Angeles W 5 - 2
  • @Anaheim W 3 - 2
  • @Anaheim W 4 - 2
  • @Colorado L 3 - 9
  • San Jose W 0 - 4
W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • @Los Angeles W 6 - 2
  • @Los Angeles W 4 - 2
  • Arizona W 0 - 1
  • Arizona W 4 - 7
  • @St. Louis L 1 - 3
  • @St. Louis W 6 - 1
  • Minnesota L 2 - 1
  • Minnesota L 3 - 2
  • Los Angeles L 4 - 2
  • Los Angeles W 1 - 4

Next Games

  • St. Louis(02-15-21) W 0 - 1
  • Minnesota(03-06-21) W 2 - 5
  • Minnesota(03-06-21) W 2 - 5
  • @Los Angeles(04-07-21) L 3 - 4
  • @San Jose(12-17-19) W 3 - 2
  • @Anaheim(02-27-21) W 3 - 2
  • @Anaheim(02-27-21) W 3 - 2
  • San Jose(03-17-21) W 4 - 5
  • San Jose(03-17-21) W 4 - 5
  • @San Jose(03-06-21) W 4 - 0

Last Meetings

  • Coyotes @ Golden Knights 0-1
  • Coyotes @ Golden Knights 4-7
  • Golden Knights @ Coyotes 1-0
  • Golden Knights @ Coyotes 2-5
  • Coyotes @ Golden Knights 2-5
  • Coyotes @ Golden Knights 2-4
  • Golden Knights @ Coyotes 4-1
  • Coyotes @ Golden Knights 1-4
  • Coyotes @ Golden Knights 1-2
  • Golden Knights @ Coyotes 1-4

Eastern Conference

AtlanticWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Toronto Maple Leafs2811460 14-0-614-0-5143112L27-0-1
Tampa Bay Lightning2812157 15-0-413-0-8143108L14-0-6
Florida Panthers2712256 14-0-413-0-8136117L37-0-3
Boston Bruins2212448 11-0-611-0-6112106L25-0-4
Montreal Canadiens1813642 9-0-99-0-4123114L15-0-5
Detroit Red Wings1523535 9-0-96-0-1499140L25-0-3
Ottawa Senators1426331 9-0-105-0-16118164L13-0-6
Buffalo Sabres1025424 4-0-136-0-12100147L14-0-3

Western Conference

CentralWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Colorado Avalanche309363 18-0-412-0-5154101L19-0-1
Winnipeg Jets2614153 11-0-615-0-8139115L16-0-3
Minnesota Wild2513252 15-0-410-0-9124111L25-0-3
Nashville Predators2419149 13-0-911-0-10119123L18-0-2
Chicago Blackhawks2018343 11-0-89-0-10122135L15-0-5
St. Louis Blues1917442 7-0-1012-0-7122132L13-0-6
Dallas Stars1514636 8-0-67-0-8113107L24-0-3

Eastern Conference

MetropolitanWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Washington Capitals2811258 14-0-514-0-6152127L26-0-4
Carolina Hurricanes2710256 14-0-313-0-7133102L26-0-3
New York Islanders2711357 18-0-29-0-912598L17-0-3
Pittsburgh Penguins2713256 16-0-311-0-10146118L28-0-2
New York Rangers2016444 9-0-711-0-9136112L15-0-3
Philadelphia Flyers1917240 9-0-910-0-8123154L24-0-4
Columbus Blue Jackets1520636 8-0-87-0-12112145L32-0-7
New Jersey Devils1421230 4-0-1610-0-5103135L32-0-6

Western Conference

PacificWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Vegas Golden Knights2911058 16-0-413-0-713896L16-0-3
Edmonton Oilers2515252 13-0-812-0-7134120L16-0-2
Arizona Coyotes1920341 10-0-89-0-12118139L54-0-6
Calgary Flames1921240 10-0-99-0-12115127L44-0-6
San Jose Sharks1820238 8-0-1010-0-10114141L35-0-5
Vancouver Canucks1618234 9-0-97-0-9100120L36-0-3
Los Angeles Kings1620537 7-0-99-0-11114127L23-0-7
Anaheim Ducks1423533 5-0-149-0-9101138L25-0-4

Last Injuries

Vegas Golden Knights

  • Keegan Kolesar

    Hip
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Kolesar was held out of the previous two games with a hip injury, and it is unclear if he will suit up for Friday's battle with the Ducks.

  • Ryan Reaves

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Reaves has been assigned to the long-term injured reserve list with an undefined injury, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Patrick Brown

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Brown has been added to the long-term injured reserve list with an undefined ailment, and a timetable for return has yet to be established.

  • Zach Whitecloud

    Upper Body
    Out indefinitely | out

    Whitecloud is sidelined with an upper-body injury, and there is no timetable for his recovery.

  • Alec Martinez

    Undisclosed
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Martinez sat out the last game dealing with an undisclosed injury, and it is unclear if he will be in the lineup Friday versus the Coyotes.

  • Chandler Stephenson

    Suspension
    Elig Fri | out

    Stephenson is serving a three-game suspension for elbowing, and he is eligible to return against the Coyotes on Friday.

  • Ryan Reaves

    Lower Body
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Reaves has missed the previous two contests with a lower-body injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be available Monday versus the Blues.

Arizona Coyotes

  • Jordan Gross

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Gross has been shifted to the injured reserve list with a knee injury, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Christian Fischer

    Head
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Fischer departed the previous game with a head injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up for Sunday's tilt with the Golden Knights.

  • Jordan Oesterle

    Undisclosed
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Oesterle sat out the last contest with an unknown injury, and it is undetermined if he will face the Kings on Wednesday.