Minnesota tied even five defeats in a row, the first time in the season. However, the previous two matches were draws within 60 minutes. For that team absences of players are always a problem. Goalie Josh Harding is injured, and veteran Jose Theodore plays instead of him. The former goalie of Capitals in the previous two seasons acquired the habit to save under fire of opponent players. His GAA in this season is 2.89 and Sv% .914. He was on the goal against Coyotes a few days ago, and allowed three goals in defeat 2:4. On that match LaBarbera was on Coyotes' goal, he saved 33 of 35 shots, for GAA 2.00 and Sv% .949. Except of Harding, Minnesota cannot count on defender Clayton Stoner, while Bren Burns is questionable, also forwards James Sheppard and Guillaume Latendresse. Coyotes are almost complete, only defender Kurt Sauer has a little bit problems. In such a balance of power Phoenix Coyotes certainly have an advantage, not only because of home ice, but for quality of the team, so that HW for @2.00 has value. However I prefer goals of the home team, because it seems to me that three goals for Coyotes should not be a problem. Minnesota Wild allowed 36 goals on 11 away matches, so over 3 per match. Coyotes scored 35 goals on 12 home matches and they scored at least three goals on 8 of those matches. They have failed on the last match, when they scored just one goal against very defensive Florida Panthers. Tonight, Minnesota Wild are real opportunity to correct that, because they succeeded to score more than two goals on 6 of the previous 7 matches against each other.
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