Hockey betting expectations remain small for the Phoenix Coyotes as they also lack scoring punch and remain a hockey gambling question mark for the long term.
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Phoenix had a record of 15-11-4-3 with the NHL betting odds and was 9-7-2-1 on the road. The Coyotes were an even 9-9-1 on totals in road action. The Coyotes were a surprise playoff team last year that won based on grit, determination, and good defense and that is the formula that they are trying to win with again for this season.
The continuing ownership issues have prevented the Coyotes from signing big name talent and therefore the offense is a joint effort that ranks 17th in the NHL for scoring. The Coyotes top scorer was left wing veteran Ray Whitney who had just 5 goals and 17 assists while top goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov had a 2.56 goals against average.
The St. Louis Blues took a step back last year after making the playoffs with a strong late season surge in 2008-09. St. Louis had a record of 17-12-2-3 with the NHL betting lines and was 11-4-0-2 at home, a big improvement over last year. The Blues went over the total in just 6 of 17 home games.
St. Louis had even bigger offensive problems than Phoenix as they ranked 20th in goal scoring and 14th for goals against. Right winger David Backes was the leading scorer with 7 goals and 19 assists while goaltender Jaroslav Halak had a 2.43 goals against average with 3 shutouts. The Blues power play was struggling and ranked a poor 25th in the NHL.
St. Louis has paid out in 3 of their last 4 hockey betting matchups at home against Phoenix and just 1 of the last 7 meetings between the teams at St. Louis has gone over the total. St. Louis lost at Phoenix 5-3 in the last meeting between the teams on November 13.