Arizona Coyotes vs. Nashville Predators - 12/23/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Arizona Coyotes vs Nashville Predators
Date: Monday, December 23, 2019
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Coyotes (-120) Predators (+109)
Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators (17-12-6, 5th in the Central Division) host the Arizona Coyotes (20-13-4, 1st in the Pacific Division) at Bridgestone Arena on Monday, December 23, 2019. The odds on this game have the Coyotes priced at -120 and the Predators are at +109. The over/under has been set at 6. The Coyotes cover 46.9% of the time, having gone 15-17 SU. Nashville is covering 47.1% of the time, going 16-18 straight up.
The Arizona Coyotes head into this game holding a record of 20 wins and 13 defeats, putting them at 1st in the Pacific Division. So far this year, they have earned a total of 100 goals which has them sitting at 10th in the West and 23rd in the NHL. Their goal differential is +8, putting them at 14th in the NHL. The Coyotes have earned a total of 44 pts, which has them sitting at 13th in the NHL and 7th in the conference. Regarding shots toward the net, they have earned a total of 1,144 which has them sitting at 6th in the West and 15th in the NHL. As a group, Arizona has earned a total of 689 hits which means they have an average of 18.6 per contest. They have earned a total of 453 blocks for this season. The man in the crease for Arizona is Antti Raanta from Rauma, Finland. He is 30 years old and has played 728 minutes protecting the net for the season. Khudobin is allowing 2.72 GAA which places him at 11th in the West and 23rd among goalies in the NHL. For the year, he's given up 33 goals. He has a save percentage of .919 which places him at 9th in the West.
The Arizona Coyotes were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 8 - 5 loss against the Minnesota Wild in their last game. The Coyotes had a solid offensive performance and it showed in the loss. For this game, they netted 5 of the 40 shots they tried. Additionally, they had 4 power play attempts and scored 2 goals out of those chances. Arizona ended up with a total of 8 penalty minutes in this outing. The Corsi for the Coyotes sat at 62 and the Corsi against was 45 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 57.9%. Their Fenwick was 45 and the Fenwick against sat at 37, which tells us they had a rate of 54.9%. They took 37 face-off wins and lost 22 of the face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 58.8% and they had a PDO at even strength of 81.8 in this one. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Minnesota Wild racked up 33 shots. They had a total of 12 penalty minutes and they tallied 2 power play attempts.
The Predators are the team looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they sit with 17 wins and 12 defeats. in respect to goal differential, they are sitting 3rd in the West and 11th in the NHL with +10. They have a total of 122 goals for this season which has them at 2nd in the West. Nashville has a team save percentage of .890 which has them sitting 27th in the NHL, which means scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.4% putting them at 3rd in the conference. In net for Nashville is Pekka Rinne who is having a bad season by allowing 2.98 goals per game and that ranks him 20th among Western Conference goalies and 39th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,128 mins he's played this season, he has allowed 56 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .895, which has him ranked 25th among Western Conference goalies and 51st among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Nashville Predators faced off against the Boston Bruins in a game where the Predators earned a win by a tally of 4 - 3. While out there on the ice, Nashville earned a 45.7% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 42 and the other team having a Corsi of 50. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 43.5% with a Fenwick of 30 and the Bruins having earned a 39 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Nashville had and it tells us that they played really well in this game. They had a PDO at even strength of 111.0 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 42.6%. The Predators converted 4 goals of the 29 shots on goal they tried. They had 3 power play attempts in this one but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. Concerning the opposition, the Bruins had 4 power play attempts and took advantage of the situation by scoring 1 goal. Nashville allowed 32 shots on goal and the Bruins ended up with 6 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Arizona (-120)
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