Arizona Coyotes vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 12/6/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Arizona Coyotes vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Date: Friday, December 6, 2019
Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Coyotes (+153) Penguins (-170)
Darcy Kuemper and the Arizona Coyotes (16-9-4, 2nd in the Pacific Division) travel to PPG Paints Arena on Friday where they'll meet the Pittsburgh Penguins (15-9-4, 4th in the Metropolitan Division). The moneyline on this matchup has the Coyotes coming in at +153 and the Penguins are at -170. The O/U has been set at 5.5. The Coyotes cover 48.0% of the time, having gone 12-13 SU. Pittsburgh covers 51.9% of the time, going 14-13 straight up.
The Arizona Coyotes head into this game with a record of 16 wins and 9 defeats, which is good for 2nd in the Pacific Division. During the year thus far, they have converted a total of 78 goals which has them ranked at 10th in the West and 21st in the league. Their goal differential is +11, which is good for 8th in the league. The Coyotes have earned a total of 36 pts, which has them ranked at 8th in the league and 4th in the conference. With regard to shots on goal, they have earned a total of 867 which has them ranked at 10th in the Western Conference and 22nd in the league. As a unit, Arizona currently has a total of 419 hits which has them averaging 14.4 per contest. They have earned a total of 332 blocks for this year. The man in the crease for Arizona is Darcy Kuemper from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He is 29 years old and has totaled 1,158 minutes defending the goal for the season. Kuemper is conceding 1.97 goals per contest which ranks him 1st in the West and 1st in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this season, he has allowed 38 goals. He holds a save % of .936 which ranks him 1st in the West.
The Arizona Coyotes will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 4 - 2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in their previous game. The Coyotes played really well in the win. While out there on the ice, they earned a goal on 4 out of the 28 shots they put on goal. They also had 1 power play chance and were able to score 1 goal on that opportunity. Arizona earned a total of 6 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Coyotes was 36 and the Corsi against at even strength was 46 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 43.9%. Their Fenwick was 27 while the Fenwick against sat at 34, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 44.3%. They earned 22 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 17 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 28.0% and they had a PDO at even strength of 109.6 in this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Columbus Blue Jackets earned a total of 35 shots. They ended the game with 2 penalty mins and they tallied 3 power play attempts.
The Penguins will be on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they sit with 15 victories and 9 losses. In connection with goal differential, they currently sit 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the league with +17. They have earned a total of 95 goals for the season which puts them at 3rd in the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh has a save percentage as a team of .905 which currently has them sitting 18th in the league, meaning there should be some opportunities to score. They are shooting 9.8% putting them at 7th in the Eastern Conference. In goal for Pittsburgh is Matt Murray who is having a marginal campaign by giving up 2.84 goals per contest and that places him 10th among East goaltenders and 25th in the NHL. In the 1,162 mins he has played, he has surrendered 55 goals. He has a save percentage of .897, which ranks him 20th among East goaltenders and 41st in the NHL.
The Pittsburgh Penguins opposed the St. Louis Blues in an outing where the Penguins took home the win by a mark of 3 - 0. For this game, Pittsburgh went home with a 55.9% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 33 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 26. Their Fenwick percentage was 60.4% by way of having a Fenwick of 29 and the Blues having earned a 19 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Pittsburgh played and we'd say they played an average game. They had a PDO at even strength of 111.5 and they earned an oZS percentage of 42.9%. The Penguins converted 3 goals of the 33 shots on goal they tried. They had 5 power play chances in this outing but weren't able to score a goal. In discussing their opponent, the Blues had 4 power play opportunities but were not able to notch a goal. Pittsburgh gave up 28 shots on goal and the Blues had 10 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Arizona (+153)
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