Arizona Coyotes vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 12/28/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Arizona Coyotes vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Saturday, December 28, 2019
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Coyotes (+100) Golden Knights (-110)
Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights (20-14-6, 2nd in the Pacific Division) play the Arizona Coyotes (21-14-4, 1st in the Pacific Division) at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, December 28, 2019. The Golden Knights open this game at -110 while the Coyotes are coming in at +100. The total has been set at 6. The Coyotes cover 47.1% of the time, having gone 16-18 SU. Vegas is covering 46.0% of the time, going 17-20 straight up.
The Arizona Coyotes come into the game holding a record of 21 victories and 14 defeats, ranking them 1st in the Pacific Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 107 goals which has them at 9th in the Western Conference and 20th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +10, ranking them 12th in the NHL. The Coyotes have a total of 46 points, which has them at 10th in the NHL and 4th in the Western Conference. When discussing shots at the opposing goalie, they have a total of 1,217 which has them at 3rd in the Western Conference and 7th in the NHL. As a group, Arizona has earned a total of 719 hits which has them averaging 18.4 per game. They have a total of 470 blocks for this season. In net for Arizona is Antti Raanta from Rauma, Finland. He is 30 years old and has been on the ice a total of 845 mins in goal this year. Khudobin is conceding an average of 2.70 goals against average which ranks him 10th among Western Conference goalies and 22nd in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this year, he's allowed 38 goals. He holds a save percentage of .921 which ranks him 9th among Western Conference goalies.
The Arizona Coyotes will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 3 - 2 loss to the Nashville Predators their last time out. The Coyotes didn't have a great showing offensively in this defeat. While out there on the ice, they netted 2 of the 28 shots they attempted. In addition, they had 2 power play chances but weren't able to score. Arizona had 2 penalty mins for this outing. The Corsi for the Coyotes was 51 and the Corsi against was 67 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 43.2%. Their Fenwick was 38 while the Fenwick against was 55, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 40.9%. They earned 21 face-off wins and lost 27 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 40.0% and they had a PDO of 99.8 for this one. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Nashville Predators earned 41 shots. They had 4 penalty mins and they had 1 power play chance.
The Golden Knights will be on the other side of the ice and for the current year they have 20 victories and 14 defeats. When talking about goal differential, they are ranked 8th in the West and 18th in the league with +1. They have earned a total of 119 goals for the season which ranks 4th in the West. Vegas has a team save % of .907 which has them ranked 12th in the league, meaning there should be some opportunities to score. They have a shooting percentage of 8.8% putting them at 10th in the conference. In goal for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury who is having an ok year by surrendering 2.81 goals against average and that has him 12th among West goalies and 26th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,518 minutes he has played this year, he's surrendered 71 goals. He holds a save percentage of .910, which has him sitting 17th among West goalies and 31st among goalies in the NHL.
The Vegas Golden Knights squared up with the Colorado Avalanche in an outing where the Golden Knights took the defeat by a score of 7 - 3. For this matchup, Vegas wound up with a 46.1% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 47 and their opponent having a Corsi of 55. They had a Fenwick percentage of 46.9% by way of having a Fenwick of 38 and the Avalanche finishing with a 43 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Vegas had and you could say that they didn't play great, but weren't awful either. They had a PDO of 98.2 and their percentage of oZS was 44.2%. The Golden Knights notched 3 goals of the 32 shots on goal they tried. They had 1 power play attempt in this outing but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. Regarding their opponent, the Avalanche had 5 power play attempts and took advantage of the situation by scoring 2 goals. Vegas gave up 38 shots on goal and the Avalanche earned a total of 9 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Arizona (+100)
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