New Jersey Devils vs. Arizona Coyotes - 12/14/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: New Jersey Devils vs Arizona Coyotes
Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Location: Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+109) Coyotes (-120)
MacKenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (9-16-5, 8th in the Metropolitan Division) travel to Gila River Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Arizona Coyotes (19-11-4, 1st in the Pacific Division). The Devils open this game at +109 while the Coyotes are priced at -120. The total is set at 6. The Devils are covering 27.6% of the time, having gone 8-21 SU. Arizona covers 48.3% of the time, going 14-15 straight up.
The New Jersey Devils head into this game holding a record of 9 wins and 16 defeats, which puts them at 8th in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 73 goals which has them sitting at 15th in the Eastern Conference and 30th in the league. Their goal differential is -34, which puts them at 30th in the league. The Devils have compiled a total of 23 pts, which has them sitting at 30th in the league and 15th in the conference. With reference to shots toward the net, they have compiled a total of 924 which has them sitting at 14th in the conference and 28th in the league. As a team, New Jersey has obtained a total of 435 hits which has them averaging 14.5 per game. They have compiled a total of 296 blocks for this season. The man protecting the net for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood from Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 23 years old and has played 1,260 minutes defending the goal this year. Blackwood is giving up 3.00 GAA which places him at 21st in the Eastern Conference and 40th among goalies in the NHL. For the year, he has surrendered 63 goals. He's earned a save % of .902 which places him at 22nd in the Eastern Conference.
The New Jersey Devils had a rough game after their 2 - 0 defeat against the Dallas Stars their last time out. The Devils had an offensive game that was below their expectations in this loss. For this game, they netted 0 of the 26 shots they put on goal. Furthermore, they had 3 power play attempts but weren't able to score a goal. New Jersey racked up 10 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Devils was 24 and the Corsi against was 48 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 33.3%. Their Fenwick was 19 while the Fenwick against sat at 29, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 39.6%. They won 11 face-off wins and were beaten on 30 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 40.6% and they had a PDO of 92.0 for this game. When it comes to their opponent, the Dallas Stars tallied a total of 35 shots. They finished with a total of 6 minutes in the box and they tallied 5 power play opportunities.
The Coyotes will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the current year they have 19 victories and 11 losses. Regarding goal differential, they currently sit 3rd in the conference and 10th in the league with +11. They have earned a total of 91 goals for this season which is good for 10th in the conference. Arizona has a save percentage as a team of .927 which has them sitting 1st in the league, meaning chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.6% which puts them at 12th in the West. In net for Arizona is Darcy Kuemper who is having a good year by allowing only 1.97 goals against average and that ranks him 1st in the West and 4th in the NHL. In the 1,343 mins he has been on the ice this year, he's allowed 44 goals. He holds a save percentage of .935, which has him placed 1st in the West and 3rd in the NHL.
The Arizona Coyotes faced off against the Chicago Blackhawks in a game where the Coyotes earned a victory by a score of 5 - 2. For this game, Arizona wound up with a 49.4% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 40 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 41. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 49.2% by earning a Fenwick of 32 and the Blackhawks earning a 33 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Arizona played and they showed up in this game. They had a PDO of 115.5 and they had an oZS percentage of 36.0%. The Coyotes scored 5 goals out of the 40 shots on goal they pursued. They had 4 power play opportunities in this one but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. On the other side of the ice, the Blackhawks had 3 power play attempts and went on to score 1 goal. Arizona conceded 30 shots on goal and the Blackhawks had a total of 8 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Arizona (-120)
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