Arizona Coyotes vs Nashville Predators Predictions, NHL Picks, Betting Tips 8/2/2020
Game: Arizona Coyotes vs Nashville Predators
Date: Sunday, August 2, 2020
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Coyotes (+127) Predators (-156)
Rogers Place is the site where Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators (35-26-8, 5th in the Central Division) will play the Arizona Coyotes (33-29-8, 5th in the Pacific Division) on Sunday. The Coyotes open this matchup at +127 while the Predators are priced at -156. The O/U has been set at 5.5. The Coyotes cover 43.1% of the time, having gone 28-37 SU. The Predators cover 48.5% of the time, going 32-34 straight up.
The Arizona Coyotes head into this game holding a record of 33 wins and 29 losses, which is good for 5th in the Pacific Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 190 goals which has them sitting at 11th in the conference and 23rd in the league. Their goal differential is +7, which is good for 15th in the league. The Coyotes have compiled a total of 74 pts, which has them sitting at 22nd in the league and 11th in the Western Conference. In connection with shots on goal, they have compiled a total of 2,220 which has them sitting at 7th in the Western Conference and 13th in the league. As a unit, Arizona has earned a total of 1,317 hits which means they are averaging 18.8 per game. They have compiled a total of 850 blocks for the year. The man in net for Arizona is Darcy Kuemper from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He is 29 years old and has racked up 1,753 minutes protecting the goal for the campaign. Kuemper is allowing an average of 2.22 goals per game which has him sitting 2nd among Western Conference goaltenders and 4th among goalies in the NHL. For the year, he's given up 65 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .928 which has him sitting 2nd among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Arizona Coyotes will look for better times on the ice after their 4 - 2 loss against the Winnipeg Jets in their last game. The Coyotes had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in the loss. In this game, they converted 2 of the 38 shots they put on goal. In addition, they had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to score. Arizona had 9 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Coyotes sat at 53 and the Corsi against was 56 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 48.6%. Their Fenwick sat at 45 while the Fenwick against was 43, which earned them a Fenwick percentage of 51.1%. They took 21 face-off wins and were beaten on 36 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 28.1% and they had a PDO at even strength of 92.4 for this one. When it comes to their opponent, the Winnipeg Jets tallied a total of 34 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 9 penalty mins and they tallied 2 power play attempts.
The Predators will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they sit with 35 victories and 26 losses. In the matter of goal differential, they are ranked 10th in the Western Conference and 20th in the league with -2. They currently have a total of 212 goals for the year which has them ranked at 8th in the Western Conference. Nashville has a team save percentage of .901 which has them ranked 20th in the league, which means scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.3% ranking them 7th in the Western Conference. In net for Nashville is Pekka Rinne who is having a bad season by surrendering 3.17 goals per contest and that places him 29th among West goaltenders and 56th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,988 mins he's been on the ice, he has given up 105 goals. His save percentage is .895, which ranks him 30th among West goaltenders and 60th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Nashville Predators played the Montreal Canadiens in an outing where the Predators took home the victory by a tally of 4 - 2. In their game, Nashville wound up with a 39.8% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 41 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 62. Their Fenwick percentage was 50.0% by way of having a Fenwick of 37 and the Canadiens earning a 37 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Nashville played and they showed up in this game. Their PDO was 102.7 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 43.2%. The Predators converted 4 goals of the 36 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 4 power play chances in this one and netted 1 out of those attempts. In discussing their opponent, the Canadiens had 2 power play attempts but were not able to take advantage. Nashville conceded 34 shots on goal and the Canadiens racked up a total of 8 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Nashville (-156)
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