Arizona Coyotes vs Vancouver Canucks Predictions, NHL Expert Picks 3/4/2020
Game: Arizona Coyotes vs Vancouver Canucks
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Location: Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Odds/Point Spread: Coyotes (+109) Canucks (-120)
Rogers Arena is the site where Thatcher Demko and the Vancouver Canucks (34-25-6, 4th in the Pacific Division) will take on the Arizona Coyotes (32-27-8, 5th in the Pacific Division) on Wednesday. The Canucks open this game at -120 while the Coyotes are priced at +109. The over/under has been set at 6.5. The Coyotes cover 43.6% of the time, having gone 27-35 SU. Vancouver is covering 50.0% of the time, going 31-31 straight up.
The Arizona Coyotes step onto the ice holding a record of 32 victories and 27 losses, ranking them 5th in the Pacific Division. During the year thus far, they have racked up a total of 182 goals which has them at 11th in the conference and 22nd in the league. Their goal differential is +8, ranking them 15th in the league. The Coyotes have a total of 72 points, which has them at 21st in the league and 10th in the conference. When looking at shots at the opposition, they have a total of 2,108 which has them at 6th in the Western Conference and 12th in the league. As a unit, Arizona has obtained a total of 1,249 hits which means they have an average of 18.6 per game. They have a total of 822 blocks for the season. The goalie for Arizona is Darcy Kuemper from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He is 29 years old and has racked up 1,576 mins minding the net this season. Kuemper is surrendering 2.17 goals per contest which places him at 1st among Western Conference goalies and 2nd in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he has surrendered 57 goals. He's earned a save % of .929 which places him at 2nd among Western Conference goalies.
The Arizona Coyotes came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 5 - 2 victory against the Buffalo Sabres their last time out. The Coyotes had a solid offensive outing and it was apparent in this victory. In this game, they scored on 5 of the 31 shots they looked to score on. Furthermore, they had 2 power play opportunities but weren't able to net one. Arizona racked up 4 penalty mins in this outing. The Corsi for the Coyotes was 52 and the Corsi against was 39 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 57.1%. Their Fenwick was 40 while the Fenwick against was 31, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 56.3%. They took 18 face-off wins at even strength and lost 22 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 29.4% and they had a PDO of 105.4 for this matchup. When it comes to their opponent, the Buffalo Sabres tallied 27 shots. They finished with 4 minutes in the box and they earned 2 power play opportunities.
The Canucks are the team looking to add points to their total and for the year they have 34 wins and 25 losses. In terms of goal differential, they are ranked 5th in the Western Conference and 13th in the league with +10. They have compiled a total of 211 goals for the year which is 4th in the West. Vancouver has a team save % of .907 which has them sitting 13th in the league, which tells us there should be some chances to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.4% putting them at 5th in the West. In net for Vancouver is Thatcher Demko who is having a tough campaign by allowing 3.08 GAA and that places him 28th in the Western Conference and 52nd in the NHL. In the 1,288 minutes he's played, he has given up 66 goals. He holds a save % of .903, which has him sitting 27th in the Western Conference and 51st in the NHL.
The Vancouver Canucks opposed the Columbus Blue Jackets in an outing where the Canucks ended up losing by a score of 5 - 3. For this outing, Vancouver had a 55.9% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 57 and the other team having a Corsi of 45. Their Fenwick percentage was 55.1% by earning a Fenwick of 43 and the Blue Jackets having a 35 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Vancouver played and it shows us they played like an average team. Their PDO at even strength was 96.1 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 52.6%. The Canucks notched 3 goals of the 39 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play attempts in this one and were able to convert 1 out of those attempts. As for the opposition, the Blue Jackets had 2 power play chances and took advantage of the situation by scoring 2 goals. Vancouver gave way to 35 shots on goal and the Blue Jackets earned a total of 11 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Arizona (+109)
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