Coyotes vs Lightning Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/9/2020
Game: Arizona Coyotes vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Coyotes (+109) Lightning (-120)
Amalie Arena is the site where Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Tampa Bay Lightning (25-13-4, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) will take on the Arizona Coyotes (25-16-4, 1st in the Pacific Division) on Thursday. The Lightning open this matchup at -120 while the Coyotes are priced at +109. The total is set at 6. The Coyotes are covering 50.0% of the time, having gone 20-20 SU. The Lightning are covering 58.5% of the time, going 24-17 straight up.
The Arizona Coyotes head into this game holding a record of 25 victories and 16 defeats, putting them at 1st in the Pacific Division. Thus far in the season, they have scored a total of 128 goals which has them ranked at 9th in the conference and 19th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +16, putting them at 9th in the NHL. The Coyotes currently have a total of 54 points, which has them ranked at 9th in the NHL and 4th in the conference. In terms of shots on goal, they currently have a total of 1,399 which has them ranked at 5th in the conference and 12th in the NHL. As a group, Arizona has racked up a total of 841 hits which means they are averaging 18.7 per contest. They currently have a total of 542 blocks for the year. Looking after the goal for Arizona is Adin Hill from Comox, British Columbia. He is 23 years old and has played a total of 118 minutes minding the net for the season. Hill is allowing an average of 2.03 goals against average which ranks him 1st in the West and 1st in the NHL. For the season, he's given up 4 goals. He holds a save percentage of .944 which ranks him 1st in the West.
The Arizona Coyotes had a good night with a 5 - 2 victory over the Florida Panthers their last time out. The Coyotes had a solid offensive output in the victory. For this matchup, they earned a goal on 5 out of the 37 shots they tried. Moreover, they had 2 power play chances and notched 2 goals out of those chances. Arizona had a total of 6 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Coyotes was 45 and the Corsi against was 64 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 41.3%. Their Fenwick sat at 38 and the Fenwick against sat at 49, giving them a rate of 43.7%. They earned 28 face-off wins and lost 36 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 36.3% and they had a PDO of 103.4 for this game. Concerning opponent stats, the Florida Panthers racked up 39 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 6 penalty minutes and they tallied 2 power play opportunities.
The Lightning will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the season they have 25 victories and 13 defeats. In connection with goal differential, they currently sit 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the league with +28. They have compiled a total of 155 goals for the season which has them sitting at 3rd in the conference. Tampa Bay has a save percentage as a team of .904 which is good for 13th in the league, meaning there should be some chances to score. They have a shooting percentage of 11.3% ranking them 1st in the Eastern Conference. In goal for Tampa Bay is Andrei Vasilevskiy who is having an average year by giving up 2.74 goals per game and that has him ranked 11th in the Eastern Conference and 21st in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,859 minutes he's been on the ice, he's surrendered 85 goals. His save percentage is .911, which has him sitting 10th in the Eastern Conference and 25th in the NHL among goalies.
The Tampa Bay Lightning squared up with the Vancouver Canucks in a matchup where the Lightning ended up with the victory by a final of 9 - 2. In this matchup, Tampa Bay had a 63.4% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 45 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 26. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 63.2% by way of having a Fenwick of 36 and the Canucks ending the game with a 21 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Tampa Bay had and it was a good performance overall. They had a PDO at even strength of 110.3 and they earned an oZS percentage of 68.0%. The Lightning scored 9 goals of the 37 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 5 power play opportunities in this outing and scored 2 out of those chances. Regarding the opposition, the Canucks had 4 power play chances but didn't put the puck in goal. Tampa Bay gave up 23 shots on goal and the Canucks had 10 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-120)
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