New York Islanders vs Arizona Coyotes Predictions, NHL Picks 2/17/2020
Game: New York Islanders vs Arizona Coyotes
Date: Monday, February 17, 2020
Location: Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Islanders (+120) Coyotes (-133)
Gila River Arena is the site where Antti Raanta and the Arizona Coyotes (28-24-8, 5th in the Pacific Division) will play the New York Islanders (33-17-6, 3rd in the Metropolitan Division) on Monday. The Coyotes open this game at -133 while the Islanders are coming in at +120. The O/U is set at 5. The Islanders are covering 55.6% of the time, having gone 30-24 SU. The Coyotes are covering 42.9% of the time, going 24-32 straight up.
The New York Islanders step onto the ice with a record of 33 wins and 17 defeats, which puts them at 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. During the year thus far, they have scored a total of 163 goals which has them ranked at 12th in the East and 21st in the league. Their goal differential is +9, which puts them at 13th in the league. The Islanders have compiled a total of 72 points, which has them ranked at 6th in the league and 5th in the conference. in respect to shots at the opposition, they have compiled a total of 1,650 which has them ranked at 15th in the East and 30th in the league. As a unit, New York has collected a total of 1,522 hits which means they are averaging 27.2 per contest. They have compiled a total of 828 blocks for this season. Looking after the net for New York is Semyon Varlamov from Kuybyshev, USSR. He is 31 years old and has racked up 1,943 minutes defending the net for the campaign. Varlamov is surrendering 2.59 goals against average which places him at 10th among Eastern Conference goalies and 17th among goaltenders in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he has surrendered 84 goals. His save % is .915 which places him at 10th among Eastern Conference goalies.
The New York Islanders were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 5 - 0 loss to the Nashville Predators in their previous contest. The Islanders didn't have a great showing offensively in the defeat. In this matchup, they finished 0 of the 31 shots they put on net. Furthermore, they had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to score. New York had 5 penalty minutes in this matchup. The Corsi for the Islanders was 55 and the Corsi against was 67 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 45.1%. Their Fenwick sat at 38 while the Fenwick against sat at 46, telling us they have a rate of 45.2%. They won 19 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 28 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 45.2% and they had a PDO of 80.0 for this matchup. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Nashville Predators racked up 26 shots. They finished with a total of 9 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 1 power play opportunity.
The Coyotes are the team looking to add points to their total and for the current year they sit with 28 wins and 24 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are currently ranked 8th in the conference and 19th in the league with +1. They have a total of 162 goals for this season which has them at 11th in the West. Arizona has a save % as a team of .917 which currently has them sitting 4th in the league, meaning chances to score may be scarce. They are shooting 8.6% which is good for 13th in the West. In goal for Arizona is Antti Raanta who is having a marginal year by giving up 2.83 goals per contest and that places him 14th among Western Conference goalies and 32nd in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,526 minutes he has been on the ice this year, he has allowed 72 goals. He holds a save percentage of .915, which has him placed 12th among Western Conference goalies and 22nd in the NHL among goalies.
The Arizona Coyotes squared up with the Ottawa Senators in a game where the Coyotes went home in defeat by a final of 3 - 2. For this matchup, Arizona earned a 57.5% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 69 and the other team having a Corsi of 51. Their Fenwick rate came in at 49.4% by way of having a Fenwick of 40 and the Senators finishing with a 41 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Arizona had and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. They had a PDO of 92.1 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 74.1%. The Coyotes notched 2 goals of the 34 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 power play opportunities in this game and netted 1 out of those chances. Concerning their opponent, the Senators had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to take advantage of it. Arizona gave up 31 shots on goal and the Senators had a total of 4 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New York (+120)
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