Tampa Bay Lightning vs Arizona Coyotes Predictions, NHL Picks 2/22/2020
Game: Tampa Bay Lightning vs Arizona Coyotes
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Location: Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Lightning (-155) Coyotes (+140)
Antti Raanta and the Arizona Coyotes (30-26-8, 5th in the Pacific Division) host the Tampa Bay Lightning (40-16-5, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) at Gila River Arena on Saturday, February 22, 2020. The Coyotes open this contest at +140 while the Lightning are coming in at -155. The O/U is set at 6. The Lightning cover 64.4% of the time, having gone 38-21 SU. The Coyotes cover 42.4% of the time, going 25-34 straight up.
The Tampa Bay Lightning step onto the ice holding a record of 40 wins and 16 losses, ranking them 2nd in the Atlantic Division. So far this season, they have converted a total of 216 goals which is good for 1st in the conference and 1st in the league. Their goal differential is +52, ranking them 2nd in the league. The Lightning currently have a total of 85 pts, which is good for 2nd in the league and 2nd in the East. In the matter of shots on goal, they currently have a total of 1,907 which is good for 9th in the East and 16th in the league. As a group, Tampa Bay has collected a total of 1,354 hits which means they have an average of 22.2 per game. They currently have a total of 618 blocks for the season. Protecting the net for Tampa Bay is Andrei Vasilevskiy from London, Ontario. He is 25 years old and has played 2,706 minutes defending the goal for the season. Vasilevskiy is giving up an average of 2.48 goals against average which has him ranking 8th in the Eastern Conference and 13th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this season, he's allowed 112 goals. His save percentage is .919 which has him ranking 7th in the Eastern Conference.
The Tampa Bay Lightning were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 4 - 3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in their last game. The Lightning had a solid offensive performance in the win. In this game, they scored on 4 of the 27 shots they looked to score on. They also had 1 power play opportunity but didn't get a goal. Tampa Bay earned a total of 12 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Lightning was 53 and the Corsi against was 49 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 52.0%. Their Fenwick sat at 42 while the Fenwick against was 34, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 55.3%. They earned 19 face-off wins and lost 28 attempts to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 60.7% and they had a PDO of 104.8 for this matchup. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Colorado Avalanche racked up 27 shots. They finished with a total of 6 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 4 power play chances.
The Coyotes will be the team across the ice and for the season they have 30 victories and 26 losses. When talking about goal differential, they are ranked 8th in the Western Conference and 19th in the NHL with +2. They currently have a total of 169 goals for the season which ranks 11th in the conference. Arizona has a save percentage as a team of .920 which currently has them ranked 3rd in the NHL, meaning they are difficult to score against. They have a shooting percentage of 8.5% putting them at 13th in the conference. In goal for Arizona is Antti Raanta who is having an average season by allowing 2.64 goals per contest and that places him 9th among West goaltenders and 20th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,703 mins he has played, he's given up 75 goals. His save percentage is .922, which has him sitting 6th among West goaltenders and 12th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Arizona Coyotes squared up with the New York Islanders in a game where the Coyotes took home the victory by a score of 2 - 1. For this outing, Arizona had a 48.3% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 57 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 61. Their Fenwick percentage was 51.2% with a Fenwick of 43 and the Islanders earning a 41 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Arizona had and it could be said that this team has had better games. Their PDO at even strength was 102.5 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 51.9%. The Coyotes notched 2 goals out of the 32 shots on goal they attempted. They had 2 power play attempts in this outing but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. Concerning the opposition, the Islanders had 3 power play attempts but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Arizona gave up 29 shots on goal and the Islanders earned 4 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-155)
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