Vancouver Canucks vs Arizona Coyotes Predictions, NHL Picks 3/12/2020
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Arizona Coyotes
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Location: Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (+110) Coyotes (-130)
Gila River Arena is the venue where Darcy Kuemper and the Arizona Coyotes (33-29-8, 5th in the Pacific Division) will take on the Vancouver Canucks (36-27-6, 4th in the Pacific Division) on Thursday. The Coyotes open this game at -130 while the Canucks are coming in at +110. The over/under has been set at 5.5. The Canucks cover 49.2% of the time, having gone 32-33 SU. The Coyotes cover 43.1% of the time, going 28-37 straight up.
The Vancouver Canucks head into this game holding a record of 36 victories and 27 losses, ranking them 4th in the Pacific Division. So far this season, they have converted a total of 224 goals which puts them at 3rd in the West and 10th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +10, ranking them 14th in the NHL. The Canucks currently have a total of 78 pts, which puts them at 20th in the NHL and 9th in the West. With reference to shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 2,153 which puts them at 9th in the conference and 19th in the NHL. As a unit, Vancouver has collected a total of 1,292 hits which means they have an average of 18.7 per contest. They currently have a total of 915 blocks for this season. Looking after the net for Vancouver is Thatcher Demko from San Diego, California. He is 24 years old and has played 1,529 minutes in goal this season. Demko is surrendering an average of 3.06 goals per game which has him ranking 27th among West goaltenders and 51st among goalies in the NHL. So far this season, he's given up 78 goals. His save % is .905 which has him ranking 24th among West goaltenders.
The Vancouver Canucks came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 5 - 4 victory against the New York Islanders in their last game. The Canucks had a solid offensive output in the win. In this game, they netted 5 out of the 34 shots they attempted. Furthermore, they had 2 power play opportunities and scored 1 goal out of those opportunities. Vancouver earned 6 penalty minutes in their game. The Corsi for the Canucks sat at 62 and the Corsi against was 62 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 50.0%. Their Fenwick was 52 while the Fenwick against was 47, meaning they had a rate of 52.5%. They won 27 face-off wins at even strength and lost 25 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 22.2% and they had a PDO at even strength of 99.2 in this game. Regarding their opponent, the New York Islanders racked up a total of 49 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 4 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 3 power play chances.
The Coyotes will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they sit with 33 wins and 29 losses. When talking about goal differential, they are currently sitting 7th in the conference and 15th in the NHL with +7. They have a total of 190 goals for the year which puts them at 11th in the West. Arizona has a team save percentage of .919 which currently has them ranked 3rd in the NHL, meaning they are a tough team to score against. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.6% which is good for 13th in the conference. In net for Arizona is Darcy Kuemper who is having an average campaign by allowing 2.22 GAA and that ranks him 2nd among Western Conference goalies and 4th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,753 minutes he's been on the ice, he has surrendered 65 goals. He's earned a save % of .928, which has him sitting 2nd among Western Conference goalies and 5th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Arizona Coyotes played the Winnipeg Jets in a game where the Coyotes ended up taking the loss by a final of 4 - 2. For this matchup, Arizona went home with a 48.6% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 53 while their opponent had a Corsi of 56. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 51.1% by notching a Fenwick of 45 and the Jets earning a 43 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Arizona played and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. Their PDO was 92.4 and they earned an oZS percentage of 28.1%. The Coyotes converted 2 goals out of the 38 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play chances in this outing but weren't able to notch a goal. On the other side of the ice, the Jets had 2 power play chances but didn't put the puck in goal. Arizona gave up 34 shots on goal and the Jets had 9 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Vancouver (+110)
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