Washington Capitals vs Arizona Coyotes Predictions, NHL Picks 2/15/2020
Game: Washington Capitals vs Arizona Coyotes
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Location: Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (-130) Coyotes (+118)
Ilya Samsonov and the Washington Capitals (37-15-5, 1st in the Metropolitan Division) travel to Gila River Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Arizona Coyotes (28-24-8, 5th in the Pacific Division). The Capitals open this matchup at -130 while the Coyotes are priced at +118. The over/under is set at 6. The Capitals are covering 63.0% of the time, having gone 34-20 SU. The Coyotes are covering 41.8% of the time, going 23-32 straight up.
The Washington Capitals head into this game holding a record of 37 victories and 15 losses, putting them at 1st in the Metropolitan Division. During the year thus far, they have earned a total of 202 goals which ranks them 3rd in the East and 3rd in the league. Their goal differential is +30, putting them at 4th in the league. The Capitals currently have a total of 79 points, which ranks them 3rd in the league and 3rd in the Eastern Conference. In the matter of shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,827 which ranks them 9th in the Eastern Conference and 15th in the league. As a group, Washington has a total of 1,303 hits which means they are averaging 22.9 per game. They currently have a total of 616 blocks for this year. The goaltender for Washington is Ilya Samsonov from Magnitogorsk, Russian Federation. He is 22 years old and has racked up 1,236 minutes defending the net for the campaign. Samsonov is surrendering 2.38 GAA which ranks him 6th among East goalies and 10th among goalies in the NHL. For the year, he's surrendered 49 goals. He holds a save percentage of .917 which ranks him 8th among East goalies.
The Washington Capitals were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in their previous game. The Capitals offense showed they have some room for improvement in this victory. In their game, they finished 3 of the 38 shots they put on net. Additionally, they had 5 power play chances and scored 2 goals out of those chances. Washington ended up with a total of 8 penalty minutes for this outing. The Corsi for the Capitals sat at 50 and the Corsi against was 45 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 52.6%. Their Fenwick was 34 while the Fenwick against at even strength sat at 30, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 53.1%. They won 17 face-off wins and lost 35 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 43.6% and they had a PDO at even strength of 100.1 in this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Colorado Avalanche put up 34 shots. They ended the game with 10 minutes in the box and they tallied 4 power play opportunities.
The Coyotes will be the team across the ice and for the campaign they sit with 28 wins and 24 losses. In the matter of goal differential, they are sitting 8th in the conference and 19th in the league with +1. They currently have a total of 162 goals for the season which is good for 11th in the Western Conference. Arizona has a save % as a team of .917 which currently has them ranked 4th in the league, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.6% which puts them at 13th in the Western Conference. In net for Arizona is Antti Raanta who is having an ok season by surrendering 2.83 goals per game and that has him ranked 14th in the Western Conference and 32nd among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,526 mins he has been on the ice this season, he's given up 72 goals. His save percentage is .915, which has him placed 12th in the Western Conference and 22nd among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Arizona Coyotes went up against the Ottawa Senators in a matchup where the Coyotes were on the wrong end of the score by a mark of 3 - 2. For this outing, Arizona went home with a 57.5% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 69 and their opponent having a Corsi of 51. They had a Fenwick percentage of 49.4% by notching a Fenwick of 40 and the Senators having earned a 41 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Arizona had and it could be said that this team has had better games. They had a PDO at even strength of 92.1 and they had an oZS percentage of 74.1%. The Coyotes converted 2 goals out of the 34 shots on goal they attempted. They had 2 power play chances in this outing and were able to convert 1 out of those attempts. Regarding the opposition, the Senators had 3 power play chances but were not able to notch a goal. Arizona gave way to 31 shots on goal and the Senators had 4 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Washington (-130)
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