Arizona Coyotes vs Vancouver Canucks Prediction, 12/19/2021 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Arizona Coyotes vs Vancouver Canucks
Date: Sunday, December 19, 2021
Location: Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Rogers Arena is the venue where Thatcher Demko and the Vancouver Canucks (14-15-2) will take on the Arizona Coyotes (5-21-2) on Sunday.
The Arizona Coyotes will look for better times on the ice after their 3-2 defeat against the Rangers in their last outing. The Coyotes didn't have a great showing offensively in the loss. In the game, they tallied a score on 2 of the 31 shots they tried. Moreover, they had 2 attempts on the power play but weren't able to score. Arizona recorded 6 penalty minutes in this game.
The Coyotes have had 922 shots tried against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .889. While at even strength, the Coyotes have surrendered 75 goals while having 42 when they are on offense. Arizona Coyotes opponents have recorded 92 power play tries (6th in pro hockey) and have scored 27 goals in those attempts. For the current season, they sit with 12 points and their points percentage sits at .214. Arizona has taken 719 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 7.0%. With regard to scoring goals, the Arizona Coyotes have notched 50 goals (32nd in the National Hockey League) on the year and have conceded 102. Arizona has compiled 68 power play opportunities and they have scored 8 goals during those chances, giving them a percentage of 11.76%.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Scott Wedgewood. Wedgewood has been involved in 55 games during his NHL career. He has amassed a mark of 13-27-10 and he was named the starter in 48 games. Opponents have notched 156 goals versus Wedgewood in his pro hockey career and his goals against rate is 3.05. Wedgewood has seen 1,607 shots against him and has accrued 1,451 saves. His save percentage sits at .903 in his 3,072 mins on the ice. Over the course of his pro career, Wedgewood has accumulated 19 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .396.
The last time they were on the ice, Vancouver squared up with the Sharks in a game where the Canucks ended up with the victory by a final of 5-2. The Canucks recorded 5 goals out of the 30 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play opportunities in this outing and notched 1 goal out of those chances.
For the year, the Vancouver Canucks have accounted for 78 goals, 30 points, as well as a points percentage of .484. They have allowed 89 goals to be scored by way of 58 goals at even strength and 31 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Canucks have 58 goals at even strength and 20 goals (8th in professional hockey) while on the power play. They have recorded 102 power play chances and they have earned a power play percentage of 19.61%. Vancouver has put up 1,032 shots (2nd in professional hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 7.56%, while allowing their opponents 993 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 67.02% on their opponents 94 power play opportunities, and their save percentage comes in at 91.0%.
Across the rink you are going to see Thatcher Demko defending the goal. His opposition is averaging 2.86 goals/game and he has surrendered 271 goals overall. Demko's quality start rate sits at 57.4% and he has earned 54 quality starting assignments in his career. He has started in 94 contests and has played for a total of 5,694 mins. Demko has amassed a lifetime mark of 47-42-5 and has played in 97 contests. He has gathered 2,831 stops out of 3,102 shots taken, giving him a rate of .913.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Vancouver
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