New York Rangers vs Arizona Coyotes Prediction, 12/15/2021 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: New York Rangers vs Arizona Coyotes
Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Location: Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ
TV: Fox Sports Arizona
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (-220) Coyotes (+175)
Karel Vejmelka and the Arizona Coyotes (5-20-2) host the New York Rangers (18-6-3) at Gila River Arena on Wednesday. The Coyotes open this matchup at +175 while the Rangers are priced at -220. The over/under is set at 5.5.
The New York Rangers will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 1-0 loss against the Predators in their previous game. The Rangers could have played much better offensively in this defeat. In the game, they ended the night with no scores out of the 32 shots they launched. Furthermore, they had 2 power play opportunities but weren't able to net one. New York amassed 4 penalty minutes for this game.
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New York Rangers opponents have totaled 80 power play tries (14th in the league) and have come away with 13 goals in those attempts. The Rangers have had 860 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .921. New York has taken 775 shots and has a shooting percentage of 10.1%. While playing at even strength, the Rangers have conceded 55 goals while notching 59 on the offensive side of the ice. New York has compiled 79 power play opportunities and they have tallied 19 goals out of those attempts, giving them a rate of 24.05%. For the current season, they have racked up 39 points and their points % is .722. In reference to scoring goals, the New York Rangers have tallied 78 goals (17th in the NHL) on the year and have conceded 68.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Igor Shesterkin. Shesterkin has played in 65 games during his professional hockey career. He has earned a record of 39-19-5 and he was named the starter in 60 games. Opponents have scored 147 goals against Shesterkin in his pro career and his average for goals against per game is 2.44. Shesterkin has had 1,968 shots against him and he has 1,821 saves. His save percentage is .925 during his 3,614 mins guarding the cage. Throughout his time in hockey, Shesterkin has recorded 42 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .700.
In their last contest, Arizona played the Flyers in a game where the Coyotes ended up losing by a final score of 5-3. They had 2 power play opportunities in this game but didn't score a goal. The Coyotes converted 3 goals out of the 32 shots on goal they attempted.
The Coyotes are sitting with 40 goals at even strength and 8 goals (32nd in hockey) while having more men on the ice. Arizona has attempted 688 shots (31st in professional hockey) and has earned a shooting percentage of 6.98%, while allowing the other team 892 shots. On the year, the Arizona Coyotes have earned 48 goals, 12 points, as well as a points percentage of .222. They have recorded 66 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play rate of 12.12%. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 71.91% on the other teams 89 power play tries, and their save percentage sits at 88.9%. They have permitted 99 goals to be scored by of a combination of 74 goals at even strength and 25 goals while they had less men on the ice.
Across the ice you will find Karel Vejmelka defending the net. He has racked up 416 stops out of 461 shots tried, giving him a rate of .902. Vejmelka has compiled a career record of 2-11-1 and has played in 16 games. He has been a starter 14 games and his ice time sits at 824 minutes. Vejmelka's quality start percentage sits at 42.9% and he has earned 6 quality starting assignments in his professional career. His opposition is averaging 3.28 goals per game and he has allowed 45 goals in total.
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Tony's Pick: Take New York (-220)
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