Vancouver Canucks vs Arizona Coyotes Prediction, 3/16/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Arizona Coyotes
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2023
Location: ASU Multi-Purpose Arena in Tempe, AZ
TV: Fox Sports Arizona
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (-143) Coyotes (+120)
The Vancouver Canucks (29-32-5) are headed to ASU Multi-Purpose Arena on Thursday where they will try to defeat the Arizona Coyotes (25-32-11). The odds on this game have the Canucks at -143 while the Coyotes are coming in at +120. The total comes in at 7.
The Vancouver Canucks came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 5-2 victory over the Stars their last time on the ice. Vancouver recorded 8 penalty minutes in this matchup. They also had 3 attempts on the power play and were able to net 1 goal. The Canucks had a solid offensive output and it showed in this victory. For the matchup, they scored on 5 out of the 19 shots they tried.
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When at even strength, the Canucks have allowed the opponent to score 189 goals while scoring 172 as an offensive unit. Vancouver Canucks opponents have amassed 195 power play tries (23rd in professional hockey) and have tallied 61 goals in those attempts. In relation to scoring goals, the Vancouver Canucks have notched 222 goals (11th in the National Hockey League) so far this year and have allowed 250. Vancouver has tried 1,998 shots and has a shooting percentage of 11.1%. For the current season, they have recorded 63 points and their points percentage is .477. The Canucks have had 2,047 shots attempted against them and have earned a save percentage of .878. Vancouver is sitting with 220 power play opportunities and they have scored 50 goals out of those chances, giving them a percentage of 22.73%.
The man in goal for this game is Thatcher Demko. Opponents have been able to score 443 goals against Demko in his career and his goals against rate is 2.91. Demko has played in 157 games over the course of his pro hockey career. His save percentage sits at .910 for his 9,126 minutes played. He has accumulated a win-loss record of 75-64-13 and he was named the starter in 151 games. Throughout his time in hockey, Demko has tallied 83 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .550. Demko has had 4,930 shots against him and has accrued 4,487 saves.
In their last game, Arizona played the Flames in a matchup where the Coyotes got the victory by a score of 4-3. The Coyotes scored 4 goals out of the 25 shots on goal they took. They had 1 power play attempt in this outing but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal.
Arizona has taken 1,754 shots (32nd in hockey) and has a shot percentage of 10.78%, while allowing the other team 2,445 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 75.59% on the other teams 254 power play tries, and their save percentage currently comes in at 90.3%. They have recorded 199 chances on the power play and they have earned a power play rate of 19.10%. The Coyotes have 151 goals at even strength and 38 goals (24th in the NHL) while on the power play. They have granted a total of 237 goals to be scored by way of 175 goals at even strength and 62 goals while they were shorthanded. This season, the Arizona Coyotes have tallied 189 goals, 61 points, in addition to a points percentage of .449.
Across the ice you will find Karel Vejmelka patrolling the crease. Vejmelka holds a lifetime record of 31-51-8 and has played in 96 games. Vejmelka's quality start rate is 46.7% and he has made 43 quality starting assignments in his hockey career. He is sitting with 2,853 stops out of 3,168 shots taken against him, giving him a rate of .901. Opponents are averaging 3.53 goals per game and he has allowed 315 goals in total. He has been a starter 92 contests and has been on the ice for 5,359 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take Vancouver (-143)
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