Taylor Hall, Clayton Keller, and the Arizona Coyotes will do battle against J.T. Miller, Elias Pettersson, and the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena for a Pacific Division tilt. The match will get underway at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 4 and it is being televised live on Sportsnet Pacific.
Arizona Coyotes at Vancouver Canucks Odds
Playing the role of favorites will be the Canucks (-130), whereas the Coyotes are dogs displaying moneyline odds of +110, and the Over/Under (O/U) has been placed at 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under) at William Hill.
Earning 2.2 units for moneyline bettors, Vancouver is 34-31 straight up (SU) overall in the 2019-20 season. That win percentage, ranked third in the Pacific Division so far in the early season, is a welcomed improvement compared to what the team did during last year’s regular season (35-47). Of the team’s 65 games this season, 36 have gone over the total, while 26 have gone under and just three have pushed. The team’s 20-11 SU at home this season.
The Canucks have connected on 23.9 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s good enough for fourth-best in the league. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 18th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 79.9 percent of all penalties.
With a .918 save percentage and 30.3 saves per game, Jacob Markstrom (23-20-4) has been the most dependable goalkeeper for the Nucks this season. If the Nucks, however, choose to give him a rest, the team may turn to Thatcher Demko (12-11-11 record, .903 save percentage, 3.08 goals against average).
In the other locker room, Arizona is 32-35 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.2 units for moneyline bettors thus far. A total of 37 of its outings have gone under the total, while 28 have gone over and just two have pushed. The Coyotes are 15-19 SU as the away team this season.
The Coyotes have converted on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked fifth overall and it’s successfully killed off 83.0 percent of all penalties.
Antti Raanta (2.63 goals against average and .921 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Arizona. Raanta is averaging 28.3 saves per game and has 15 wins, 18 losses, and three OT losses to his credit.
Arizona Coyotes at Vancouver Canucks Free Picks
Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Canucks, O/U – Under
The Canucks are 3-3 in games that go to shootout. The Coyotes are 5-4 in shootouts.
For both of these teams, the over has hit in four of their last five matchups.
Over Vancouver’s last ten outings, eight of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 3-5 in those games).
Arizona skaters recorded 24.7 hits per game last season, while the Canucks posted 21.9 hits per matchup.