The Vancouver Canucks, spearheaded by J.T. Miller and Elias Pettersson, are set to take the ice against Taylor Hall, Nick Schmaltz, and the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena for a Pacific Division showdown. The puck is going to drop at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 12, and it’ll be broadcasted live on Sportsnet Pacific.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Arizona Coyotes Odds
Vancouver (+110) is playing the role of underdog to Arizona (-130) and sportsbooks have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).
Vancouver is 36-33 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 1.4 units this year. 39 of its outings have gone over the total, while 27 have gone under and just three have pushed. This 2019-20 Canucks team is 14-20 SU on the road.
Vancouver has converted on 23.6 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s good enough for fourth-best in the NHL. Its penalty kill is ranked 16th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.5 percent of all penalties..
With a .918 save percentage and 30.3 saves per game, Jacob Markstrom (23-20-4) has been the top option in goal for Vancouver this year. If head coach Travis Green chooses to rest him, however, Vancouver might turn to Thatcher Demko (14-13-2 record, .905 save percentage, 3.06 goals against average).
Arizona is 33-37 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.2 units for moneyline bettors this year. 38 of its games have gone under the total, while 30 have gone over and just two have pushed. The team’s 17-16 SU at home this year.
The Coyotes have converted on just 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked sixth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.7 percent of all penalties.
Antti Raanta (28.3 saves per game) has been the top selection in the crease for the Coyotes. Raanta has 15 wins, 18 losses, and three overtime losses to his credit and has recorded a pedestrian 2.63 goals against average and a .921 save percentage this season.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Arizona Coyotes Free Picks
NHL Tip: SU Winner – Canucks, O/U – Over
Two of the Canucks’ last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 4-3 overall in shootouts this season.
For both of these teams, the game went over the total in three of their past five outings.
Over Vancouver’s last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-4 in those games).
Vancouver skaters registered 21.9 hits per game last season, while the Coyotes accounted for 24.7 hits per matchup.