In their first of three head-to-head meetings this season, the Arizona Coyotes and the Minnesota Wild clash at the Xcel Energy Center in a Western Conference showdown. Fox Sports Arizona will air the action, which gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 8.
Arizona Coyotes vs. Minnesota Wild Odds
Minnesota (-235) is currently favored over Arizona (+195), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total sit at -125 under, +105 over.
Minnesota is 29-24 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 1.2 units this year. That early-season winning percentage is a slide from what the team recorded during last year’s regular season (49-33). Among its 53 games this season, 28 have gone over the total, while 23 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team’s 18-8 SU at home this season.
The Wild have been able to convert on 21.6 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s good enough for seventh-best in the league. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 16th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.6 percent of all penalties.
As a team, the Wild have been penalized 4.1 times per game overall this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five contests home outings. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 5.9 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, in total.
Sporting a .917 save percentage and 27.2 saves per game, Devan Dubnyk (22 wins, 14 losses, and three OT losses) has been the best option in goal for Minnesota this year. If Minnesota chooses to rest him, however, head coach Bruce Boudreau might turn to Alex Stalock (8-14-14 record, .914 save percentage, 2.77 goals against average).
The Wild will continue to look for leadership via Eric Staal and Mikael Granlund. Staal (48 points) has produced 23 goals and 25 assists and has recorded two or more points on 13 different occasions this year. Granlund has 15 goals and 28 assists to his name and has notched a point in 27 contests.
On the other side of the rink, Arizona is 12-41 straight up (SU) and has lost 25.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 53 regular season matches, 29 of its games have gone under the total, while 23 have gone over and just one has pushed. As the away team so far, the Coyotes are 6-22 SU.
The Coyotes have converted on just 16.1 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s ranked 26th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 20th overall and it’s successfully killed off 79.3 percent of all penalties.
Arizona’s players have been penalized only 3.1 times per game in total this season, 3.6 per game over their last five outings total, and 2.8 per game over their last five games as the visiting team. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays just 6.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Antti Raanta (25.6 saves per game) has been the main option in goal for Arizona. Raanta owns an 8-21-5 record, while registering a .916 save percentage and 2.62 goals against average this year.
Clayton Keller (14 goals, 22 assists) has been one of the most vital playmaking threats for the visiting Coyotes.
Arizona Coyotes vs. Minnesota Wild Betting Predictions
The majority (65.5 percent) of Minnesota’s wins have come by two or more goals, and the team is 19-15 overall in games decided by at least two scores. 4 of Arizona’s 12 wins (33.3 percent) have been decided by two or more goals.
Arizona has scored 2.3 goals per game this season, but has been averaging 1.3 goals per matchup over its four-game losing streak.
The Coyotes are 5-18 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 9-32 in games where they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 minutes, total.
Two of Arizona’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 0-2 in those games and 1-4 overall in shootouts this season.
The total has gone over in four of Minnesota’s last five outings.
Minnesota is ranked 1st this season with just 5.8 giveaways per game. That figure has improved, however, as the team’s averaged 4.7 giveaways over its last 10 games and 4.8 giveaways over its last five.
Arizona is ranked seventh this season with 7.5 giveaways per game. That figure has trended lower lately, however, as it’s averaged 4.9 giveaways over its last 10 games and 5.6 giveaways over its last five.
Arizona skaters have given out the seventh-most hits in the league (24.4 per game).