A pair of teams that’ve positioned themselves squarely in the playoff hunt, the Arizona Coyotes and the Vancouver Canucks take the ice at Rogers Arena. The puck drops at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 16, and fans at home can see this divisional matchup live on Sportsnet Pacific.
Arizona Coyotes vs. Vancouver Canucks Odds
Playing the role of favorite will be Vancouver (-135), while Arizona is a dog showing moneyline odds of +115,, and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -115 money on the over and -105 for the under.
Arizona is 26-23 straight up (SU) and has earned 0.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. 26 of its outings have gone under the total, while 22 have gone over and just one has pushed. As the away team in 2019-20, the Coyotes are 14-11 SU.
Arizona has converted on 20.1 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 10th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.5 percent of all penalties.
The Coyotes, as a collective unit, have been penalized just 3.1 times per game in the 2019-20 season, 3.2 per game over its last five outings total, and 2.6 per game over its last five road outings. The team has had to kill penalties just 7.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Boasting a .929 save percentage and 28.7 saves per game, Darcy Kuemper (15-10-2) has been the top option in goal for Arizona this season. If Arizona decides to rest him, however, head coach Rick Tocchet could roll with Antti Raanta (9-12-2), who has a .919 save percentage and 2.72 goals against average this year.
Taylor Hall and Nick Schmaltz will both be relied on to facilitate things for the visiting Coyotes. Hall (38 points) has tallied 12 goals and 26 assists, and has recorded two or more points eight times. Schmaltz has seven goals and 28 assists to his name (and has logged a point in 25 games).
Over on the other bench, Vancouver is 25-22 straight up (SU) and has earned 3.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 47 regular season contests, 24 of its games have gone over the total, while 20 have gone under and just three have pushed. It’s 14-8 SU at home this year.
The Canucks have converted on 22.9 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 18th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.3 percent of all opponent power plays.
Canucks players have been penalized 3.8 times per game this season, 4.2 per game over their past five games total, and 3.6 per game over their last five home outings. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 8.2 minutes per game over their last five home outings.
Jacob Markstrom has stopped 29.0 shots per game as the primary selection in the crease for the Canucks. Markstrom has 17 wins, 16 losses, and three OT losses to his credit and has maintained a mediocre 2.77 goals against average and a .914 save percentage this year.
The Nucks will be led on offense by Elias Pettersson (21 goals, 27 assists).
Arizona Coyotes vs. Vancouver Canucks Free Picks
Pick: SU Winner – Canucks, O/U – Over
Over Vancouver’s last ten outings, eight of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-3 in those games).
The Canucks are 8-6 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Coyotes are 11-5 SU when they spend more time in the box than their opponent.
Vancouver is 3-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Arizona is 5-3 in shootouts.
The total has gone over in three of the last five matches for both teams.
Arizona has averaged 4.6 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 8.8 giveaways per game (the eighth-fewest in the league).
Vancouver is ranked 3rd this season with just 7.9 giveaways per game. That figure has improved, however, as the team’s averaged 5.8 giveaways over its last 10 games and 3.8 giveaways over its last five.