Arizona Coyotes vs. Vegas Golden Knights Free Pick 2/12/19

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Last Updated: 2019-02-12

Two of the league’s best at killing off power plays, the Arizona Coyotes and the Vegas Golden Knights collide at T-Mobile Arena. AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain will air this Pacific Division matchup, which gets underway at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 12.

Arizona Coyotes vs. Vegas Golden Knights Odds

Playing the role of favorite will be Vegas (-240), whereas Arizona is an underdog showing moneyline odds of +200, and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -125 over, +105 under.

Losing 4.5 units for moneyline bettors, Vegas is 31-26 straight up (SU) overall thus far. That winning percentage, ranked 3rd in the Pacific Division in this young season, is a regression from the 51-31 record that the team posted during the 2017-18 season campaign. 28 of the team’s 57 contests have gone under the total, while 25 have gone over and just four have pushed. This year, the team is 16-10 SU at home.

The Golden Knights have converted on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked seventh overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 83.4 percent of all penalties.

As a collective unit, the Golden Knights have been penalized just 3.2 times per game overall this season, 3.2 per game over their past five games total, and 2.6 per game over their last five home outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties for just 6.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, in total.

Boasting a .911 save percentage and 25.4 saves per game, Marc-Andre Fleury (29-20-4) has been the primary option in goal for Vegas this year. If head coach Gerard Gallant decides to rest him, however, Vegas may turn to Malcolm Subban (2-6-6 record, .904 save percentage, 2.95 goals against average).

Alex Tuch and Jonathan Marchessault will each lead the offensive attack for the Golden Knights. Tuch (40 points) is up to 16 goals and 24 assists and has recorded two or more points in 10 different games this year. Marchessault has 19 goals and 20 assists to his credit and has recorded at least one point in 27 games.

Arizona has lost 1.4 units for moneyline bettors thus far and is currently 24-31 straight up (SU). Through 55 regular season matches, 28 of its games have gone under the total, while 24 have gone over and just three have pushed. The Coyotes are 14-15 SU as a road team this season.

The Coyotes have converted on 17.3 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked first overall and it’s successfully killed off 85.1 percent of all penalties.

Arizona’s players have been whistled for penalties 3.5 times per game this season, and 2.9 per game over their past ten games. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays just 5.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Darcy Kuemper (28.1 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Arizona. Kuemper owns a 12-18-5 record, and has registered a .911 save percentage and 2.75 goals against average this year.

For the visiting Coyotes, the offense will be heavily coordinated by Clayton Keller, who has 27 assists and 11 goals this season.

Arizona Coyotes vs. Vegas Golden Knights Betting Predictions

Pick: SU Winner – Golden Knights, O/U – Over

Notes

Betting Notes

Each team is 2-1 in games decided by shootout.

For both of these teams, the game went over the total in three of their past five matchups.

The Golden Knights are 12-9 in games where they attempt at least 10 more shots than their opponent. They’ve averaged the league’s fifth-most shots on goal (33.4) while the Coyotes have attempted the 21st-most (just 33.4).

Five of Vegas’ last ten contests have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 1-4 overall in those games.

This game features two of the more aggressive defenses in the league. Arizona skaters have accounted for the league’s 11th-most hits per game (23.4) while the Golden Knights have handed the third-most (27.1).

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