A couple of teams facing each other for the third time this season, the Vancouver Canucks and the Arizona Coyotes collide at Gila River Arena. This Pacific Division matchup will get going at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 12, and it is being shown live on Sportsnet Pacific.
Vancouver Canucks at Arizona Coyotes Odds
Arizona comes into the matchup as the favorite with a moneyline of -130. The line for Vancouver now stands at +110, and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -110 for the over and -110 for the under.
Vancouver is 36-33 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 1.4 units this year. Through 69 regular season contests, 39 of its games have gone over the total, while 27 have gone under and just three have pushed. The Nucks are 14-20 SU as the road team in 2019-20.
Vancouver has converted on 23.6 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is ranked 16th in the league, and it’s successfully killed off 80.5 percent of its penalties.
For the team as a whole, Vancouver has been penalized 3.8 times per game during the 2019-20 season, and 2.9 per game over its past ten outings. The team’s been forced to defend opponent power plays just 6.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Sporting 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 season. If Vancouver decides to rest him, however, they may turn to Thatcher Demko (14-13-2), who has a .905 save percentage and 3.06 goals against average this year.
J.T. Miller and Elias Pettersson will both be relied on to facilitate things for the visiting Canucks. Miller has 72 points on 27 goals and 45 assists, and has recorded two or more points 20 times. Pettersson has 27 goals and 39 assists to his nameand has registered a point in 41 games.
Arizona is 33-37 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.2 units for moneyline bettors this year. 38 of its matches have gone under the total, while 30 have gone over and just two have pushed. It’s 17-16 SU as the home team this year.
Arizona has converted on 19.2 percent of its power play opportunities this season, 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.
Arizona players have been penalized only 3.1 times per game this season, and 2.2 per game over their last five home outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 5.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Antti Raanta (28.3 saves per game) has been the primary option in the crease for Arizona. Raanta has 15 wins, 18 losses, and three overtime losses to his credit and has recorded a mediocre 2.63 goals against average and a .921 save percentage this year.
Taylor Hall (16 goals, 36 assists) will pace the attack for the Coyotes.
Vancouver Canucks at Arizona Coyotes Betting Predictions
Prediction: SU Winner – Canucks, O/U – Over
Two of Vancouver’s last ten games have gone to a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 4-3 overall in shootouts this season.
For both of these teams, the over has hit in three of their last five matchups.
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 notched 21.9 hits per game last season, while the Coyotes posted 24.7 hits per matchup.