A game between two teams that’ve positioned themselves squarely in playoff contention, the Washington Capitals and the Arizona Coyotes take the ice at Gila River Arena. This East-West matchup gets going at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 6, and it can be watched live on Fox Arizona Plus.
Washington Capitals at Arizona Coyotes Odds
Each side currently has an identical -110 moneyline for this one, and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-125 to bet the under, +105 for the over).
Washington is 15-12 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. 15 of its matches have gone over the total, while 10 have gone under and just two have pushed. As a road team this season, the Caps are 7-6 SU.
Washington has converted on 26.4 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is ranked 26th out of 31 teams, and the team’s successfully killed off only 76.2 percent of all penalties.
Washington, as a collective unit, has been whistled for penalties 4.0 times per game overall during the 2018-19 season, 3.8 per game over its last five matchups total, and 3.4 per game over its last five road outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties 8.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Averaging 27.9 saves per game with a .907 save percentage, Braden Holtby (10-10-3) has been the top option in goal for Washington this season. If it chooses to give him a rest, however, Washington may go with Pheonix Copley (6-3-1), who has a .899 save percentage and 3.06 goals against average this year.
The visiting Capitals have relied on Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin heavily this season. Backstrom has 33 points via 10 goals and 23 assists, and has recorded multiple points eight times. Ovechkin has 20 goals and 13 assists to his credit, and has notched at least one point in 20 games.
On the other side of the rink, Arizona is 13-13 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 2.9 units this season. 14 of its contests have gone under the total, while 11 have gone over and just one has pushed. It’s 6-7 SU at home this season.
Arizona has converted on just 15.7 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s ranked 26th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked first overall, and it’s successfully killed off 90.0 percent of all penalties.
The Coyotes have been penalized 4.0 times per game this season, 3.8 per game over their past five contests total, and 3.8 per game over their last five at home. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 8.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Antti Raanta has stopped 26.5 shots per game as the primary choice in the crease for Arizona. Raanta has six wins and six losses to his name and has maintained a pedestrian 2.88 goals against average and a poor .906 save percentage this year.
Clayton Keller (eight goals, 11 assists) will pace the attack for the Coyotes.
Washington Capitals at Arizona Coyotes Betting Predictions
For both of these teams, the total has gone over in three of their last five outings.
Washington has managed 28.2 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Arizona is averaging 33.0 shots per game over its last five home outings.
The Coyotes are 4-7 when the team serves fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 5-9 in games where they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
Arizona is ranked 28th in the NHL with 5.7 takeaways per game. That figure has trended lower recently, however, as it has created 4.2 takeaways over its last 10 games and 3.2 takeaways over its last five.
Washington is ranked 12th in the league this season with 7.9 takeaways per game. That figure has trended down, however, as it has forced 6.0 takeaways over its last 10 games and 4.6 takeaways over its last five.