Vancouver Canucks at Arizona Coyotes - 4/7/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Arizona Coyotes (22-43-5) vs Vancouver Canucks (32-28-10)
Game Info: Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 10:00 pm (Gila River Arena)
Betting Odds: Arizona Coyotes +260 / Vancouver Canucks -125 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Arizona Coyotes host the Vancouver Canucks in Thursday NHL Action.
The Vancouver Canucks come into this road contest with an overall record of 32-28-10. Through 70 games, the Canucks are 5th in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 198 times, good for a rank of 23rd among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Vancouver is the 10th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.84 goals per game. So far, the Canucks have a strength of schedule rating of 7th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 18th ranked team in the NHL.
The Arizona Coyotes get set to host the Vancouver Canucks with an overall record of 22-43-5. This mark places them 8th in the Central division. Through 70 games, the Coyotes have scored 177 goals, giving them an average of 2.51. This output gives them a rank of 32nd among NHL teams. On defense, Arizona is the 28th ranked unit, giving up 3.57 goals per contest. So far, the Coyotes have played the 9th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Arizona's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 31st in the NHL.
Through 68 games, the Vancouver Canucks goal and overall scoring leader is J.T. Miller with 82 points. He has reached his mark of 29 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.0%. So far, 24.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Quinn Hughes, who has 48 assists to go along with his 5 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +8.0. Vancouver's top goalie is Thatcher Demko, who is giving up an average of 2.69 goals per game. In his 56 games played, he has turned in 30 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
Through 67 games, the Arizona Coyotes' goal and overall scoring leader is Clayton Keller, with 63 points. He has reached his mark of 28 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.8%. So far, 18.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Nick Schmaltz, who has 28 assists to go along with his 21 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +5.0. Arizona's top goalie is Karel Vejmelka, who is giving up an average of 3.4 goals per game. In his 43 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 48 percent of the time.
I expect this to be a low-scoring game, as Arizona comes into this matchup scoring just 10 goals over their last 5 games. I expect these struggles to continue vs a Vancouver squad that leads the NHL in save percentage. Look for this game to fall below the posted betting line of 6 goals.
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