Arizona Coyotes at Vegas Golden Knights - 4/9/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Arizona Coyotes at Vegas Golden Knights - 4/9/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Vegas Golden Knights (39-29-4) vs Arizona Coyotes (22-44-5)

Game Info: Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 10:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)

Betting Odds: Vegas Golden Knights -351 / Arizona Coyotes +260 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Vegas Golden Knights host the Arizona Coyotes in Saturday NHL Action.

The Arizona Coyotes come into this road contest with an overall record of 22-44-5. Through 71 games, the Coyotes are 8th in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 178 times, good for a rank of 32nd among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Arizona is the 28th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.59 goals per game. So far, the Coyotes have a strength of schedule rating of 9th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 31st ranked team in the NHL.

The Vegas Golden Knights get set to host the Arizona Coyotes with an overall record of 39-29-4. This mark places them 4th in the Pacific division. Through 72 games, the Golden Knights have scored 228 goals, giving them an average of 3.11. This output gives them a rank of 14th among NHL teams. On defense, Vegas is the 16th ranked unit, giving up 2.97 goals per contest. So far, the Golden Knights have played the 16th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Vegas's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 15th in the NHL.

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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 22 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.

Through 66 games, the Vegas Golden Knights' goal and overall scoring leader is Jonathan Marchessault, with 58 points. He has reached his mark of 28 goals, on a shooting percentage of 12.3%. So far, 18.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Chandler Stephenson, who has 38 assists to go along with his 17 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +2. Vegas' top goalie is Robin Lehner, who is giving up an average of 2.81 goals per game. In his 40 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 45 percent of the time.

Coming into this game, the Coyotes have an over-under record of 31-35-5. When playing on the road, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 16-18-2. On the season, 54.0% of Arizona's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 42.0% of the scoring coming from the CoyotesIn Vegas's 72 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 39-30-3. So far, taking the over when the Golden Knights are playing at home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 22-13-2. On the season, 58.0% of Vegas's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 52.0% of the scoring coming from the Golden Knights. With an over-under line set at 6 goals, I expect this to be a high-scoring contest, as the Golden Knights are in line for a big scoring night vs a struggling Coyotes defense.

 

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