Blues vs Coyotes Prediction - NHL Picks 12/2/23

Arizona Coyotes (11-9-2) vs St. Louis Blues (12-9-1)

Game Info: Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 9:00 pm (Mullett Arena)

Betting Odds: Arizona Coyotes -120 / St. Louis Blues +100 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The St. Louis Blues will play the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night at Mullett Arena in Tempe, Arizona. St. Louis has alternated wins and losses over their last five games, while Arizona has won three games in a row. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Blues vs Coyotes prediction.

Blues Preview

The St. Louis Blues are 12-9-1 this season after they defeated Buffalo by a score of 6-4 in their last game. St. Louis blew a 3-0 lead in the first period, but they were able to score three of the final four goals in the game for the win. The Blues were out shot by a total of 46-20 and went 1-2 on the power play in the game. St. Louis lost to Minnesota by a score of 3-1 in the game prior to Buffalo. The Blues are scoring 3.00 goals per game and they are allowing 3.09 goals against per game, while going 10.4% on the power play and 80.4% on the penalty kill. Robert Thomas has led the Blues with eight goals, 15 assists, and 49 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington, who is 7-6-1 this year with a 2.98 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. 

Coyotes Preview

The Arizona Coyotes are 11-9-2 this year after they defeated Colorado in overtime by a score of 4-3 in their last game. Arizona blew a 3-2 lead in the third period, but they were able to get the overtime win in the last minute of overtime. The Coyotes outshot Colorado by a total of 32-31 and went 1-3 on the power play in the game. Arizona has also defeated Tampa Bay and Vegas during this three game winning streak. Arizona is scoring 3.18 goals per game and they are allowing 3.05 goals per game while going 25% on the power play and 79.5% on the penalty kill. Clayton Keller has led Arizona this year with eight goals, 12 assists, and 70 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Arizona is Karel Vejmelka, who is 9-3-0 this season with a 2.52 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. 

Arizona Coyotes Team Facts

  • The Coyotes have lost five of their last six games as favorites following an overtime win.
  • The Coyotes have covered the puck line in each of their last eight Saturday games against the Blues.
  • The Coyotes have lost the first period in five of their last six games as home favorites following an overtime win.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Coyotes' last four games as favorites against Western Conference opponents.

St. Louis Blues Team Facts

  • The Blues have lost four of their last five games against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The favorites have covered the puck line in six of the Blues' last seven games.
  • The favorites have won the first period in six of the Blues' last seven games.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Blues' last seven games.

Arizona Coyotes Player Prop Facts

  • Nick Schmaltz has scored at least one goal in five of the Coyotes' last six games against the Blues.
  • Nick Schmaltz has recorded at least one point in each of the Coyotes' last eight games against the Blues.
  • Janis Jerome Moser has recorded at least one assist in each of the Coyotes' last five games against Central Division opponents.
  • Nick Schmaltz has scored two goals against the Blues this season - equal-most against any opponent.

St. Louis Blues Player Prop Facts

  • Jake Neighbours has recorded at least one point in six of the Blues' last seven games.
  • Jordan Kyrou has recorded an assist in four of the Blues' last five games against Central Division opponents.
  • Brandon Saad has recorded two assists against the Coyotes this season - most against any opponent.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Arizona Coyotes ranks 2nd in the league in penalty minutes this season (304).
  • The Arizona Coyotes are one of only three teams to lose a game when leading by 2 or more goals after Period 1 this season.
  • The St. Louis Blues ranks T1st in the league in short handed goals this season (6).
  • The St. Louis Blues ranks 30th in the league for Period 2 goals allowed per game this season (1.32).

Blues vs Coyotes Betting Prediction 

Arizona comes into this game on a three game winning streak and they will have the home ice advantage in this matchup. The Coyotes have defeated three very good teams during this winning streak, the Avalanche, Lightning, and Golden Knights. St. Louis is 5-6-1 on the road and they are trying to break the trend of alternating wins and losses by getting their second straight win here. Arizona is playing very well right now and I can’t pick against a team that has beaten Colorado, Tampa Bay, and Vegas in three straight games. Take the Coyotes here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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