The Arizona Coyotes, spearheaded by Clayton Keller and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, are ready to take the ice against Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, and the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center in an East-West showdown. Fox Sports Arizona will broadcast the matchup, which gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 21.
Arizona Coyotes at Florida Panthers Odds
Arizona (+115) is currently the underdog to Florida (-135) and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -125 for the over and +105 for the under.
Arizona is 36-37 straight up (SU) and has earned 6.4 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 73 regular season matches, 39 of its games have gone under the total, while 31 have gone over and just three have pushed. As an away team in 2018-19, the Coyotes are 18-18 SU.
Arizona has converted on just 17.0 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is ranked second overall, and it’s successfully killed off 85.4 percent of all penalties..
Averaging 28.3 saves per game with a .920 save percentage, Darcy Kuemper (24-23-6) has been the best option in goal for Arizona this season. If Arizona decides to rest him, however, head coach Rick Tocchet could turn to Antti Raanta (6-6), who has a .906 save percentage and 2.88 goals against average this year.
Florida is 32-41 straight up (SU) and has lost 15.2 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 73 regular season outings, 40 of its games have gone over the total, while 26 have gone under and just seven have pushed. The team’s 18-18 SU at home this year.
The Panthers currently have the second-strongest power-play unit in the NHL, as they’ve found the net on 26.9 percent of their extra-man advantages this year. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 18th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.5 percent of all opponent power plays.
Roberto Luongo (24.7 saves per game) has been the top choice in the crease for the Panthers. Luongo has 15 wins, 22 losses, and five OT losses to his credit and has registered a subpar .897 save percentage and 3.16 goals against average this season.
Arizona Coyotes vs. Florida Panthers Free Picks
Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Panthers, O/U – Over
- The Panthers are 3-6 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Coyotes are 4-1 in shootouts.
- For both of these teams, the over has hit in three of their past five outings.
- Over Arizona’s last ten games, nine of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 6-3 in those games).
- Arizona skaters have accounted for the 10th-most hits in the league (24.3 per game).