Arizona Coyotes at Pittsburgh Penguins Free Preview

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PPG Paints Arena plays host to an enticing showdown as the Arizona Coyotes visit Western PA to meet the Pittsburgh Penguins. The match gets started at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 10, and fans at home can watch this cross-country matchup live on Fox Arizona Plus.

Arizona Coyotes at Pittsburgh Penguins Odds

Arizona (+180) is currently the underdog to Pittsburgh (-215) and the Over/Under (O/U) is placed at an even 6 goals. The odds for betting the total sit at -105 for the over and -115 for the under.

Arizona is 7-7 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 0.4 units this year. Seven of its outings have gone under the total, while six have gone over and just one has pushed. As an away team this season, the Coyotes are 3-4 SU.

Arizona has scored on 17.5 percent of its power play opportunities so far. That mark hasn’t moved too much from last season, when it was ranked 27th in the league by scoring on 16.3 percent of its extra-man opportunities. Its penalty kill has gotten stronger, as the team has gone from successfully defending 79.4 percent of all opponent power plays (ranked 18th overall last year) to 91.1 percent this year.

Arizona, as a collective unit, has been penalized 4.3 times per game this season. Last year, that figure was the fifth-lowest mark in the league at 3.3 penalties per game. After serving an average of 7.8 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays for 9.3 minutes per matchup this season.

Sporting a .929 save percentage and 27.4 saves per game, Antti Raanta (5-4) has been the top option in goal for Arizona this season. If it decides to give him a rest, however, Arizona might turn to Darcy Kuemper (2-3-1 record, .917 save percentage, 2.61 goals against average).

Clayton Keller and Oliver Ekman-Larsson will both lead the way for the visiting Coyotes. Keller has 11 points on five goals and six assists, and has recorded multiple points in two different games. Ekman-Larsson has two goals and eight assists to his nameand has registered a point in six games.

On the other side of the ice, Pittsburgh is 6-8 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 14 regular season contests, seven of its games have gone under the total, while five have gone over and just two have pushed. It’s 2-5 SU as the home team thus far.

Pittsburgh has converted on 23.8 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is also ranked 11th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.8 percent of all penalties.

Pittsburgh players have been called for penalties only 3.5 times per game this season. Last year, that number was at 4.0, the eighth-worst mark in the league. After serving an average of 9.4 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays for 7.8 minutes per matchup this season.

Matt Murray (27.7 saves per game) has been the top selection in goal for Pittsburgh. Murray has four wins, five losses, and one OT loss to his credit and has recorded a mediocre 3.87 goals against average and a poor .886 save percentage this season.

Evgeni Malkin (seven goals, 13 assists) will pace the offensive counter for the Pens.

Arizona Coyotes at Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Predictions

Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Penguins, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in each of Arizona’s last five games.
  • The Coyotes are 0-3 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 2-6 in games where they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 minutes, total.