Two of the least-penalized teams in the league, the Arizona Coyotes and the Carolina Hurricanes clash at PNC Arena in an East-West tilt. The action will get started at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 22 and it’ll be showcased live on Fox Sports Arizona.
Arizona Coyotes vs. Carolina Hurricanes Odds
Arizona (+155) is entering this one as the underdog to Carolina (-175) and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).
The Hurricanes are 31-42 straight up (SU) and have lost 17.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is right in line with the 36-46 record the team managed during the 2016-17 season campaign. Out of its 73 regular season outings, 38 of them have gone under the total, while 33 have gone over and just two have pushed. The team’s 16-21 SU at home this year.
Carolina’s converted on 19.6 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 24th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 77.6 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, Carolina has been penalized just 2.8 times per game overall this season, 2.8 per game over its last five contests total, and 2.4 per game over its last five at home. The team’s had to defend opponent power plays for just 5.2 minutes per game over its last 10 matchups, overall.
Averaging 24.8 saves per game with a .904 save percentage, Cam Ward (19 wins, 19 losses, and four OT losses) has been the top goalkeeper for the Hurricanes this year. If they choose to give him a rest, however, it could go with Scott Darling (12-27-27 record, .885 save percentage, 3.19 goals against average).
The Canes will continue to look for leadership from Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen. Aho (59 points) is up to 26 goals and 33 assists and has recorded multiple points 14 times this year. Teravainen has 22 goals and 37 assists to his name and has notched a point in 38 contests.
Arizona is 25-48 straight up (SU) and has lost 17.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of 38 of its matches have gone under the total, while 33 have gone over and just one has pushed. As the visiting team, Arizona is 10-24 SU.
Arizona has converted on just 16.4 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that places it in the bottom-five overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 15th overall and it’s successfully defended 80.5 percent of all opponent power plays.
Arizona’s skaters have been called for penalties only 3.4 times per game this season, and 4.8 per game over their last five road outings. The team’s been forced to defend opponent power plays 12.2 minutes per game over their last five road outings.
Antti Raanta (.926 save percentage and 2.37 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Arizona. Raanta is averaging 27.3 saves per game and owns an 18-24-6 record.
Clayton Keller (20 goals, 35 assists) has been one of the top playmaking threats for the visiting Coyotes.
Arizona Coyotes at Carolina Hurricanes Free Picks
Free Pick: SU Winner – Hurricanes, O/U – Over
- The over has hit in each of Carolina’s last five games.
- The Hurricanes have averaged the league’s fifth-most shots on goal (34.2) while the Coyotes have attempted just the 30th-most (34.2).
- The extra-man advantage could play a critical role in tonight’s game. The Coyotes are 10-20 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 17-34 in games where they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
- The Hurricanes are 16-25 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 25-35 in games where their penalty minutes are in the single digits. Carolina is 3-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while Arizona is 2-5 in shootouts.
- Carolina has averaged 16.2 takeaways per game over its last five home games, an improvement over its season average of 11.2 takeaways per game (ranked 1st in the league).
- Arizona is ranked 31st in the NHL this season with 5.2 takeaways per game. That figure has trended upward recently, as the team has averaged 6.2 takeaways over its last 10 games and 7.0 takeaways over its last five.