Arizona Coyotes at Vancouver Canucks Free Pick

A pair of teams that’ve underperformed this season, the Arizona Coyotes and the Vancouver Canucks clash at Rogers Arena in a divisional showdown. This one will get started at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 7 and it can be watched live on Sportsnet ONE.

Arizona Coyotes vs. Vancouver Canucks Odds

Producing 9.2 units for moneyline bettors, Vancouver is 25-41 straight up (SU) overall in the 2017-18 season. That early-season winning percentage hasn’t moved much from what the team managed during last year’s regular season (30-52). Through 66 regular season outings, 39 of the team’s games have gone over the total, while 27 have gone under and none have pushed. The team is 12-21 SU at home this year.

The Canucks have been able to convert on 21.7 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s good enough for eighth-best in the league. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 27th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 77.2 percent of all penalties.

The Canucks, as a collective unit, have been penalized 3.8 times per game overall this season, 4.0 per game over their past five games total, and 4.2 per game over their last five at home. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays for just 8.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, in total.

Boasting a .909 save percentage and 26.0 saves per game, Jacob Markstrom (18-31-7) has been the primary goalkeeper for Vancouver this year. If head coach Travis Green chooses to give him a breather, however, Vancouver might go with Anders Nilsson (7-16-16 record, .902 save percentage, 3.49 goals against average).

Brock Boeser and Daniel Sedin will both be focal points for the Canucks. Boeser (55 points) has produced 29 goals and 26 assists and has recorded multiple points on 11 separate occasions this year. Sedin has 21 goals and 25 assists to his credit and has notched at least one point in 32 games.

On the other bench, Arizona is 20-45 straight up (SU) and has lost 19.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. A total of 34 of its outings have gone under the total, while 30 have gone over and just one has pushed. As the away team, the Coyotes are 8-23 SU.

The Coyotes have converted on just 16.1 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s ranked 28th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 21st overall and it’s successfully killed off 79.4 percent of all penalties.

Arizona’s players have been penalized only 3.3 times per game in total this season, and 4.4 per game over their past ten match ups. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays just 7.6 minutes per game over their last five outings.

Antti Raanta (26.8 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Arizona. Raanta owns a 16-23-6 record, and has registered a .924 save percentage and 2.43 goals against average this year.

Clayton Keller (17 goals, 29 assists) has been one of the top playmaking threats for the visiting Coyotes.

Arizona Coyotes at Vancouver Canucks Betting Predictions

Free Pick: SU Winner – Canucks, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • Arizona is 1-5 in games decided by a shootout this season while Vancouver is 0-3 in shootouts.
  • The over has hit in three of Vancouver’s last five outings.
  • Over Arizona’s last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-2 in those games).
  • Arizona skaters have accounted for the fourth-most hits in the league (24.6 per game).