Arizona Coyotes vs. New Jersey Devils Matchup Preview 3/23/19

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A couple of teams currently on three-game losing streaks, the Arizona Coyotes and the New Jersey Devils collide at the Prudential Center. The action gets underway at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 23, and you’ll be able to watch this East-West matchup live on Fox Sports Arizona.

Arizona Coyotes at New Jersey Devils Odds

Oddsmakers have not yet posted moneyline or Over/Under odds for this matchup.

Arizona is 36-38 straight up (SU) and has earned 5.4 units for moneyline bettors this season. 39 of its outings have gone under the total, while 32 have gone over and just three have pushed. This 2018-19 Coyotes team is 18-19 SU on the road.

Arizona has converted on just 16.9 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s ranked 23rd in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked third overall, and it has successfully killed off 85.1 percent of its penalties.

For the team as a whole, Arizona has been penalized just 3.3 times per game overall this season, and 2.4 per game over its last five road outings. The team has had to kill penalties just 6.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Averaging 28.1 saves per game with a .920 save percentage, Darcy Kuemper (24-24-6) has been the best option in goal for Arizona this year. If it decides to rest him, however, the team may roll with Antti Raanta (6-6), who has a .906 save percentage and 2.88 goals against average this year.

The visiting Coyotes will be led by Clayton Keller and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Keller (46 points) has tallied 14 goals and 32 assists, and has recorded two or more points in eight different games. Ekman-Larsson has 11 goals and 28 assists to his creditand has notched at least one point in 33 games.

On the other bench, New Jersey is 27-48 straight up (SU) and has lost 17.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 38 of its contests have gone over the total, while 34 have gone under and just three have pushed. It’s 17-20 SU as the home team this season.

New Jersey has converted on 17.3 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked fourth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 84.2 percent of all opponent power plays.

The Devils have been penalized 3.9 times per game this season, and 3.2 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s had to kill penalties just 7.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Keith Kinkaid (25.8 saves per game) has been the top selection in goal for New Jersey. Kinkaid has 16 wins, 25 losses, and six OT losses to his name and has maintained a pedestrian 3.36 goals against average and a poor .891 save percentage this year.

The Devils will be led on offense by Kyle Palmieri (27 goals, 23 assists).

Arizona Coyotes at New Jersey Devils Free Picks

NHL Tip: SU Winner – Devils, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • Two of New Jersey’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 2-4 overall in shootouts this year.
  • New Jersey has averaged 2.7 goals per game overall this year, but has been averaging 0.7 goals per contest in its last three contests (the team is 0-3 SU over that stretch).
  • Seven of New Jersey’s last ten outings have been decided by two or more goals, and the team is 1-6 overall in those games.
  • Arizona skaters have dished out the ninth-most hits in the league (24.4 per game).