The Arizona Coyotes, led by Clayton Keller and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, are ready to take the ice against Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, and the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena in an East-West tilt. Fox Arizona Plus will showcase the action, which gets going at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, March 18.
Arizona Coyotes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Odds
Arizona (+230) is entering this one as the underdog to Tampa Bay (-270), and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -125 under, +105 over.
Tampa Bay is 55-17 straight-up (SU) and has earned 26.7 units for moneyline bettors this season. That winning percentage, ranked first in the NHL in this young season, is an improvement over the 54-28 record from the 2017-18 season campaign. Through 72 regular season matches, 37 of its games have gone over the total, while 32 have gone under and just three have pushed. The team’s 30-8 SU at home this season.
The Lightning currently have the second-best power-play unit in the NHL, as the team has scored on 28.6 percent of their extra-man advantages this year. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked second overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 85.6 percent of all penalties.
Sporting a .929 save percentage and 30.2 saves per game, Andrei Vasilevskiy (34-12-4) has been the principal goalkeeper for Tampa Bay this season. If the Bolts decide to give him the night off, however, Tampa Bay might roll with Louis Domingue (20-5-5 record, .908 save percentage, 2.88 goals against average).
Arizona has netted 7.4 units for moneyline bettors this season and is currently 36-36 straight up (SU). A total of 38 of its contests have gone under the total, while 31 have gone over and just three have pushed. As the road team, the Coyotes are 18-17 SU.
The Coyotes have converted on 17.2 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked second overall and it’s successfully killed off 85.3 percent of all penalties.
Darcy Kuemper (28.5 saves per game) has been the main option in goal for Arizona. Kuemper has 24 wins, 22 losses, and six OT losses to his credit, while registering a .921 save percentage and 2.49 goals against average this year.
Arizona Coyotes at Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Predictions
NHL Tip: SU Winner – Lightning, O/U – Over
- The Coyotes are 4-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Lightning are 6-1 in shootouts.
- For both of these clubs, the over has hit in three of their past five outings.
- Eight of Arizona’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 6-2 in those games.
- This game features two of the tougher defenses in the league. Arizona skaters have given out the league’s ninth-most hits per game (24.4) while the Bolts have registered the sixth-most (25.4).