Arizona Coyotes vs. Vegas Golden Knights Game Preview

T-Mobile Arena will play host to a divisional showdown as the Arizona Coyotes face off against the Vegas Golden Knights. This one will get started at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 28 and it can be seen live on Fox Arizona Plus.

Arizona Coyotes vs. Vegas Golden Knights Odds

With a moneyline of -265, Vegas comes into the matchup as the substantial favorite. The line for Arizona sits at +225 and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals (-120 money on the over, +100 on the under).

Vegas is 48-28 straight up (SU) and has netted 17.5 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 76 regular season contests, 38 of its games have gone over the total, while 36 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team is 27-11 SU at home this season.

The Golden Knights have converted on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s good enough for seventh-best in the league. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 10th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.8 percent of all penalties.

As a collective unit, the Golden Knights have been penalized just 3.2 times per game overall this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five at home. The teams had to defend opponent power plays for just 6.4 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, in total.

Boasting a .931 save percentage and 28.0 saves per game, Marc-Andre Fleury (28-15-4) has been the best option in goal for Vegas this season. If the Knights decide to give him a rest, however, the team could turn to Malcolm Subban (13-5-5 record, .917 save percentage, 2.51 goals against average).

Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson will both lead the way for the Golden Knights. Marchessault (72 points) has tallied 25 goals and 47 assists and has recorded two or more points 20 times this year. Karlsson has 40 goals and 29 assists to his name and has notched a point in 47 contests.

Arizona is 26-50 straight up (SU) and has lost 16.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. Through 76 regular season outings, 40 of its games have gone under the total, while 35 have gone over and just one has pushed. The Coyotes are 11-26 SU as an away team this season.

The Coyotes have converted on just 17.1 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 17th overall and it’s successfully defended 80.2 percent of all opponent power plays.

Arizona’s skaters have been penalized only 3.4 times per game this season, and 4.4 per game over their last five road outings. The teams had to kill penalties just 7.6 minutes per game over their last five outings.

Antti Raanta (2.34 goals against average and .927 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Arizona. Raanta is averaging 27.1 saves per game and has 19 wins, 24 losses, and six OT losses to his credit.

Clayton Keller (23 goals, 38 assists) has been one of the most vital playmakers on offense for the visiting Coyotes.

Arizona Coyotes vs. Vegas Golden Knights Free Picks

Pick: SU Winner – Golden Knights, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • A majority (60.4 percent) of Vegas wins have come by two or more goals, and the team is 29-14 overall in such games. 11 of Arizona’s 26 wins (42.3 percent) have been decided by two or more goals.
  • The extra-man advantage could be critical tonight. The Coyotes are 11-21 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 18-35 when they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 total minutes. The Golden Knights are 18-11 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 37-18 when total penalty minutes are in the single digits.
  • Two of Vegas last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 3-3 overall in shootouts this year.
  • Vegas might have an advantage if this one comes down to the wire. The teams 19-14 in games decided by one goal, while Arizona is 15-21 in such games.
  • The total has gone under in each of Vegas last five outings.
  • Vegas has averaged 11.6 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 9.4 giveaways per game (ranked 16th in the NHL).
  • Arizona skaters have averaged 7.3 giveaways per game (ranked fifth in the league).
  • Arizona skaters have given out the leagues fifth-most hits per game (24.2), but that numbers down to just 20.0 hits over their last five away games.