Arizona Coyotes at Carolina Hurricanes Matchup 12/16/18

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The Arizona Coyotes, led by Clayton Keller and Nick Schmaltz, are set to take the ice against Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen, and the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena in an East-West tilt. The game will get started at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 16 and it is being televised live on Fox Sports Arizona.

Arizona Coyotes at Carolina Hurricanes Odds

Arizona is 14-17 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 15 of its contests have gone under the total, while 14 have gone over and just one has pushed. As the road team this season, the Coyotes are 8-8 SU.

Arizona has converted on 16.8 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is ranked second overall, and it has successfully killed off a whopping 88.2 percent of all penalties..

Averaging 27.8 saves per game with a .909 save percentage, Darcy Kuemper (4-9-2) has been the best option in goal for Arizona this season. If head coach Rick Tocchet chooses to rest him, however, the team might go with Antti Raanta (6-6 record, .906 save percentage, 2.88 goals against average).

Carolina is 13-18 straight up (SU) and has lost 10.2 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 31 regular season matches, 20 of its games have gone under the total, while 10 have gone over and none have pushed. It’s 7-9 SU at home this year.

The Hurricanes have converted on just 17.8 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 14th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.6 percent of all opponent power plays.

Curtis McElhinney has stopped 27.0 shots per game as the primary choice in the crease for the Hurricanes. McElhinney has seven wins, four losses, and one overtime loss and has maintained a 2.36 goals against average and a .920 save percentage this year.

Arizona Coyotes vs. Carolina Hurricanes Betting Predictions

NHL Prediction: SU Winner – Hurricanes, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • Arizona has managed 27.6 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Carolina has been attempting 35.0 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • Six of Arizona’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 2-4 in those games.
  • The Hurricanes this season have handed out the fifth-most hits per game in the NHL (26.9), but the club has averaged 31.0 over their last five games as the home team.