Arizona Coyotes vs. Ottawa Senators Game Preview

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Two teams facing each other for the first time this season, the Arizona Coyotes and the Ottawa Senators collide at Canadian Tire Centre for a cross-continent showdown. The puck drops at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 18, and you will be able to catch it live on TVA Sports.

Arizona Coyotes vs. Ottawa Senators Odds

Arizona (+160) is entering this one as the underdog to Ottawa (-185). The Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals and originally opened at -110 for the over and -110 for the under. Those odds have moved since they opened, and they now sit at -115 for the over, -105 for the under. Producing 3.4 units for moneyline bettors, the Senators are 8-9 straight up (SU) overall this year. That early-season winning percentage is a regression from the 44-38 record that the team posted during last year’s regular season campaign. Among its 17 games this season, 11 have gone over the total, while six have gone under and none have pushed. The teams 4-8 SU at home this year. Ottawa’s converted on 19.7 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 20th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 79.6 percent of all penalties. Ottawa, as a collective unit, has been penalized just 3.8 times per game overall this season, and 4.8 per game over its last five matchups home outings. The team has been forced to defend opposition power plays for just 8.7 minutes per game over its last 10 matchups, in total. Averaging 24.4 saves per game with a .898 save percentage, Craig Anderson (7-7-3) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Senators this year. If they decide to give him a rest, however, the team may turn to Mike Condon (2-3-3 record, .906 save percentage, 3.02 goals against average). Mark Stone and Erik Karlsson will both lead the charge for the Senators. Stone (19 points) has tallied 12 goals and seven assists and has recorded two or more points on eight different occasions this year. Karlsson has one goal and 16 assists to his name and has notched a point in nine games. On the other side of the ice, Arizona is 3-18 straight up (SU) and has lost 14.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of 12 of its games have gone over the total, while eight have gone under and just one has pushed. Arizona’s 2-11 SU as the visiting team this season. Arizona has converted on just 15.3 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that places it in the bottom-five overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 25th overall and it’s successfully killed off 78.0 percent of all penalties. Arizona’s skaters have been whistled for penalties only 3.5 times per game in total this season, and 5.6 per game over their last five road outings. The team has had to defend opponent power plays 8.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings. Antti Raanta (.903 save percentage and 3.27 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Arizona. Raanta is averaging 24.3 saves per game and has two wins, eight losses, and two overtime losses to his credit. Leading the offensive counter for the visiting Coyotes will be Clayton Keller (11 goals, seven assists) and Christian Dvorak (three goals, nine assists).

Arizona Coyotes vs. Ottawa Senators Betting Picks

Predictions: SU Winner – Senators, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • The total has gone over in three of Ottawa’s last five games.
  • The Coyotes are 2-10 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 2-14 when they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
  • Two of Ottawa’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 0-2 in those games and 1-4 overall in shootouts this season.
  • Ottawa has created 8.8 takeaways per game over its last five home games, a slight drop from its season average of 8.1 takeaways per game (ranked 14th in the league).
  • Arizona is ranked 31st in the NHL this season with 4.9 takeaways per game. That figure has trended lower recently, however, as it has created 4.4 takeaways over its last 10 games and 4.2 takeaways over its last five.