Columbus Blue Jackets at Arizona Coyotes Game Preview 11/7/19

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The Columbus Blue Jackets, led by Pierre-Luc Dubois and Seth Jones, are ready to take the ice against Nick Schmaltz, Phil Kessel, and the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena in an East-West tilt. The opening face-off takes place at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 7, and fans at home will be able to catch it live on Fox Arizona Plus.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Arizona Coyotes Odds

The Coyotes (-165) are tabbed as the favorites over the Blue Jackets (+145) and the Over/Under (O/U) is placed at 6 goals (-110 over, -110 under).

Arizona is 9-6 straight up (SU) and has earned 2.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. That winning percentage, ranked fifth in the NHL in this young season, is a welcome improvement over the 39-43 record from the 2018-19 season campaign. Of the team’s 15 regular season outings, nine have gone under the total, while five have gone over and just one has pushed. The team is 4-2 SU at home this year.

The Coyotes have converted on 18.8 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 18th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.4 percent of all penalties.

Averaging 26.8 saves per game with a .940 save percentage, Darcy Kuemper (7-3) has been the primary goalkeeper for Arizona this year. If Arizona decides to give him a breather, however, head coach Rick Tocchet may go with Antti Raanta (2-3-3 record, .912 save percentage, 3.12 goals against average).

Columbus has lost 4.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year and is currently 5-10 straight up (SU). Through 15 regular season outings, nine of its games have gone under the total, while six have gone over and none have pushed. As a road team , the Blue Jackets are 2-4 SU.

The Blue Jackets have converted on just 12.5 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that places them in the bottom-five overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 24th overall and it’s successfully defended 76.1 percent of all opponent power plays.

Joonas Korpisalo (3.14 goals against average and .892 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Columbus. Korpisalo is averaging 24.8 saves per game and has five wins, seven losses, and one OT loss to his credit.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Arizona Coyotes Free Picks

Free Pick: SU Winner – Coyotes, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • After going 4-3 in games decided by a shootout last season, the Coyotes are off to a 1-0 start in shootouts this year. The Blue Jackets were 2-1 in shootouts last year and has yet to participate in one this time around.
  • The total has gone under in four of Arizona’s last five outings.
  • Over Arizona’s last ten outings, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-2 in those games).
  • Columbus skaters registered 23.0 hits per game last season, while the Coyotes forced 24.7 hits per contest.