Arizona Coyotes vs. New York Rangers Matchup Preview

Victor TrejosHockey, NHL

The Arizona Coyotes, led by Clayton Keller and Nick Schmaltz, are ready to take the ice against Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, and the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in an East-West matchup. Fox Sports Arizona will air the matchup, which gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, December 14.

Arizona Coyotes vs. New York Rangers Odds

Oddsmakers have not yet posted moneyline or Over/Under odds for this matchup.

New York is 14-16 straight-up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 1.9 units this season. That win percentage, ranked third in the Metropolitan Division so far this season, isn’t too far off from to what the team posted during the 2017-18 season (34-48). Out of its 30 regular season matches, 16 of them have gone under the total, while 14 have gone over and none have pushed. The team is 10-5 SU at home this year.

The Rangers have converted on 18.6 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 28th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 75.8 percent of all penalties.

Averaging 30.3 saves per game with a .916 save percentage, Henrik Lundqvist (10 wins, 13 losses, and three OT losses) has been the best goalkeeper for the Broadway Blueshirts this season. If the Broadway Blueshirts decide to give him a breather, however, New York could roll with Alexandar Georgiev (4-4-4 record, .899 save percentage, 3.37 goals against average).

Arizona has lost 0.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year and is currently 13-17 straight up (SU). Through 30 regular season matches, 14 of its games have gone over the total, while another 14 have gone under the total and just one has pushed. As a road team this season, the Coyotes are 7-8 SU.

The Coyotes have converted on just 16.7 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked first overall and it’s successfully defended 90.7 percent of all opponent power plays.

Darcy Kuemper (27.8 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Arizona. Kuemper has four wins, nine losses, and two OT losses to his credit, while registering a .909 save percentage and 2.85 goals against average this year.

Arizona Coyotes at New York Rangers Betting Predictions

NHL Prediction: SU Winner \u2013 Coyotes, O/U \u2013 Over

Betting Trends

  • 42.9 percent of New York’s wins have come by two or more goals (the team is 6-10 overall in such games) while 61.5 percent of Arizona’s wins have come by two goals or more (8-11 overall in such games).
  • The Coyotes are 4-9 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 5-13 in games where they serve fewer than 10 penalty minutes, in total.
  • New York (5-1 in shootouts this season) has more experience in games decided by shootout. Arizona emerged victorious in its lone shootout this season.
  • For both of these clubs, the over has hit in four of their past five outings.
  • Arizona skaters have averaged 6.6 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 7.7 giveaways per game (the sixth-fewest in the NHL).
  • New York skaters have averaged 19.2 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 12.8 giveaways per game (ranked 29th in the NHL).
  • The Rangers this season have tallied the seventh-most hits in the NHL (25.4 per game), but that number has risen to 30.0 over their past five home games.