Gila River Arena is playing host to an enticing showdown as the Minnesota Wild take the ice against the Arizona Coyotes. The game gets going at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 9, and fans at home can catch this Western Conference matchup live on Fox Sports Arizona.
Minnesota Wild at Arizona Coyotes Odds
Arizona (-145) is tabbed as the favorite over Minnesota (+125). If you want to put some action on the matchup’s Over/Under (O/U) total, you’ll be looking at -135 for over 5 goals and +115 for under under..
The Coyotes are 9-7 straight up (SU) and have netted moneyline bettors 1.3 units this year. That winning percentage, the second-best in the Pacific Division in this young season, is a welcome improvement over the 39-43 record from the 2018-19 season campaign. Of the team’s 16 regular season contests, 10 have gone under the total, while five have gone over and just one has pushed. The team’s 4-3 SU at home so far this year.
Arizona’s converted on 17.6 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is rated 21st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.0 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, Arizona has been penalized just 3.4 times per game overall this season, and 4.2 per game over its past five contests. The team has had to kill penalties for just 6.9 minutes per game over its last 10 outings, in total.
With a .937 save percentage and 27.1 saves per game, Darcy Kuemper (7-4) has been the most dependable option in goal for the Coyotes this season. If they choose to give him a breather, however, Arizona could roll with Antti Raanta (2-3-3 record, .912 save percentage, 3.12 goals against average).
Nick Schmaltz and Phil Kessel will both lead the way for the Coyotes. Schmaltz (14 points) is up to four goals and 10 assists and has recorded two or more points three times this year. Kessel has three goals and seven assists to his credit and has notched at least one point in eight games.
On the other bench, Minnesota is 5-11 straight up (SU) and has lost 6.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of nine of its outings have gone over the total, while five have gone under the total and just two have pushed. Minnesota’s 2-9 SU as the away team this season.
Minnesota has converted on 17.3 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 20th overall and it’s successfully killed off 80.4 percent of all opponent power plays.
Minnesota’s players have been penalized 3.9 times per game this season, 4.2 per game over their last five contests total, and 3.8 per game over their last five games as the visiting team. The team has been forced to kill penalties 10.4 minutes per contest over their last five road games.
Devan Dubnyk (23.5 saves per game) has been the primary choice in the net for Minnesota. Dubnyk owns a 2-8-1 record, and has registered a .883 save percentage and 3.64 goals against average this year.
Leading the offensive counter for the visiting Wild will be Eric Staal, who has six goals and eight assists this season.
Minnesota Wild at Arizona Coyotes Betting Predictions
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Coyotes, O/U – Over
- The total has gone under in four of Arizona’s last five games.
- Minnesota skaters recorded 19.5 hits per game last season, while the Coyotes forced 24.7 hits per contest.