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Gila River Arena is the site for a Pacific Division clash as the Vancouver Canucks visit Arizona to take on the Coyotes. The match gets underway at 9:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 25, and you can catch it live on Fox Sports Arizona.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Arizona Coyotes Odds

Arizona (-115) is currently favored over Vancouver (-105), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-125 money on the over, +105 on the under).

Vancouver is 23-38 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.8 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 61 regular season contests, 36 of its games have gone over the total, while 25 have gone under and none have pushed. This 2017-18 Canucks team is 12-19 SU on the road.

Vancouver has converted on 21.3 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s good enough for eighth-best in the league. Its penalty kill is ranked 27th in the league, and it has successfully killed off only 76.6 percent of all penalties.

Vancouver, as a collective unit, has been whistled for penalties 3.8 times per game this season, and 2.8 per game over its last five on the road. The team has had to kill penalties just 8.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Averaging 25.8 saves per game with a .908 save percentage, Jacob Markstrom (16-28-5) has been the top option in goal for Vancouver this year. If it decides to rest him, however, Vancouver may go with Anders Nilsson (7-15-2 record, .903 save percentage, 3.48 goals against average).

Brock Boeser and Thomas Vanek will both lead the offensive attack for the visiting Canucks. Boeser has 51 points on 27 goals and 24 assists, and has recorded two or more points 10 times. Vanek has 17 goals and 24 assists to his name (and has registered a point in 28 games).

Arizona is 18-43 straight up (SU) and has lost 20.6 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 31 of its games have gone under the total, while 28 have gone over and just one has pushed. It’s 10-21 SU at home this year.

Arizona has converted on just 16.2 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s ranked 29th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 19th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 79.5 percent of all penalties.

Arizona players have been penalized only 3.2 times per game in total this season, and 4.6 per game over their last five at home. The teams had to kill penalties 11.4 minutes per contest over their last five home games.

Antti Raanta has stopped 26.7 shots per game as the primary choice in goal for Arizona. Raanta has 14 wins, 23 losses, and six overtime losses and has registered a 2.46 goals against average and a .923 save percentage this year.

The Coyotes will be led on offense by Clayton Keller (17 goals, 27 assists).

Vancouver Canucks vs. Arizona Coyotes Betting Predictions

NHL Tip: SU Winner – Coyotes, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • Arizona is 1-5 in games decided by a shootout this season while Vancouver is 0-3 in shootouts.
  • The over has hit in three of Arizona’s last five games.
  • Eight of Vancouver’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 2-6 in those games.
  • The Coyotes this season have recorded the seventh-most hits per game (24.3).