Florida Panthers vs. Arizona Coyotes Free Prediction

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

Two squads currently on losing skids, the Florida Panthers and the Arizona Coyotes face off at Gila River Arena in an East-West showdown. The opening face-off takes place at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 19, and it can be caught live on Fox Sports Arizona.

Florida Panthers at Arizona Coyotes Odds

Arizona (-105) is entering this one as the underdog to Florida (-115), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -120 for the under and +100 for the over.

Florida is 12-21 straight up (SU) and has lost 9.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 33 regular season outings, 17 of its games have gone over the total, while 16 have gone under and none have pushed. As the away team this season, the Panthers are 6-12 SU.

Florida has converted on 17.8 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is ranked 22nd overall, and the teams successfully killed off 79.6 percent of all penalties.

The Panthers, as a collective unit, have been called for penalties 4.4 times per game overall this season, and 5.8 per game over its last five on the road. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays 14.6 minutes per contest over their last five road games.

With a .898 save percentage and 27.1 saves per game, James Reimer (6-14-4) has been the best option in goal for Florida this year. If Florida chooses to rest him, however, head coach Bob Boughner might turn to Roberto Luongo (6-9-2), who has a .928 save percentage and 2.62 goals against average this year.

Vincent Trocheck and Jonathan Huberdeau will both be relied on to facilitate things for the visiting Panthers. Trocheck has 33 points on 13 goals and 20 assists, and has recorded two or more points in six different games. Huberdeau has nine goals and 23 assists to his credit, and has notched a point in 20 games.

Over on the other bench, Arizona is 7-28 straight up (SU) and has lost 19.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 19 of its outings have gone under the total, while 15 have gone over and just one has pushed. It’s 3-11 SU at home this year.

The Coyotes have converted on just 15.7 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that places them in the bottom 5 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 13th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.9 percent of all opponent power plays.

Coyotes players have been penalized only 3.3 times per game in total this season, and 4.0 per game over their last five home outings. The teams been forced to kill penalties just 7.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Antti Raanta has stopped 25.9 shots per game as the top choice in goal for the Coyotes. Raanta has four wins, 12 losses, and two OT losses and has recorded a .918 save percentage and 2.80 goals against average this year.

The Coyotes will be led on offense by Clayton Keller (12 goals, 13 assists).

Florida Panthers at Arizona Coyotes Betting Predictions

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

Betting Trends

  • Florida is 2-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Arizona is 1-1 in shootouts.
  • The total has gone under in three of Arizona’s last five outings.
  • Florida has attempted 34.5 shots per contest overall this season (the second-most in the NHL), and 34.4 in its last 10 outings.
  • Arizona has averaged 2.2 goals per game overall this year, but has been averaging 1.2 goals per contest over its six-game losing streak.
  • Seven of Arizona’s last ten outings have been decided by two or more goals, and the team is 1-6 overall in those games.
  • The Coyotes this season have tallied the sixth-most hits per game (23.6).