Nashville Predators vs. Arizona Coyotes Betting Preview

Victor TrejosHockey, NHL

The Nashville Predators, spearheaded by Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg, are set to take the ice against Clayton Keller, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena in a Western Conference matchup. Fox Sports Arizona will showcase the matchup, and the action gets underway at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 15.

Nashville Predators vs. Arizona Coyotes Odds

The Predators (-140) are favored over the Coyotes (+120) and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -120 over, +100 under.

Nashville is 13-5 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 5.4 units this season. Nine of its contests have gone under the total, while eight have gone over and just one has pushed. As a road team in 2018-19, the Preds are 8-2 SU.

Nashville has converted on just 13.0 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s ranked 31st in the NHL. Its penalty kill is ranked 21st overall, and the team’s successfully killed off 78.0 percent of its penalties..

Averaging 28.0 saves per game with a .951 save percentage, Pekka Rinne (7-2-1) has been the best option in goal for Nashville this year. If head coach Peter Laviolette chooses to rest him, however, the team may turn to Juuse Saros (7-3 record, .903 save percentage, 2.94 goals against average).

Arizona is 8-9 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 0.1 units this year. Through 17 regular season outings, nine of its games have gone under the total, while seven have gone over and just one has pushed. It’s 4-3 SU as the home team this year.

The Coyotes have converted on just 16.4 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 23rd in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked second overall, and it’s successfully killed off 90.6 percent of all opponent power plays.

Darcy Kuemper has stopped 27.6 shots per game as the primary choice in goal for the Coyotes. Kuemper has three wins, five losses, and one OT loss and has recorded a mediocre 3.00 goals against average and a fairly-weak .906 save percentage this year.

Nashville Predators at Arizona Coyotes Betting Predictions

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

Betting Notes

  • Eight of Arizona’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 5-3 overall in those games.
  • Power-play opportunities could prove to be critical in the outcome of this game. The Predators are 6-1 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 10-3 in games where they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes. The Coyotes are 1-5 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 3-7 in games where total penalty minutes are in the single digits.
  • For both of these clubs, the over has hit in three of their last five matchups.
  • Nashville skaters have averaged 7.6 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 8.9 giveaways per game (ranked 13th in the NHL).
  • Arizona has averaged 7.4 giveaways over its last five home games, its season average of 6.7 giveaways per game (the 4th-fewest in the NHL).