Nashville Predators vs. Arizona Coyotes Free Preview 10/17/19

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Filip Forsberg, Matt Duchene, and the Nashville Predators will face off against Clayton Keller, Nick Schmaltz, and the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena in a Western Conference showdown. The match gets started at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 17, and you are able to catch it live on Fox Sports Arizona.

Nashville Predators vs. Arizona Coyotes Odds

Nashville is 4-2 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far. That SU winning percentage, ranked second in the Central Division so far in this young season, is fairly close to what the team posted during last year’s regular season (47-35). Through six regular season matches, Six of its games have gone over the total, while zero have gone under and none have pushed. As the away team this season, the Preds are 1-1 SU.

The Predators have converted on 22.7 percent of their power play opportunities thus far. That’s a good step forward from last year, when they were ranked 31st in the NHL by converting on 12.6 percent of their extra-man chances. Their penalty kill has fallen off noticeably since last year, however, as they’ve gone from successfully defending 82.1 percent of all opponent power plays (ranked sixth overall last year) to 72.2 percent this year..

With a .908 save percentage and 27.3 saves per game, Pekka Rinne (4-0) has been the top option in goal for Nashville this season. If it decides to rest him, however, head coach Peter Laviolette might turn to Juuse Saros (0-2 record, .844 save percentage, 5.10 goals against average).

On the other side of the ice, Arizona is 2-3 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. Four of its games have gone under the total, while zero have gone over and one has pushed. This season, the team’s 1-1 SU at home.

The Coyotes have killed off a remarkable 82.4 percent of all penalties, compared to 85.0 percent in 2018-19 (when they were ranked first in the NHL). They’ve found the net on 18.2 percent of their power plays this year after converting on 16.2 percent (ranked 27th in league) last season.

Darcy Kuemper has denied 31.8 shots per game as the top selection in the crease for the Coyotes. Kuemper has two wins and two losses and has recorded a .955 save percentage and an outstanding 1.52 goals against average this year.

Nashville Predators at Arizona Coyotes Free Picks

Free Pick: SU Winner – Predators, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in four of Arizona’s last five outings.
  • Arizona has yet to lose a game by two more more goals this season.
  • Nashville skaters registered 18.7 hits per game last season, while the Coyotes accounted for 24.7 hits per contest.