New Jersey Devils at Arizona Coyotes Matchup

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

Facing each other for the final time this season, the New Jersey Devils and the Arizona Coyotes meet at Gila River Arena in an East-West matchup. Fox Sports Arizona will broadcast the game, and the action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 2.

New Jersey Devils at Arizona Coyotes Odds

New Jersey is 15-10 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 6.8 units this year. 13 of its outings have gone over the total, while 11 have gone under and none have pushed. This 2017-18 Devils team is 9-4 SU on the road. New Jersey has converted on 22.5 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s good enough for ninth-best in the league. Its penalty kill is ranked 15th out of 31 teams, and it’s successfully killed off 80.9 percent of its penalties. The Devils, as a collective unit, have been called for penalties 4.3 times per game overall during the 2017-18 season, and 3.0 per game over its last five on the road. The team has had to kill penalties just 7.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings. Averaging 30.1 saves per game with a .920 save percentage, Cory Schneider (11-8-3) has been the best option in goal for New Jersey this year. Schneider played last night, however, so the team could decide to rest him and roll with Keith Kinkaid instead (5-3-1 record, .906 save percentage, 3.05 goals against average). Taylor Hall and Will Butcher will both look to continue their strong seasons for the visiting Devils. Hall (27 points) has tallied eight goals and 19 assists, and has recorded two or more points seven times. Butcher has two goals and 16 assists to his name, and has logged at least one point in 13 games. Arizona is 6-22 straight up (SU) and has lost 14.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 14 of its games have gone under the total, while 13 have gone over and just one has pushed. This year, the team is 2-9 SU at home. The Coyotes have converted on just 16.8 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s ranked 26th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 16th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.3 percent of all opponent power plays. Arizona players have been sent to the penalty box only 3.2 times per game in total this season, and 2.2 per game over their last five at home. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays just 7.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings. Antti Raanta (23.8 saves per game) has been the top netminder in goal for the Coyotes. Raanta has four wins, nine losses, and two OT losses to his name and has recorded a .914 save percentage and 2.84 goals against average this season. The home team will be led on offense by Clayton Keller (11 goals, 10 assists).

New Jersey Devils vs. Arizona Coyotes Betting Predictions

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

Betting Trends

  • New Jersey is 2-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Arizona is 1-1 in shootouts.
  • The under has hit in four of Arizona’s last five outings.
  • Arizona has averaged 2.4 goals per game overall this season, but is averaging 1.3 goals per matchup on its three-game losing skid.
  • Six of Arizona’s last ten contests have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 1-5 overall in those games.
  • The Coyotes this season have handed the eighth-most hits per game (23.6).