Coyotes vs. Predators - 1/9/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nashville Predators (19-15-7) at Arizona Coyotes (20-16-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Gila River Arena)
The Line: Arizona Coyotes / Nashville Predators --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSM, FSAZ
The Nashville Predators and Arizona Coyotes square off Saturday night at the Gila River Arena.
The Nashville Predators could use a victory after losing five of their last seven games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19.7 percent of their power plays. James Neal leads Nashville with 15 goals, Roman Josi has 21 assists and Shea Weber has 97 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 76.3 percent of their power play chances. Pekka Rinne has allowed 83 goals on 897 shots faced and Carter Hutton has given up 15 goals on 143 shots. Rinne has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
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The Arizona Coyotes look to keep rolling after winning six of their last nine games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.6 percent of their power plays. Shane Doan leads Arizona with 15 goals, Mikkel Boedker has 19 assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.3 percent of their power play chances. Mike Smith has allowed 59 goals on 598 shots faced and Anders Lindback has given up 39 goals on 364 shots. Smith has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
The Predators are 17-35 in their last 52 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-6 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The Coyotes are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record and 14-37 in their last 51 Saturday games. The Predators are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Arizona and 6-0 in the last 6 meetings overall.
The Coyotes are on a bit of a hot streak here and catch the Predators at home on the end of a back-to-back. With the way Arizona is playing right now, you have to like the home team.