Arizona Coyotes vs. Nashville Predators - 11/3/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nashville Predators (3-5-1) at Arizona Coyotes (3-6-0)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Gila River Arena)
The Line: Arizona Coyotes +101 / Nashville Predators -125 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSM, FSAZ
The Nashville Predators and Arizona Coyotes meet Thursday night in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The Nashville Predators look for back-to-back wins for the first time this season to help climb out of a 3-5-1 hole. The Predators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Viktor Arvidsson leads Nashville with four goals, Roman Josi has four assists and Craig Smith has 21 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 71 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 19 goals on 220 shots faced and Marek Mazanec has allowed seven goals on 36 shots. The Nashville Predators are 1-6 this season when allowing more than one goal scored.
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The Arizona Coyotes also look for back-to-back wins for the first time to dig out of a 3-6 hole. The Coyotes are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 10 percent of their power play opportunities. Oliver Ekman-Larsson leads Arizona with five goals, Brad Richardson has four assists and Radim Vrbata has 21 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.9 goals per game and are killing 74.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Louis Domingue has given up 22 goals on 194 shots faced and Justin Peters has allowed five goals on 58 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed two or more goals in 12 of their last 13 regular season games.
The Predators are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 5-16 in their last 21 road games. The Coyotes are 1-7 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-2 in their last 8 home games. The Predators are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Arizona and 7-1 in the last 8 meetings overall.
Neither one of these teams is playing good hockey and they both have major defensive issues. The Predators can't win when allowing more than one goal and the Coyotes are allowing at least two goals per night. So, in a game where the team with the puck last may win, I'll give the edge to the Coyotes at home based on the value of the slight plus money.