Arizona Coyotes vs. New Jersey Devils - 12/2/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Jersey Devils (14-6-4) at Arizona Coyotes (6-18-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Gila River Arena)
The Line: Arizona Coyotes / New Jersey Devils --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, FSAZ
The New Jersey Devils and Arizona Coyotes meet Saturday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The New Jersey Devils look for a victory here after splitting their last 12 games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23 percent of their power play opportunities. Brian Gibbons leads New Jersey with 11 goals, Taylor Hall has 18 assists and Will Butcher has 25 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 49 goals on 599 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 21 goals on 224 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or less goals in each of their last six games.
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The Arizona Coyotes could use a feel good victory after losing 10 of their last 15 games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with 11 goals, Max Domi has 13 assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 79 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Wedgewood has given up 24 goals on 256 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 29 goals on 338 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
The Devils are 5-1 in their last 6 Saturday games, 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 7-16 in their last 23 vs. a team with a losing record. The Coyotes are 2-10 in their last 12 home games, 2-9 in their last 11 Saturday games and 9-22 in their last 31 games playing on 1 days rest. The Devils are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Arizona, 6-1 in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings.
The New Jersey Devils are coming off a late game Friday night, but they've had recent success on the end of back to backs and are getting the job done defensively as of late. I just can't back the Coyotes, as they find ways to lose games constantly and get killed on the defensive end more times than not. I'm fading Arizona pretty much whenever I can. Give me the Devils on the road.