Arizona Coyotes vs. Nashville Predators - 3/15/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nashville Predators (45-14-10) at Arizona Coyotes (23-35-11)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 10:00 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 meet Thursday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The Nashville Predators look to keep the puck rolling after winning 11 of their last 12 games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Viktor Arvidsson leads Nashville with 26 goals, P.K. Subban has 35 assists and Filip Forsberg has 144 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 82.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 114 goals on 1,606 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 46 goals on 609 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or less goals in each of their last seven games.
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The Arizona Coyotes also hope to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 15 games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 16.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with 19 goals, Derek Stepan has 32 assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 166 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Wedgewood has given up 63 goals on 587 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 86 goals on 1,130 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
The Predators are 6-0 in their last 6 road games, 7-1 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 40-17 in their last 57 overall. The Coyotes are 4-0 in their last 4 home games, 16-37 in their last 53 Thursday games and 23-47 in their last 70 overall. The Predators are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Arizona, 9-4 in the last 13 meetings and the home team is 39-17-1 in the last 57 meetings.
We've made some nice money backing the Arizona Coyotes during this winning stretch, and it's tempting to back them again on their home ice. However, it's nearly impossible to fade the hottest team in the league, the Nashville Predators, who have won six straight on the road and have lost just five games overall since the start of February. I'm riding the hot hand until it cools off.