Arizona Coyotes vs. Vancouver Canucks - 3/12/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona Coyotes vs. Vancouver Canucks - 3/12/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks (36-27-6) at Arizona Coyotes (33-29-8)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Gila River Arena)

The Line: Arizona Coyotes -140 / Vancouver Canucks +120 --- Over/Under: 5.5

TV: SN-Pacific, FS-Arizona, FS-Arizona+

The Vancouver Canucks and the Arizona Coyotes meet in a Pacific division tilt in NHL action from the Gila River Arena on Thursday night.

The Vancouver Canucks will try to build on their 5-4 shootout win over the New York Islanders in their last outing. Tyler Toffoli led the charge with a goal and an assist while Adam Gaudette, Bo Horvat and Zack MacEwen each had a goal as well in the victory with Alex Edler logging a pair of assists and J.T. Miller putting out an assist and the shootout winner, the lone goal-scorer in six shootout attempts in the win.  Thatcher Demko got the win in goal to improve to 13-10-2 on the year after stopping 45 of 49 shots faced in the winning effort.

The Arizona Coyotes will try to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Winnipeg last time out. Nick Schmaltz led the charge for the Coyotes, accounting for both Arizona goals while Phil Kessel had a pair of assists and Jason Demers and Carl Soderberg each had an assist. Kessel, Soderberg and Taylor Hall each had a team-high 6 shots on goal as well in the defeat. Darcy Kuemper got the loss, falling to 16-11-2 on the year after stopping 3 of 33 shots faced in the losing effort.

Vancouver is 2-5 in their last 7 games overall and 1-6 in their last 7 road games while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record. Arizona is 2-5 in their last 7 division games and 8-17 in their last 25 games overall while the under is 33-16-3 in their last 52 games against a team with a winning record. Vancouver is 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Arizona.

I am really tempted by Vancouver and the plus money, but the problem for the Canucks is that their stellar play at home hasn’t transferred to their efforts on the road and that’s not good against an Arizona team that’s in the playoff hunt themselves and need to keep stringing wins together to keep any sort of playoff hope alive. I’ll lay the juice with Arizona at home here.

Chris’s Pick Arizona -140

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.