Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Coyotes vs Penguins Lines
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(9-13-5) Arizona Coyotes vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (18-7-3)
Date: Monday, December 12
Time: 4:00 PM
Venue: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Pittsburgh -275
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Pittsburgh -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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One of the NHL’s worst Arizona heads to Pennsylvania to take on the Penguins, who are on a high-scoring five game win streak.
The Coyotes had lost six straight before finally finding a way to win in a 4-1 effort against the Nashville Predators. Arizona will look to win two in a row for just the third time all year.
Arizona really can’t seem to find a way to generate offense. Considering the cobbled together lines that the team has, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
Arguably the best young player on the Coyotes, left winger Max Domi, was starting to find his form. He had 13 points (5G, 8A), including a goal on December 8th. Unfortunately, that game resulted in a hand injury that has put him on the IR for the foreseeable future while he recovers from surgery.
Captain Shane Doan is clearly starting to show his age. His points total, nine (3G, 6A) on the season has been disappointing considering how good his overall career has been. However, he has been trending upward. He has three points in his last five games.
The Arizona offense kills this team night in and night out. The Coyotes’ 62 goals are third worst in the NHL and the defense hasn’t been much better. The 22nd ranked team in goals allowed has given up 83 so far this year.
If Arizona wants to have any chance at winning, Shane Doan and the Coyotes’ forwards will have to find some way to put the puck in the net.
The Penguins have been on a spectacular five game winning streak, scoring goal after goal and blowing out opposing teams. Pittsburgh has tallied 28 goals during these last five games.
When you look at the NHL points leaders, it’s really no surprise that the Penguins have been so great on the offensive end. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Phil Kessel all rank in the NHL’s top five in total points.
Each of them has at least 30 points, with Sid the Kid heading the Penguins’ pack.
Crosby has netted 20 goals to go along with 11 assists and his 31 total points has him tied with St. Louis’ Vladimir Tarasenko for third place.
Malkin and Kessel have been equally brilliant. Malkin has 12 goals and 18 assists, while Kessel has nine goals and 21 assists.
There’s no mystery behind the fact that Penguins are 3rd in the NHL in goals for. The team would probably have even more wins if it didn’t rank 25th in goals against (84).
As long as Pittsburgh nets a few goals against Arizona, the team should have no problem getting a regulation win against the Coyotes.
NHL Betting Trends:
- The OVER is 5-0 in Pittsburgh’s last five games
- Arizona is 1-6 in its last seven games
Free Arizona Coyotes vs. Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Hockey Prediction:
Arizona really doesn’t have much of a chance if they can’t stop Crosby, Malkin, and Kessel. As long as Pittsburgh doesn’t lie down and goaltender Matt Murray continues playing like a Vezina Trophy candidate, this should be an easy win for the Penguins.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Over 5.5
Pittsburgh is such a high scoring offense that they should be able to put up five goals by themselves. The lackluster defense should allow Arizona to score one or two. This should be an easy over bet.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Arizona 2 – Pittsburgh 5
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