Vegas Golden Knights (29-15-6) vs. Arizona Coyotes (23-22-3)
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Arizona Coyotes 2/8/24 – On Thursday night, in an eye-catching matchup that is certain to pique both NHL fans and premium handicapper reviews alike, the Vegas Golden Knights and Arizona Coyotes will face off in an NHL clash of significant significance. Boasting one of the better win/loss/overtime loss records among both clubs this clash is sure to generate considerable intrigue as both squads shift up in standings throughout regular season play.
The Golden Knights’ offense, led by right wing Mark Stone’s 49 points from 50 games and Jonathan Marchessault’s team-high 25 goals, presents a daunting challenge for any opponent. Maintaining puck possession and creating scoring opportunities will be essential when taking on Arizona Coyotes defense that has shown resilience recently. Using Stone’s playmaking abilities and Marchessault’s finishing ability as offensive weapons to test goaltending and defensive schemes of Coyotes.
However, Arizona Coyotes also bring their own offensive threats, most notably Clayton Keller who has amassed 45 points across 48 games and Lawson Crouse’s 19 goals for their squad. These players’ performance will be vital against a Golden Knights defense which has experienced its own share of issues this season; their ability to exploit any defensive lapses while taking advantage of Keller and Maccelli’s creative play could give the Coyotes an edge against Knights defensive strategies.
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Arizona Coyotes 2/8/24 Game Info
|Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 9:00 PM ET
Goaltender Logan Thompson vs. Goaltender Connor Ingram
Golden Knights goaltender Logan Thompson heads into this matchup with a 16-10-4 record, 2.77 goals against average and .906 save percentage across 31 starts this season. He’s faced a heavy workload, playing nearly 1800 minutes while turning away almost 800 shots. Thompson has held his own considering the shot volume, but has shown some inconsistency in keeping pucks out. He’ll need to be sharp against an Arizona offense that has caught fire of late.
Coyotes netminder Connor Ingram counters with a 17-11-1 record, 2.61 goals against average and .916 save percentage through 32 games played. He’s faced slightly fewer shots than Thompson on the year, but has excelled at stopping what comes his way based on the save percentage metrics. Now Ingram will need to channel that strong play to slow down a skilled Vegas forward group that likes to bombard goalies with shots. If he can withstand and extinguish some of that early pressure, it could allow Arizona to hang around in this contest.
NHL Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
With betting odds yet to be determined for the puckline, moneyline, and total, insights and recommendations are poised on current performance and historical data. The Golden Knights, given their overall record and road performance against the spread, might enter as slight favorites, but the Coyotes’ recent success against the spread cannot be overlooked.
Vegas Golden Knights Betting Trends
The Golden Knights enter this matchup having won three of their last five contests. However, they’ve been less consistent against the spread over that stretch, going 2-3 ATS. For the season, Vegas sits at 12-13 against the spread on the road. The trends also point to Vegas games tendency to go over recently, with the over hitting in two of the their last five and in nine of their previous 25 road matchups.
Arizona Coyotes Betting Trends
The Coyotes ride a hot streak into this game, emerging victorious in three of their previous five. That success has translated to covering the number as well, with Arizona going a stellar 5-0 against the spread over that same sample. Digging deeper, the Coyotes post a superb 13-11 ATS record on home ice for the season. They’ve also seen scoring upticks lately, with totals going over the posted number in four of their last five contests. More broadly, 14 of Arizona’s last 24 games at Mullett Arena have eclipsed the betting total.
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Arizona Coyotes 2/8/24 Betting Picks
Considering the data and trends, this game presents a challenging but exciting betting landscape. The Golden Knights’ offensive prowess, matched with the Coyotes’ recent defensive resilience and scoring ability, sets the stage for a closely contested game.
Given the offensive capabilities of both teams and their goaltenders’ performances, predicting a high-scoring affair seems reasonable. However, with the Coyotes’ recent form against the spread and their home advantage, they might edge out as a compelling pick for those looking at underdog value. For top hockey tips today, attention should also be given to the OVER on total goals, considering both teams’ recent trends towards higher-scoring games.
Free Pick and Prediction: Vegas Golden Knights 3, Arizona Coyotes 4.