Phoenix won four consecutive games at home and with their top scorer returning from suspension, they have a good chance of extending that streak over Nashville. The Predators don’t have too many happy memories from Arizona, with their last four visits here ending in defeats.
Odds: William Hill 1.95
The Coyotes are fourth in the Pacific division despite winning 8/13 games and scrapping two points as a result of losing in overtime. Their home record is impressive, with five victories in six games and now that Martin Hazval is fit to play, they will be even more dangerous offensively. Their power-play conversion has been improved and players are more disciplined than in 2012, therefore they serve fewer minutes of suspension. This should help them avoid unnecessary goals, especially if their penalty killing unit keeps performing at the same level they did against the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers.
The Predators won just once in 10 days, an overtime victory over Winnipeg the same team they defeated one week before. Radim Vrbata and Keith Yandle are the two players that the visitors will rely on to defeat Mike Smith, while their own goalkeeping issues need to be resolved. Veteran goaltender Carter Hutton was replaced by Magnus Hellberg, a player that spent most of his career in the minor leagues. He is unlikely to withstand the pressure inflicted by Phoenix in its home games and his backline will need to step up its efforts and prevent the Coyotes from shooting too much.
William Hill has excellent odds for a regulation time victory, with 1.95 being more than enough to warrant a wager on Phoenix to prevail in regulation time. They are in superb form while their opponents struggle defensively, so there is no point in settling for lower odds in exchange of a moneyline safety net.