The NHL is set up with a great night of action throughout Tuesday night. There will be seven games up on the board throughout March 16. One of these games will be between the Arizona Coyotes and the Minnesota Wild. These two teams have had different starts to the season, but they will both look to earn a win. This game will drop the puck at 8:00 PM Eastern time on ESPN+.
The Coyotes have started out this season with a record of 12-12-4, which has them sitting in sixth place of the West Division. Arizona have lost three games in a row entering this one. The Coyotes have fallen a bit in the standings and will look to turn it around in this one. I expect Arizona to come out quickly on Tuesday night.
Minnesota has put up a record of 17-8-1 to this point in the season, which has them in second place of the West Division. The Wild have won four games in a row and eleven of their last fourteen. Minnesota will look to keep up their strong start with a win in this one. I expect the Wild to try and get going early in this one.
These two teams are sitting on opposite sides of the division to this point in the season. The Wild are fighting for the top of the West, while Arizona is trying to get back into a playoff berth. I expect these two teams to try and come out hot in this one as they look for a win. If either team can set the pace early in this one, it could be enough for a win.
The Coyotes and the Wild have met up four times so far this season. Arizona hosted the first game on March 5. Clayton Keller had a goal on the night, but it would not be enough for the win. Jordan Greenway and Mats Zuccarello each had a goal and an assist. Marcus Foligno and Kirill Kaprizov each had two assists on the night. Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 24 of 25 shots as Minnesota won 5-1.
The second game of the season series stayed in Arizona on March 6. Mathew Dumba and Jordan Greenway gave the Wild an early 2-0 lead, but it was not enough this time. Tyler Pitlick had two goals, while Conor Garland had a goal and an assist. Derick Brassard, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Clayton Keller all had two assists as the Coyotes bounced back with a 5-2 win.
Minnesota hosted the third game of the season on March 12. Arizona was able to keep this game tied at 0-0 through two periods, but they could not keep up. Kirill Kaprizov scored three goals in the third period. Mats Zuccarello finished with three assists on the night as well. Cam Talbot was able to stop all 25 shots he faced to help lead the Wild to a 4-0 win on the night.
The fourth and most recent game of the season series stayed in Minnesota on March 14. Phil Kessel scored the opening goal, but the Coyotes still could not hold on. Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist, while Zach Parise earned two assists. Cam Talbot finished with 21 saves on 22 shots to give the Wild a 4-1 win at home.
Arizona’s power play has been around the league average to this point in the season. The Coyotes have scored on 18 of their 94 power play attempts, which is a 19.2 percent success rate. Arizona’s penalty kill has been a bit stronger. The Coyotes have given up 16 goals on their opponents 97 power play chances, which is an 83.5 percent penalty kill.
The Wild have not found any success on the power play throughout this season. Minnesota has capitalized on 7 of their 83 power play opportunities, which is an 8.4 power play. The Wild have been much stronger on the penalty kill. Minnesota has killed off 77 of the 90 penalties against them, which is an 85.6 percent kill rate.
The Coyotes have the edge on special teams in this one. Arizona’s power play has been much more successful entering this game, while their penalty kill has been solid. The Coyotes will look to give themselves an edge in this one by scoring with the man advantage. If Arizona can get going on the power play, it could help them knock off the Wild.
I expect Antti Raanta to get the start between the pipes for the Coyotes in this one. Raanta has played in 9 games this season, going 4-3-2 in those matchups. He has put up a .912 save percentage and a GAA of 3.36 throughout his starts. Raanta’s last start was against the Wild on Sunday night. He stopped 31 of 34 shots, which was not enough.
Cam Talbot will likely get the nod in the crease for Minnesota on Tuesday night. Talbot has earned a record of 6-4-1 throughout his games played this season. He has posted a save percentage of .916 and a 2.46 GAA. Talbot finished with 21 saves on 22 shots in his last start against Arizona on Sunday night. Talbot will look to keep up his strong season in this one.
These two goalies have been strong throughout this season and will look to give their team the edge in this one. Talbot has dominated the Wild throughout these last two games and will look to keep it up. Raanta is trying to bounce back after a tough loss in his last start. If either goalie can get in a rhythm early in this one, I think they can grab the win.
Minnesota has been the better team throughout this season, but I think that the Coyotes will grab a win on Tuesday night. Arizona has been struggling to get offense going against the Wild, scoring once in the last two games. I think the Coyotes will try to fix that early in this one, which could help lead to a big win. This will likely be Talbot’s third straight start as well, which could help give Arizona the edge.
BetOnline has Minnesota listed as a -188 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Wild will win this game around 65.3 percent of the time. I think that this line is reasonable with how hot Minnesota has been. All streaks come to an end though and I think that the Coyotes will bounce back in this one. I am taking the value on Arizona as road underdogs.