A basement battle in the Western Conference goes down Tuesday night as the depleted Seattle Kraken take on a young Arizona Coyotes squad. And while both of these squads aren’t going to sniff the post-season and are merely playing out their respective seasons, there are still intriguing betting angles to explore, and money to be made!
For Seattle, the trade deadline was a bit of a purge for this roster, and a look toward the future. They traded away key roster pieces, including captain Mark Giordano. While they still have a good, young core, expect head coach Dave Hakstol to be ready to introduce a lot of new faces into the Seattle lineup on Tuesday night. The Kraken haven’t had the season most thought they would have, and this expansion team has definitely endured some hardships here in 2022. They won their last time out over Detroit by a 4-2 scoreline, and will be looking to build off of that impressive showing.
Arizona meanwhile plays host tonight, and they too haven’t had the season they would have hoped for. Much of their young talent still have not taken that ‘next step’ and they’ll again be without star defender in Jakob Chycrun. Newly signed goalie Karel Vejmelka will be in goal for the ‘Yotes, and the young Czech netminder has been a revelation between the pipes for Arizona. Against a Seattle team coming off of a 42-shot performance, he’ll need to be sharp in goal once again for Arizona to defend home ice.
While these teams might be jostling for the bottom of the standings, and a better chance at a higher draft pick – neither squad is giving up on their year just yet. Both teams continue to play hard, and with a lot of youth throughout both lineups, lots will need to be proven from both Seattle and Arizona. Continue reading on beneath the posted odds for added insight, trends, news, and betting analysis for tonight’s Western Conference basement battle. Enjoy the game, folks!
The Seattle Kraken have acquired six picks via two trades this deadline so far.
They now have 10 picks in this year’s draft and own four of the top 64 selections in each of the next two drafts.
— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) March 20, 2022
Seattle Kraken vs. Arizona Coyotes Live Odds & Betting History
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Seattle Kraken vs. Arizona Coyotes Prediction:
The trade deadline represents big opportunities for rebuilding clubs. Both Seattle and Arizona certainly do fit into that category, though only one franchise took advantage of Monday’s 3PM deadline.
Seattle GM Ron Francis was very active this deadline, moving out key veteran pieces for the future. Many draft picks are coming Seattle’s way, as this expansion club looks to vault up the Western Conference standings in the coming years. Gone are Mason Appleton, Colin Blackwell, Mark Giordano, Calle Jarnkrok, Marcus Johansson, and Jeremy Lauzon, and as a result a sizable void exists within the Kraken’s lineup. In doing that, Seattle’s roster is badly depleted and enters Tuesday night in a state of flux.
Arizona meanwhile didn’t make too many changes at all, with GM Bill Zito holding firm on his prices, and if they weren’t met, he failed to move the asset. Only Johan Larsson was moved out, and much the team’s impressive, but young top-six core remains intact.
When these teams last played, Arizona routed Seattle to the tune of a 5-2 victory back on February 9th. The skill and pace of Arizona’s top line overwhelmed a depleted defensive group, and without Jeremy Lauzon and Mark Giordano on defense, the ‘Yotes should be licking their lips to get behind the Kraken defense.
Expect the Kraken to take a while to find their form, especially with many new line combinations and defensive pairings. They enter Tuesday night 29th in the league in shooting metrics at 5v5, and their defense has faded badly in recent weeks. With terrible goaltending all season from Philip Grubauer, it’s tough to back this Kraken group down the stretch.
Meanwhile, Arizona is showing signs of life with some impressive bursts of offense in recent outings. Though they’re defensively porous, this team has many talented pieces that are tough to contain. Clayton Keller and Nick Schmaltz form a dynamic tandem on their top line, and that duo should dominate their matchups against Seattle on Tuesday. With Vejmelka in goal, the ‘Yotes also hold a decisive advantage between the pipes.
Arizona Coyotes in March:
• Are tied with Calgary and Florida for the most wins (5).
• Lead the NHL with 5.17 goals per game.
• Have Nick Schmaltz leading the NHL with 16 points (6-10-16) this month.#Yotes
— Arizona Coyotes PR (@AZCoyotesPR) March 15, 2022
Kraken vs. Coyotes Trends To Know:
- Kraken are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest.
- Kraken are 0-4 in their last 4 Tuesday games.
- Kraken are 3-13 in their last 16 games following a win.
- Coyotes are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Coyotes are 4-1 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Over is 4-0 in Kraken last 4 vs. Central.
- Over is 4-0 in Coyotes last 4 in the third game of a 3-in-4 days situation.
Expect a dominant showing from a much healthier and consistent Coyotes team on Tuesday night. Though neither team is fighting for the playoffs, the fact that Arizona kept many pieces will allow for added familiarity against a disjointed Kraken side mixing in a fair bit of AHLers into their lineup. Arizona is playing excellent hockey right now, and head coach Andre Tourigny has clearly gotten this team motivated until the end of the season. As short home favourites, back the ‘Yotes to get the job done in this basement battle on Tuesday night!