With Clayton Keller's recent shots on goal surge, betting the over on his 2.5 line is the savvy move for tonight's Seattle Kraken and Arizona Coyotes showdown.
As the Seattle Kraken take on the struggling Arizona Coyotes in a crucial game for their playoff push, one player to watch closely is Coyotes' forward, Clayton Keller. This young phenom has been on fire lately, and if you're looking to make a smart bet in tonight's game, the over on Keller's 2.5 shots on goal (SOG) line is the play.
Keller has been a bright spot in an otherwise dismal season for the Coyotes, currently sitting at a seven-game winless streak. But don't let the team's overall performance deter you from appreciating Keller's individual prowess. With 82 points on the season and five games left, he's within striking distance of Keith Tkachuk's record of 86 points from the 1996-97 campaign for the highest single-season point total since the Coyotes franchise moved to Arizona.
A closer look at Keller's shots on goal numbers reveals an upward trend that makes the over on his 2.5 SOG line even more enticing. So far this season, Keller has averaged 2.65 shots on goal per game, with a higher average of 3.0 SOG at home and a slightly lower 2.31 SOG on the road. In 38 games, he's managed to surpass the 2.5 SOG mark, while falling short in 39 games. But it's the recent surge that really catches the eye.
Over the last 20 games, Keller has been firing on all cylinders, averaging a whopping 3.4 shots on goal per game. What's even more impressive is that he's exceeded the 2.5 SOG mark in 14 of those games, showing a clear uptick in his offensive contributions. This trend continues as we narrow the focus to his last 10 games, where he's averaged an incredible 3.8 SOG per game, surpassing the 2.5 SOG mark in eight of them.
But wait, it gets even better. In his last five games, Keller has maintained his hot streak, averaging 3.6 SOG per game and hitting the over on his 2.5 line in four of those matchups. What does this all mean? It's simple: Clayton Keller is on a roll, and his shot generation is trending upward at just the right time for those looking to cash in on the over.
As the Kraken and Coyotes face off in tonight's contest, Seattle will undoubtedly be focused on limiting shots and keeping the Coyotes at bay. However, with Keller's recent explosion of offensive output, it's not a stretch to believe that he'll continue to pepper the net with shots, giving bettors plenty of reason to ride the wave and take the over on his 2.5 SOG line.
While Seattle's overall team defense has been solid, limiting opponents to fewer shots than most NHL teams, their recent 2-2-1 record in the last five games shows that they can be vulnerable at times. With Coyotes' coach Andre Tourigny expressing his disappointment in the team's lack of emotion and life in their last matchup, one can expect the Coyotes to come out with a renewed sense of determination, and Keller will likely be leading the charge.
Pick #2 - Clayton Keller o2.5 SOG - available on Draftkings @ -115