Arizona Coyotes vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 1/12/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Pittsburgh Penguins (27-12-5) at Arizona Coyotes (25-18-4)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Gila River Arena)
The Line: Arizona Coyotes / Pittsburgh Penguins --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Arizona Coyotes meet Sunday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for another win after winning six of their last eight gams. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 20 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 29 assists and Kris Letang has 106 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 71 goals on 683 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 41 goals on 619 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.
The Arizona Coyotes look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 20.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Conor Garland leads Arizona with 14 goals, Nick Schmaltz has 28 assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 103 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 55 goals on 772 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 48 goals on 604 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or more goals in five of their last 10 games.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have won each of the last five meetings against the Coyotes, which includes five straight overall and a 2-0 win back in early December. However, the Pittsburgh Penguins have been lackluster defensively at times and you have to wonder if injuries are starting to catch up to this squad. The Arizona Coyotes can run hot and cold, but they're still a talented young squad that shows you flashes of brilliance and can be very profitable if you pick your spots right. At home, I'll lean toward the Coyotes getting a big victory.