San Jose Sharks at Arizona Coyotes - 3/26/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

San Jose Sharks at Arizona Coyotes - 3/26/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Coyotes (14-14-5) vs San Jose Sharks (13-14-4)

Game Info: Friday, March 26, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Gila River Arena)

Betting Odds: Arizona Coyotes -120 / San Jose Sharks +109 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The San Jose Sharks and the Arizona Coyotes meet in NHL action from the Gila River Arena on Friday night.

The San Jose Sharks will look to build on their 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings last time out. Evander Kane leads the Sharks in scoring with 29 points including team-highs of 14 goals and 15 assists while Logan Couture is sitting on 23 points with 14 goals and 9 assists as well. Kevin Labanc and Timo Meier also have 20 points apiece with both also sitting on double-digit assist tallies this season. As a team, San Jose is averaging 2.7 goals on 29.7 shots with an 18.6% success rate on the PP while allowing 3.4 goals on 32.3 shots per game against with a 79% success rate defending the PK this season.

The Arizona Coyotes will look to build on their 5-4 win over Colorado in their last appearance. Conor Garland leads the Coyotes in scoring with 25 points coming on 9 goals and a team-high 16 assists while Clayton Keller and Phil Kessel each have double-digit goals this season to lead the Coyotes with 10 goals apiece. Jakob Chychrun also has 22 points with 9 goals and 13 assists as well for Arizona this season. As a team, Arizona is averaging 2.4 goals on 25.6 shots per game with an 18.9% success rate on the PP while allowing 3 goals on 31.4 shots against per game with an 84.3% success rate on the PK this season.

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San Jose is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record and 5-13 in their last 18 games as a road underdog while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record. Arizona is 2-6 in their last 8 games overall and 7-19 in their last 26 games following a win while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 home games. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 6-0 in the last 6 meetings between the two in Arizona.

I’d like to think that maybe the defenses show up here, but the reality is that neither one can really be relied on to keep the puck out of the net and that’s been the case when these two teams have played more often than not. I’ll back the over in this spot.

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