Arizona Coyotes at Boston Bruins - 3/12/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Arizona Coyotes at Boston Bruins - 3/12/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins (35-18-5) vs Arizona Coyotes (18-35-4)

Game Info: Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Bruins -250 / Arizona Coyotes +550 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Boston Bruins host the Arizona Coyotes in Saturday NHL Action.

The Arizona Coyotes come into this road contest with an overall record of 18-35-4. Through 57 games, the Coyotes are 8th in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 146 times, good for a rank of 29th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Arizona is the 26th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.56 goals per game. So far, the Coyotes have a strength of schedule rating of 4th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 31st ranked team in the NHL.

The Boston Bruins get set to host the Arizona Coyotes with an overall record of 35-18-5. This mark places them 4th in the Atlantic division. Through 58 games, the Bruins have scored 177 goals, giving them an average of 3.02. This output gives them a rank of 15th among NHL teams. On defense, Boston is the 8th ranked unit, giving up 2.69 goals per contest. So far, the Bruins have played the 27th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Boston's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 13th in the NHL.

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Through 57 games, the Arizona Coyotes goal and overall scoring leader is Clayton Keller with 55 points. He has reached his mark of 24 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.2%. So far, 12.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Nick Schmaltz, who has 22 assists to go along with his 16 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +10. Arizona's top goalie is Scott Wedgewood, who is giving up an average of 3.17 goals per game.

Through 58 games, the Boston Bruins' goal and overall scoring leader is David Pastrnak, with 60 points. He has reached his mark of 33 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.2%. So far, 39.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Brad Marchand, who has 34 assists to go along with his 23 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +5. Boston's top goalie is Linus Ullmark, who is giving up an average of 2.81 goals per game. In his 29 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 43% percent of the time.

On the season, the Bruins are covering the spread in less than half their games, with an ATS record of just 22-36. Despite playing at home, they have covered just 6 of their 29 home games. On the season, the Boston Bruins have a per-game scoring differential of 0.33. Heading into their game with the Arizona Coyotes, the Bruins have a 3-2 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 19 goals, accounting for 54.0% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 3.02 goals per game 3 times. Look for Boston to pick up another win as they should have no problem having a big scoring night vs Arizona.

 

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