Pittsburgh Penguins at Arizona Coyotes - 3/19/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Arizona Coyotes (20-36-4) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (37-16-9)
Game Info: Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 5:00 pm (Gila River Arena)
Betting Odds: Arizona Coyotes +197 / Pittsburgh Penguins -250 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Arizona Coyotes host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Saturday NHL Action.
The Pittsburgh Penguins come into this road contest with an overall record of 37-16-9. Through 62 games, the Penguins are 2nd in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 201 times, good for a rank of 11th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Pittsburgh is the 6th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.6 goals per game. So far, the Penguins have a strength of schedule rating of 25th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 7th ranked team in the NHL.
The Arizona Coyotes get set to host the Pittsburgh Penguins with an overall record of 20-36-4. This mark places them 8th in the Central division. Through 60 games, the Coyotes have scored 159 goals, giving them an average of 2.63. This output gives them a rank of 27th among NHL teams. On defense, Arizona is the 26th ranked unit, giving up 3.53 goals per contest. So far, the Coyotes have played the 9th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Arizona's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 29th in the NHL.
Through 56 games, the Pittsburgh Penguins goal and overall scoring leader is Jake Guentzel with 60 points. He has reached his mark of 29 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.8%. So far, 21.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Sidney Crosby, who has 39 assists to go along with his 20 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +11.0. Pittsburgh's top goalie is Tristan Jarry, who is giving up an average of 2.31 goals per game. In his 48 games played, he has turned in 29 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
Through 60 games, the Arizona Coyotes' goal and overall scoring leader is Clayton Keller, with 60 points. He has reached his mark of 26 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.8%. So far, 15.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Nick Schmaltz, who has 24 assists to go along with his 18 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +14. Arizona's top goalie is Scott Wedgewood, who is giving up an average of 3.16 goals per game. In his 25 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 45 percent of the time.
Coming into this game, the Penguins have an over-under record of 30-31-1. When playing on the road, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 12-18-1. On the season, 55.0% of Pittsburgh's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 55% of the scoring coming from the Penguins. Coming into this game, the Coyotes have an over-under record of 29-30-1. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 14-15-1. On the season, 52.0% of Arizona's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 44.0% of the scoring coming from the Coyotes. With a line at 6 goals, I see the Penguins and Coyotes combining to finish below that line. I recommend taking the under.
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