Arizona Coyotes at San Jose Sharks - 3/20/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Arizona Coyotes at San Jose Sharks - 3/20/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks (26-27-8) vs Arizona Coyotes (20-36-4)

Game Info: Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 7:00 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)

Betting Odds: San Jose Sharks -233 / Arizona Coyotes +186 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The San Jose Sharks host the Arizona Coyotes in Sunday NHL Action.

The Arizona Coyotes come into this road contest with an overall record of 20-36-4. Through 60 games, the Coyotes are 8th in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 159 times, good for a rank of 28th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Arizona is the 26th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.53 goals per game. So far, the Coyotes have a strength of schedule rating of 9th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 30th ranked team in the NHL.

The San Jose Sharks get set to host the Arizona Coyotes with an overall record of 26-27-8. This mark places them 7th in the Pacific division. Through 61 games, the Sharks have scored 159 goals, giving them an average of 2.57. This output gives them a rank of 28th among NHL teams. On defense, San Jose is the 17th ranked unit, giving up 3.13 goals per contest. So far, the Sharks have played the 10th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account San Jose's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 25th in the NHL.

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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.

Through 61 games, San Jose's leading goal scorer is Tomas Hertl. With his 25 goals and 24 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 49. On the season, he is turning 15.2% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Sharks have benefited from the strong play of Timo Meier, who is the team's overall leader in points. In San Jose's 61 games, he has come up with 25 goals on a shooting percentage of 10.4%. However, when on the ice, the Sharks are -1.0 in scoring differential. San Jose's top goalie is James Reimer, who is giving up an average of 2.82 goals per game. In his 36 games played, he has turned in 23 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Coyotes have an over-under record of 29-30-1. However, when playing on the road, the over has fared better, going 15-15. 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. Coming into this game, the Sharks have an over-under record of 24-37. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 14-18. On the season, 39.0% of San Jose's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 45.0% of the scoring coming from the Sharks. With a line set at 6 goals, look for these two teams to combine for a low-scoring game, falling below this number.

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