Arizona Coyotes at Calgary Flames - 3/25/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Arizona Coyotes at Calgary Flames - 3/25/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames (38-17-8) vs Arizona Coyotes (20-39-4)

Game Info: Friday, March 25, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)

Betting Odds: Calgary Flames -455 / Arizona Coyotes +335 --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Calgary Flames host the Arizona Coyotes in Friday NHL Action.

The Arizona Coyotes come into this road contest with an overall record of 20-39-4. Through 63 games, the Coyotes are 8th in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 164 times, good for a rank of 29th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Arizona is the 27th 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 11th 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 Calgary Flames get set to host the Arizona Coyotes with an overall record of 38-17-8. This mark places them 1st in the Pacific division. Through 63 games, the Flames have scored 218 goals, giving them an average of 3.43. This output gives them a rank of 6th among NHL teams. On defense, Calgary is the 2nd ranked unit, giving up 2.43 goals per contest. So far, the Flames have played the 25th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Calgary's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 2nd in the NHL.

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Through 63 games, the Arizona Coyotes goal and overall scoring leader is Clayton Keller with 62 points. He has reached his mark of 27 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.1%. 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 19 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +9. Arizona's top goalie is Scott Wedgewood, who is giving up an average of 3.16 goals per game.

Coming into this game, the Calgary Flames leader in points is Johnny Gaudreau. In Calgary's 63 games, he has come up with 29 goals and 53 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 14.1%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Elias Lindholm. Of his 31 goals, 26.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +44. Calgary's top goalie is Jacob Markstrom, who is giving up an average of 2.11 goals per game. In his 49 games played, he has turned in 28 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

On the season, the Arizona Coyotes have a per-game scoring differential of -1.02. Things haven't gone any better on the road as they are losing road games by an average of -0.87 goals. As the Arizona Coyotes get set to take on the Flames, they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 2-3. During this stretch, they have scored 16 goals, accounting for 47.0% of the scoring in these contests. On the other side, the Flames are winning games by an average of 1.03 goals per game. Even though Calgary has been struggling on offense of late, look for the Flames to have a big scoring night in a win over the Coyotes.

 

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