Washington Capitals at Arizona Coyotes - 4/22/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Washington Capitals at Arizona Coyotes - 4/22/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Coyotes (22-49-6) vs Washington Capitals (43-23-11)

Game Info: Friday, April 22, 2022 at 10:30 pm (Gila River Arena)

Betting Odds: Arizona Coyotes +280 / Washington Capitals -400 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Arizona Coyotes host the Washington Capitals in Friday NHL Action.

The Washington Capitals come into this road contest with an overall record of 43-23-11. Through 77 games, the Capitals are 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 266 times, good for a rank of 8th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Washington is the 14th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.95 goals per game. So far, the Capitals have a strength of schedule rating of 22nd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 11th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Arizona Coyotes get set to host the Washington Capitals with an overall record of 22-49-6. This mark places them 8th in the Central division. Through 77 games, the Coyotes have scored 189 goals, giving them an average of 2.44. This output gives them a rank of 32nd among NHL teams. On defense, Arizona is the 31st ranked unit, giving up 3.79 goals per contest. So far, the Coyotes have played the 7th 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 32nd in the NHL.

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Through 75 games, the Washington Capitals goal and overall scoring leader is Alex Ovechkin with 90 points. He has reached his mark of 50 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.3%. So far, 32.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has 53 assists to go along with his 24 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +11.0. Washington's top goalie is Ilya Samsonov, who is giving up an average of 2.99 goals per game.

Through 67 games, the Arizona Coyotes' goal and overall scoring leader is Clayton Keller, with 63 points. He has reached his mark of 28 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.8%. So far, 18.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Nick Schmaltz, who has 31 assists to go along with his 23 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +1.0. Arizona's top goalie is Karel Vejmelka, who is giving up an average of 3.67 goals per game. In his 49 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 44 percent of the time.

In Washington's 77 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 45-30-2. So far, taking the over when the Capitals are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 22-16. On the season, 65.0% of Washington's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 53.0% of the scoring coming from the Capitals. In Arizona's 77 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 37-35-5. So far, taking the over when the Coyotes are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 18-17-3. On the season, 57.0% of Arizona's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 40.0% of the scoring coming from the Coyotes. Even though the Capitals are the 11th-ranked scoring team, they are closer to the NHL average in generated scoring opportunites. On the other side, Arizona is likely to struggle against a strong Capitals defense. I recommend taking the under at 6 goals.

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Joe’s Pick Under 6 Goals

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