The Chicago Blackhawks and Arizona Coyotes meet Saturday in NHL action at the Mullett Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Taylor Raddysh leads Chicago with 20 goals, Seth Jones has 21 assists and Andreas Athanasiou has 129 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 76.4 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Petr Mrazek has given up 113 goals on 1,080 shots faced, and Arvid Soderblom has allowed 48 goals on 453 shots.
The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with 31 goals, Matias Maccell has 32 assists and Barrett Hayton has 152 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 76.1 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Karel Vejmelka has given up 145 goals on 1,499 shots faced, and Connor Ingram has allowed 82 goals on 897 shots.
The Blackhawks are 17-37 in their last 54 road games and 20-42 in their last 62 overall. The Coyotes are 5-0 in their last 5 home games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The over is 5-2 in Coyotes last 7 home games. The Blackhawks are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Arizona. The favorite is 16-7 in the last 23 meetings. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Neither of these teams have anything to play for right now, but the Coyotes have put together their best week of the season, and they've done their best recent work at home. The Chicago Blackhawks have been in tank mode for a while, and they're dreadful on the road. We're laying a reasonable price with the team in better form at home. Give me the Coyotes.