Free NHL Picks Today: Arizona Coyotes vs Chicago Blackhawks 3/18/23

Free NHL Picks Today: Arizona Coyotes vs Chicago Blackhawks 3/18/23
Sat 18th March 2023

The Chicago Blackhawks (24-38-6) are on the road to take on the Arizona Coyotes (26-32-11), who will be looking to add to their winning run, at Mullett Arena on Saturday. Chicago is coming off a 2-1 win over the Predators on Thursday.

The Blackhawks committed only two penalties in the game, holding Nashville without a power play goal. Joey Anderson and Lukas Reichel both scored once for the Blackhawks. Alex Stalock had a great performance with 35 saves (.972%) in the win.

Arizona is wrapping up a four-game homestand after a 3-2 win over the Canucks on Thursday, their third win in a row. Travis Boyd was the leading goal scorer for the Coyotes, netting twice. Ivan Prosvetov was impressive in the win, making 29 saves (.935%).


The Blackhawks have won two of the three games between the teams this season, although the Coyotes were 4-1 victors in their most recent meeting in February.

Nick Schmaltz (1G 1A) and Clayton Keller (0G 2A) each had two points to lead Arizona. Andreas Athanasiou scored Chicago’s only goal. Karel Vejmelka got the win, saving 23 of 24 shots (.958%).


Chicago is averaging 2.51 goals per game for the season, worst in the NHL, and they are taking on a Coyotes team that is allowing 3.46 goals a game (24th).

Meanwhile, Arizona has found the net 2.78 times a game on average, 27th in the league, and the Blackhawks are allowing opponents to score 3.50 goals per game (25th).

Both teams average fewer shots a game than any other team in the league. Chicago ranks No. 31 with 26.5 shots, while Arizona’s 25.8 average ranks 32nd.

When it comes to shot-stopping, the Coyotes have been more successful, stopping .907% of shots as a team (16th), while the Blackhawks have a team save percentage of .903% (17th).

Power play opportunities should be plentiful for the Blackhawks, as the Coyotes have been penalized 4.49 times a game, third-most in the NHL, for an average of 11.00 minutes (seventh-highest). The visitors are averaging 3.54 penalties (24th) and 9.01 penalty minutes a game (14th).

The Blackhawks’ 16.58% power play percentage is the fifth-lowest in the league, while the Coyotes rank 22nd with a conversion rate of 19.70%. When it comes to defending power plays, Chicago has the league’s 21st-ranked PK% at 76.65%, while Arizona is 24th at 76.06%.


Max Domi and Patrick Kane have been the top skaters for the Blackhawks this season with 49 and 45 points. In the net, Petr Mrazek (8-19-3) is Chicago’s top goaltender. He has a 3.63 GAA and a .895% save percentage.

Keller leads the Coyotes in scoring with 72 points. He has 31 goals and 41 assists. Vejmelka (18-19-5) has the best goals against average for Arizona at 3.36. He has a save percentage of .903%.


Chicago is 10-20-3 away from home this season. Arizona has won five in a row at Mullett Arena this season.

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Arizona Coyotes (-150)

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