Free NHL Picks Today: Arizona Coyotes vs Toronto Maple Leafs 12/29/22

Free NHL Picks Today: Arizona Coyotes vs Toronto Maple Leafs 12/29/22
Thu 29th December 2022

The Toronto Maple Leafs (22-7-6) will be looking to extend their winning run when they head to face the Arizona Coyotes (12-16-5) at Mullett Arena on Thursday. Toronto is coming off a high-scoring 5-4 overtime win over the Blues on Tuesday, their third consecutive win.

The Maple Leafs committed four penalties in the game, conceding one power play goal. Five players found the net for the Maple Leafs. Calle Jarnkrok scored and provided two assists to lead the team in scoring. Ilya Samsonov saved only 30 of 34 shots (.882%) in the win.Arizona beat the Avalanche 6-3 on Tuesday.

Six players found the net for the Coyotes. Lawson Crouse scored and provided two assists to share the scoring lead with Jakob Chychrun, who had three assists. Connor Ingram only stopped 28 of 31 shots (.903%).


The Coyotes won the first meeting between the teams this season, a 4-2 victory in October, their third straight win against Toronto. Shayne Gostisbehere, Nick Ritchie, and Christian Fischer each had two points (1G 1A) to lead Arizona. William Nylander and Mitchell Marner were on the scoresheet for Toronto. Karel Vejmelka got the win, saving 26 of 28 shots (.928%).


Toronto is averaging 3.31 goals per game for the season, 10th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Coyotes team that is allowing 3.58 goals a game (26th). Meanwhile, Arizona has found the net 2.79 times a game on average, 26th in the league, and the Maple Leafs are holding opponents to 2.46 goals per game (2nd).

Arizona averages fewer shots a game (24.6) than any other team in the league, though the team’s 11.4% shooting percentage ranks fourth. With an average of 31.9 attempts, Toronto ranks 14th.

Look for multiple power play opportunities for the Maple Leafs, as the Coyotes have been penalized 4.97 times a game, second-most in the NHL, for an average of 11.36 minutes (fifth-highest).

The visitors are averaging 3.74 penalties (21st) and 8.20 penalty minutes a game (24th). The Maple Leafs’ 23.42% power play percentage ranks 12th in the league, while the Coyotes are 23rd with a conversion rate of 19.30%. When it comes to penalty killing, Toronto has the league’s 13th-ranked PK% at 80.56%, while Arizona is 23rd at 75.19%.


With 41 and 40 points this season, Marner and Nylander have been the top skaters for the Maple Leafs. Nylander is among the league leaders with his 21 goals (9th), while Marner is among the league leaders with his 28 assists (10th).

In the net, Samsonov (10-3-0) is Toronto’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.07 GAA, third-best in the league, and a .924% save percentage.Clayton Keller leads the Coyotes in scoring with 33 points.

He has 13 goals and 20 assists. Vejmelka (10-9-4) is the top goalie for Arizona with a goals against average of 3.09. He has a save percentage of .910%.


Toronto is 9-5-3 away from home this season. Arizona is 6-3-2 at home this season.

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