Free NHL Picks Today: Edmonton Oilers vs Arizona Coyotes 3/22/23

Free NHL Picks Today: Edmonton Oilers vs Arizona Coyotes 3/22/23
Wed 22nd March 2023

The Edmonton Oilers (-435) will be looking to build on their winning streak when they play host to the Arizona Coyotes (+335) at Rogers Place on Wednesday.

The total is 7 (O: -105, U: -115)Arizona (27-33-11) is playing the second of a back-to-back after suffering a 2-1 loss against the Jets yesterday, their fourth consecutive defeat away from home.

The Coyotes committed six penalties in the game, though they held Winnipeg without a power play goal. Barrett Hayton was the only player to find the net for the Coyotes.

Karel Vejmelka saved 23 of 25 shots in the loss. Edmonton (40-23-8) won for the fourth game in a row, beating the Sharks 5-4 (OT) on Monday. Mattias Ekholm scored twice to lead the Oilers. Jack Campbell surrendered four goals on 32 shots (.875%).


The Oilers won the first meeting between the teams this season, an 8-2 victory in December, their fourth straight win against Arizona. Connor McDavid led Edmonton with four points (2G 2A). Christian Fischer led Arizona with two points (0G 2A). Stuart Skinner got the win despite allowing two goals on 18 shots (.888%).


Arizona is averaging 2.77 goals per game for the season, 27th in the NHL, and they are taking on an Oilers team that is allowing 3.31 goals a game (22nd).

Meanwhile, Edmonton has found the net 3.93 times a game on average, first in the league, and the Coyotes are allowing opponents to score 3.42 goals per game (24th).

Arizona averages fewer shots (25.8) than any other team in the league, though the team’s 10.9% shooting percentage ranks seventh. Edmonton’s average of 33.3 attempts ranks sixth.

Power play opportunities should be plentiful for the Oilers, as the Coyotes are averaging 4.52 penalties per game, third-most in the NHL.

The visitors’ 11.07 penalty minutes a game ranks seventh-highest. The home team has been penalized 4.01 times a game (11th) for an average of 8.99 minutes (13th).

The Oilers’ 31.56% power play percentage is the best in the league, while the Coyotes rank 24th with a conversion rate of 19.14%. When it comes to defending power plays, Arizona has the league’s 20th-ranked PK% at 76.67%, while Edmonton is 24th at 76.11%.


With 76 points this season, Clayton Keller is the top skater for the Coyotes. He has 32 goals and 44 assists in 71 games. In the net, Vejmelka (18-20-5) is Arizona’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 3.33 GAA and a .904% save percentage.

McDavid leads the Oilers and the league in scoring with 136 points. His 58 goals and 78 assists in 71 games are both league bests. Skinner (22-14-4) has the best goals against average for Edmonton at 2.90. He has a save percentage of .911%.


Arizona is 7-22-8 on the road this season. Edmonton has won five in a row at Rogers Place this season. Meanwhile, the Coyotes are 3-6 without a day off and 0-5 playing with a rest disadvantage. The Oilers are 4-3 with a rest advantage.

SportsTips’ NHL Pick:

Edmonton Oilers -2.5 (-105)

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