The Arizona Coyotes host the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Gila River Arena in our NHL free pick for Sunday. The Coyotes will look to snap a two game losing streak in which they got shutout 4-0 by the Lightning and 3-0 by the Hurricanes. On the other hand, the Penguins will look to terminate their road trip with another win following their successes against the Golden Knights and the Avalanche. Before we get into our NHL free pick for tonight’s match, we would like to remind our readers that our NHL picks are now available for purchase. You can get all of today’s picks for only $5.
Arizona Coyotes vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Sunday, January 12 – 18:00 EST – Gila River Arena
Despite losing their past two games, the Arizona Coyotes are in a good position at the half way mark of the season. They currently sit one point behind divisional leaders Calgary Flames and will look to overlap them with a win tonight. Arizona is also on a three game winning streak at the Gila River Arena. However, they have been inconsistent at home this season as they hold a 11-10-1 record. Offensively, the Coyotes are averaging 3.05 goals per game at home, ranking 20th in the league. Defensively, they are conceding an average of 2.59 per game, ranking 6th in the league. Nick Schmaltz leads the team in points with 35 in 47 games. Adin Hill (1-1-0, GAA: 2.70) is likely to start in goal.
On the other hand, the Pittsburgh Penguins have fought hard in recent games to earn two very important wins. They will now look to return home with a perfect record throughout this road trip. Pittsburgh has won four consecutive matches on the road, and hold a 11-7-2 record on their travels this season. Offensively, the Penguins are averaging 3.50 goals per game on the road, ranking 4th in the league. Defensively, they are conceding an average of 3.05 goals per game, ranking 15th in the league. Evgeni Malkin is the man to watch as Jake Guentzel is out on injury. The Russian forward has 42 points in 31 games. Tristan Jarry (14-6-1, GAA: 2.04) is expected to start in goal.
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