NHL Betting Pick of the Week: Chicago Blackhawks at Arizona Coyotes

The National Hockey League will resume their season this week after celebrating the All Star Game in St. Louis, Missouri. The first few months of the season definitely mattered, but it's not time for teams to start making a push to the postseason. The Chicago Blackhawks will be in Arizona for a matchup with the Coyotes on Friday night in what is our NHL Betting Pick of the Week.

Chicago begins the second half of the season with 54 points, and they are outside of the playoff picture in the Western Conference. The Blackhawks have been making a charge of late, but they need two points in this game. Arizona is also out of the playoff picture with 57 points, but they are in the hunt. The Coyotes have been slipping of late, and will need to be refocused to begin the second half.

Coyotes Don't Give Up Many Goals

The Arizona Coyotes have not allowed a ton of goals this season, but that hasn't been the case of late. Arizona is holding opponents to just over 2.5 goals per game, and they have killed off 82 percent of their own penalties. The Coyotes know that they can't afford to get into a shootout against the Chicago Blackhawks, and they will try to control the puck and win time of possession in this game.

A big problem for the Coyotes this season has been their lack of production on offense. The Coyotes are scoring just 2.7 goals per game, and it's hard to win games with that little amount of production. Former Blackhawk, Nick Schmaltz, leads the team with 28 assists and 35 points, and he will want to put on a show against his former team.

Blackhawks Want to Score

The Chicago Blackhawks have a ton of offensive talent, and they want to score goals in a hurry. Chicago is averaging over 3.0 goals per game this season, and Patrick Kane continues to be one of the best players in the NHL. Kane leads the team with 25 goals and 38 assists, and he is always dangerous with the puck. The Blackhawks have struggled at times on the power-play, but they are great at creating scoring opportunities.

Chicago has allowed close to 3.1 goals per game this season, but they have actually gotten great goaltending. Corey Crawford and Robin Lehner have split time in net, but both goalies have been dominant at times. The Blackhawks have killed off over 82 percent of their penalties, but they give up some great scoring opportunities during 5 on 5 action.

Arizona Gets Huge Win Over Blackhawks

Both of these teams will to pick up two huge points in this game, but both teams have plenty of flaws. Chicago has a dynamic offense, but they need to find a way to be a better team on both ends of the ice. Arizona doesn't do a ton of scoring, but they will get some chances against a shaky Blackhawks defense. The Coyotes will get a late goal to knock off their Western Conference rival.

Bet the Arizona Coyotes over the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL Betting Pick of the Week.