Phoenix Coyotes vs. Los Angeles Kings - 1/28/14
Los Angeles Kings (29-18-6) at Phoenix Coyotes (24-18-10)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Jobing.com Arena)
The Line: Phoenix Coyotes -110 / Los Angeles Kings +100 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Kings play their second game in as many nights as they head to Phoenix to take on the Coyotes who have lost 7 of their last 10 contests.
The Kings continue their road trip in Phoenix on Tuesday night as they battle their Pacific division rivals just a night after playing against the San Jose Sharks. LA has gone on a mini slump (four games heading into Monday’s encounter) that has dropped them out of the Pacific division title race as they now trail the Ducks by 19 points for the division lead and are just a single point up on the Canucks for the automatic playoff bid in the division. Despite their losing ways of late the Kings are built for a Stanley Cup title push and certainly won’t let a four game slide get them down especially at this juncture in this season where every game begins to matter more and more. Since the Kings played last night and Jonathan Quick got the nod we are likely to see Martin Jones in this one and while he started the season off with a very impressive mark he has come back down to Earth over the last few contests. Jones is likely to match up with Mike Smith of the Coyotes.
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Phoenix is a team that has played its way into the contender talk year in and year out over the last two or three seasons but that mystique seems to have escaped them this season as they sit in fifth place in the Pacific and are four points back of the Wild for the last playoff spot in the West. The Coyotes have weaseled their way into the playoffs behind a scrappy roster and strong goaltending and while that remains the game plan for this season they haven’t had as much success and are likely to be on the outside looking in when come April and postseason spots are being determined. However, they have played quite well at home this year and with the Kings playing in a back to back it gives them an opportunity to climb back into the picture but it’ll be a tough out regardless. With that being said the Kings are currently underdogs in this spot and getting value on them against anybody has me leaning in their direction and that doesn’t change here.