Kings vs. Coyotes - 12/20/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Coyotes (11-16-4) at Los Angeles Kings (16-11-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -210 / Arizona Coyotes +188 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ, FSWHD
The Arizona Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings meet Saturday afternoon at the STAPLES Center.
The Arizona Coyotes have lost five of their last six games and begin a three-game road trip. The Coyotes are averaging 2.3 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Arizona Coyotes have three power play goals in their last four games and have won three of their last five games overall when scoring at least three goals. Mikkel Boedker leads Arizona with nine goals, Antoine Vermette has 13 assists and Shane Doan has 76 shots on goal. Defensively, the Coyotes are allowing 3.2 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in seven of their last eight games. Devan Dubnyk has allowed 27 goals on 346 shots faced and Mike Smith has given up 70 goals on 629 shots.
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The Los Angeles Kings hope to get back on track after losing five of their last seven games. The Kings are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last two games. The Los Angeles Kings have four power play goals in their last two games and have won four of their last five games when scoring at least three goals. Tanner Pearson leads Los Angeles with 11 goals, Tyler Toffoli has 13 assists and Jeff Carter has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the Kings are allowing 2.4 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in six of their last seven games. Martin Jones has allowed 15 goals on 190 shots faced Jonathan Quick has given up 60 goals on 787 shots.
The Coyotes are 8-21 in their last 29 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win. The Kings are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Pacific and 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win. The Coyotes are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles and the home team is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings.
Do you trust the Kings with the way they've been playing the last week or so? Yeah, me neither. Just for the sake of value, the Coyotes have to be the pick here with the Kings struggling.