Arizona Coyotes vs. Los Angeles Kings - 12/1/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Kings (12-9-1) at Arizona Coyotes (8-10-3)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Gila River Arena)
The Line: Arizona Coyotes / Los Angeles Kings --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSWHD, FSAZ
The Los Angeles Kings and Arizona Coyotes meet late Thursday night in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The Los Angeles Kings look for a bounce back victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Kings are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 12.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Carter leads Los Angeles with 10 goals, Tanner Pearson has four assists and Alec Martinez has 49 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Peter Budaj has given up 38 goals on 457 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has allowed 10 goals on 80 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have lost six straight games when allowing more than two goals.
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The Arizona Coyotes could also use a feel good victory after losing six of their last nine games. The Coyotes are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 11.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Radim Vrbata leads Arizona with seven goals, Jordan Martinook has five assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 48 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Louis Domingue has given up 37 goals on 378 shots faced and Mike Smith has allowed 19 goals on 264 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed two or less goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Kings are 11-5 in their last 16 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games. The Coyotes are 23-58 in their last 81 vs. a team with a winning record and 8-17 in their last 25 overall. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 2-0-3 in the last 5 meetings.
Even though the Kings did play last night and are coming off a tough home loss to the San Jose Sharks, they're still in far better form than the Arizona Coyotes and have actually done well playing on the end of a back-to-back. Also, the road team has had a ton of success when the Coyotes and Kings meet up. I have to side with Los Angeles on the road as more of a fade from Arizona.