Coyotes at Kings - 10/9/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Coyotes (0-0-0) at Los Angeles Kings (0-1-0)
NHL Hockey: Friday, October 9, 2015 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -235 / Arizona Coyotes +210 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ, FSWHD
The Arizona Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings square off Friday night at the STAPLES Center.
The Arizona Coyotes take the ice for the first time and hope to take a step towards their first playoff berth since 2011. Last season, the Coyotes ranked 29th in the league with an average of 2.01 goals scored per game. Oliver Ekman-Larsson returns after leading Arizona with 23 goals, Shane Doan had 22 assists and Mikkel Boedker had 79 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes ranked 28th in the league last season with an average of 3.26 goals allowed per game. Mike Smith and Louis Domingue return as the Coyotes goaltenders. The Arizona Coyotes have lost three of their last five season openers.
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The Los Angeles Kings look to bounce back after getting beat down 5-1 to the San Jose Sharks in their season opener. The LA Kings were certainly hoping to get off to a faster start after missing the playoffs last season. Nick Shore has the Kings’ only goal, Dustin Brown has an assist and Christian Ehrhoff leads Los Angeles with three shots on goal. Defensively, Jonathan Quick has allowed five goals on 32 shots and at least one goal in every period in the season opener. The Los Angeles Kings have split their last eight regular season home games.
The Coyotes are 19-43 in their last 62 road games and 1-6 in their last 7 vs. Pacific. The Kings are 2-9 in their last 11 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Coyotes are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.
Quick can't be any worse than he was in the season opener, and the Coyotes were one of the worst offensive teams in the league last season. I expect better defense from Los Angeles in this contest and the under to hit.