Los Angeles Kings vs. Arizona Coyotes - 3/29/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Coyotes (27-39-11) at Los Angeles Kings (42-28-7)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -240 / Arizona Coyotes +214 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ+, FSW2
The Arizona Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings meet Thursday in NHL action at the Staples Center.
The Arizona Coyotes look for another victory after winning six of their last 10 games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with 23 goals, Derek Stepan has 40 assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 186 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 80.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Wedgewood has given up 63 goals on 587 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 92 goals on 1,256 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 10 games.
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The Los Angeles Kings look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 12 games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles with 34 goals, Drew Doughty has 46 assists and Dustin Brown has 204 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 84.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 136 goals on 1,761 shots faced and Jack Campbell has allowed nine goals on 123 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or less goals in each of their last seven games.
The Coyotes are 16-36 in their last 52 games playing on 0 days rest, 25-57 in their last 82 vs. Western Conference and 25-71 in their last 96 road games. The Kings are 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games and 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Pacific. The Coyotes are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles, 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the over is 6-2-5 in the last 13 meetings.
The Los Angeles Kings are obviously playing better hockey and are clearl ythe better team. However, the Arizona Coyotes are a young team that's finishing the season strong and has cashed out twice as monster underdogs. We were on the Coyotes when they beat Tampa Bay and Vegas as +200 and over. I'm feeling a bit greedy. Based on the value, you have to take the huge plus money and the hot Coyotes.