Arizona Coyotes vs Los Angeles Kings NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/18/21

Arizona Coyotes vs Los Angeles Kings NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/18/21 Photo by Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings (5-6-3) at Arizona Coyotes (7-6-2)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Gila River Arena)

The Line: Arizona Coyotes -162 / Los Angeles Kings +135 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Los Angeles Kings and Arizona Coyotes meet Thursday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.

The Los Angeles Kings need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Dustin Brown leads Los Angeles with seven goals, Anze Kopitar has 14 assists and Jeff Carter has 42 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 84.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 22 goals on 194 shots faced and Calvin Petersen has given up 19 goals on 258 shots.

The Arizona Coyotes look for a win after winning five of their last eight games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Christian Dvorak leads Arizona with seven goals, Conor Garland has eight assists and Jakob Chychrun has 43 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 27 goals on 335 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 11 goals on 112 shots.

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The Kings are 15-40 in their last 55 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Coyotes are 26-53 in their last 79 Thursday games and 2-6 in their last 8 games following a win. The over is 4-1 in Kings last 5 overall. The over is 12-5-1 in Coyotes last 18 overall. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

The Los Angeles Kings just can't get out of their own way and a lot of it has to do with subpar goaltending, and they've been brutal on the road dating back to last year. The Arizona Coyotes have quietly put together a nice stretch over the last week and their offense has improved. I don't like laying these sort of pieces with a hot and cold team like the Coyotes, but this is a game they should win on their home ice.

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Randy’s Pick Arizona Coyotes -162

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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