Los Angeles Kings vs Arizona Coyotes NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/5/21

Los Angeles Kings vs Arizona Coyotes NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/5/21 Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Coyotes (18-15-5) at Los Angeles Kings (14-16-6)

NHL Hockey: Monday, April 5, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Staples Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Kings -109 / Arizona Coyotes -105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Arizona Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings meet Monday in NHL action at the Staples Center.

The Arizona Coyotes look for a win after winning six of their last eight games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Phil Kessel leads Arizona with 15 goals, Clayton Keller has 17 assists and Conor Garland has 99 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 42 goals on 488 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 33 goals on 379 shots.

The Los Angeles Kings need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 22.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Dustin Brown leads Los Angeles with 15 goals, Anze Kopitar has 31 assists and Jeff Carter has 102 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 86.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 46 goals on 428 shots faced and Calvin Petersen has given up 49 goals on 659 shots.

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The Coyotes are 20-42 in their last 62 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 Monday games. The Kings are 24-52 in their last 76 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The over is 6-1 in Coyotes last 7 overall. The under is 8-3 in Kings last 11 overall. The Coyotes are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Los Angeles. The road team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.

The Los Angeles Kings have won two of the three meetings this season and they have the rest advantage here, so I can understand why they're a slight favorite. The Arizona Coyotes are a team I've had trust issues with in the past and playing on the end of a back to back doesn't help matters. However, there's no doubt the Coyotes are playing the better hockey right now and getting them at a slightly cheaper price feels like a steal. Give me the road team for another victory.

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Randy’s Pick Arizona Coyotes -105

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

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