Los Angeles Kings at Arizona Coyotes
|Date & Time||Saturday March 9, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
Gila River Arena
Arizona Coyotes -156 / Los Angeles Kings +133
The Los Angeles Kings and the Arizona Coyotes meet in NHL action from the Gila River Arena on Saturday night.
The Los Angeles Kings will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 4-0 shutout loss to St. Louis in their last outing for their 12th loss in their last 13 games. The game was scoreless through the opening period before St. Louis got on the board in the opening minute of the 2nd period. St. Louis added a pair of goals 1:16 apart in the last two minutes of the 2nd, taking a 3-0 lead into the 3rd period. The Blues added a 4th, sending L.A. home empty handed. Jonathan Quick ended up taking the loss, falling all 4 goals on 32 shots to fall to 12-19-6 in the losing effort.
The Arizona Coyotes will look to build on a solid 2-0 win over the Calgary Flames in their last outing. Clayton Keller opened the scoring for the Coyotes just after the midway point of the opening period and carried that lead through the rest of the 1st and the entire 2nd period before Jakob Chychrun doubled the advantage in the early stages of the 3rd period. The Coyotes would hold on despite being outshot 12-5 in the 3rd period and 30-25 in the game overall, shutting the door the rest of the way for the victory. Darcy Kuemper got the win, improve to 21-15-5 after stopping all 30 shots faced in the winning effort for his 3rd shutout of the season.
Los Angeles is 11-27 in their last 38 road games and 1-12 in their last 13 games overall while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record. Arizona is 7-1 in their last 8 games overall and 6-1 in their last 7 home games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the Western Conference. The home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
These two teams are the epitome of the term heading in two different directions. The Kings looked to have turned a corner, but are back to a slumping hockey team, losing 12 of their last 13 games, while the Coyotes have won 7 of 8 to vault themselves into the thick of the playoff race. The price isn’t that bad when you consider how both teams have been playing lately, and when you add in that Arizona desperately needs this win more, I think you have to lay the juice with the Coyotes in this spot.