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Los Angeles Kings vs. Arizona Coyotes - 2/16/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona Coyotes (19-29-7) at Los Angeles Kings (28-23-4)
Date & Time Thursday February 16, 2017, 10:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -210 / Arizona Coyotes +188 --- Over/Under: 5
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NHL hockey comes to the Staples Center when the Los Angeles Kings host the Arizona Coyotes.

The Arizona Coyotes were looking good with back to back victories before running in to the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday and walking away with a 5-2 defeat. The Oilers are not only happy with the win but also happy because their offense came to life after scoring just four times in five contests. The balanced Edmonton attack featured goals from Matt Hendricks, Patrick Maroon and Mark Letestu with Oscar Klefbom and Leon Draisaitl also lighting the lamp and logging a pair of assists each to make a winner of Cam Talbot. The Coyotes attack saw Martin Hanzal and Josh Jooris score but Louis Dominigue absorbed the loss with a 33 save effort as Arizona fell to 19-29-7.

The Los Angeles Kings have had a week off to reflect on their 6-3 rout of the Florida Panthers although just scoring was a step forward following consecutive shutouts. The Kings took out their frustrations on the Panthers after a pair of 5-0 defeats to Tampa Bay and Washington. Jeff Carter led the Los Angeles offensive explosion with a pair of tallies and two helpers with Tyler Toffoli, Dwight King, Tanner Pearson and Dustin Brown also finding the back of the net. LAK netminder Peter Budaj picked up the win with a 36 save effort. The Panthers scoring came off the sticks of Jonathan Marchessault, Jussi Jokinen and Aleksander Barkov but James Reimer struggled between the pipes with three goals allowed on eight shots before getting the hook in favor of Roberto Luongo.

The over is 5-0-1 in Coyotes last 6 vs. a team with a winning record and the under is 5-0-1 in Coyotes last 6 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game while the over is 4-0-2 in Coyotes last 6 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 days situation. The under is 2-0-2 in Kings last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest and the Kings are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning % below .400 while the under is 3-0-3 in Kings last 6 vs. Pacific. The over is 3-0-4 in the last 7 meetings and the road team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings while the Coyotes are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.

The over and the road team have been decent choices but we need to factor in the Kings being off for a week so I lean their way but I want to see who is in goal for Arizona…

Los Angeles -.5 // update: over 5

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