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(19-29-7) Arizona Coyotes vs. Los Angeles Kings (28-23-4)
Date: Thursday February 16th
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Staples Center in Los Angeles, California
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Los Angeles -210
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Los Angeles -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5
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Arizona, coming off a 5-2 loss to Edmonton, will look to bounce back against Los Angeles and get its fifth win in the last seven games.
Los Angeles, coming off a solid 6-3 win over Florida, will look to grab a second win in a row and a sixth win in the last eight games.
Arizona is not a good team by any means, but hasn’t had the worst stretch of games recently. The team is 3-1-1 in the last five games and had a very good shutout performance against the Calgary Flames.
The Coyotes are no danger to anyone in the Pacific Division at this point, as the team sits in 7th place, but it can certainly make things exciting if it starts beating the top few teams in the division.
For the year, Arizona has been poor on both sides of the ice, so it’s hard to expect this recent trend of good play to continue. The Coyotes rank 28th in the NHL in goals scored (131) and 27th in goals against (174).
Offensively, the team has just four players with 10 or more goals on the year, and not one of them has more than 15 goals. Martin Hanzal has been the team’s best scorer, putting up 14 goals and nine assists on the year. His good play on a bad team has him all over the trade deadline rumor front.
Beating a Kings team with good goaltending will not be easy, but it’ll be a guy like Hanzal to open up the scoring in an effort to get a win in Staples Center.
Los Angeles Kings
Defense and goaltending have been the Kings strong points in a season where they weren’t expected to be. After losing Jonathan Quick at the beginning of the year, it was looking like a lost season for Los Angeles.
Fortunately, the Kings found something in backup Peter Budaj.
Budaj has been wonderful in goal this year, posting a record of 26-16-3 with a 2.11 goals against average.
On offense, the team hasn’t been nearly as good. Center Jeff Carter has been the highlight for this team.
Carter has 29 goals and 22 assists, including five goals and two assists over the last five games. He has two multi-goal games in that timeframe as well.
Left wing Tanner Pearson has been a solid scorer, too. He has 16 goals and 13 assists, including a goal and two assists in his last game.
Beyond Pearson and Carter, no player has double-digits in goals, which explains why the team is 25th in the league in goals scored.
NHL Betting Trends:
- The OVER is 3-1-1 in Arizona’s last five games
- Los Angeles is 3-2 SU in the last five games
Free Arizona Coyotes vs. Los Angeles Kings NHL Hockey Prediction:
Peter Budaj in goal has been a pleasant surprise for the Kings and it’s worked out better than expected. He’ll keep Arizona out of the net and help get the Kings a W here.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Los Angeles ATS
The Kings don’t score a lot, but also don’t allow a lot of goals, only about 2.51 per game. Arizona isn’t a great scoring team to begin with and should have trouble against Peter Budaj in goal. Los Angeles ATS is my pick for this one.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Arizona 2 – Los Angeles 4
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