The Los Angeles Kings and Arizona Coyotes meet Monday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The Los Angeles Kings need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Dustin Brown leads Los Angeles with 17 goals, Anze Kopitar has 35 assists and Adrian Kempe has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 56 goals on 547 shots faced and Calvin Petersen has given up 81 goals on 927 shots.
The Arizona Coyotes need a win after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Phil Kessel leads Arizona with 18 goals, Conor Garland has 22 assists and Jakob Chychrun has 153 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 58 goals on 622 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 38 goals on 401 shots.
The Kings are 23-50 in their last 73 road games and 6-13 in their last 19 overall. The Coyotes are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 3-10 in their last 13 overall. The under is 4-1 in Kings last 5 overall. The over is 6-2 in Coyotes last 8 overall. The Kings are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Arizona. The underdog is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The road team is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
I’m not running to the window to back either of these teams with their losing stretches, but I’m certainly not laying juice in their current form. The Kings and Coyotes have split the six meetings this season and the road team has won four of those matchups. The Coyotes have had recent success in the favorite role, but I’m not laying juice with a team that’s lost 10 of their last 13 games. If forced to pick, give me the Kings and plus money.