A game between two teams currently on losing streaks, the Los Angeles Kings and the Arizona Coyotes take the ice at Gila River Arena. Fox Sports Arizona will air this Pacific Division matchup, which gets underway at 9:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 30.
Los Angeles Kings at Arizona Coyotes Odds
Los Angeles (+155) is playing the role of underdog to Arizona (-175), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -130 for the under and +110 for the over. Lines Courtesy of DraftKings Sports Book.
Losing 2.0 units for moneyline gamblers, the Coyotes are 26-26 straight up (SU) overall this year. That early-season winning percentage is right in line with the 39-43 record the team managed during last year’s regular season campaign. Among its 52 games this season, 23 have gone under the total, while 23 have gone over and just one has pushed. The team is 12-12 SU at home this season.
Arizona’s converted on 20.0 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 10th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.3 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, Arizona has been penalized just 3.1 times per game overall this season, 3.6 per game over its past five outings total, and 3.6 per game over its last five at home. The team has been forced to kill penalties for just 6.4 minutes per game over its last 10 matchups, in total.
Averaging 28.7 saves per game with a .929 save percentage, Darcy Kuemper (15-10-2) has been the best goalkeeper for the Coyotes this season. If they, however, decide to give him the night off, head coach Rick Tocchet might go with Antti Raanta (9-14-14 record, .911 save percentage, 2.99 goals against average).
Taylor Hall and Nick Schmaltz will each spearhead the attack for the Coyotes. Hall (40 points) is up to 13 goals and 27 assists and has recorded two or more points on nine different occasions this year. Schmaltz has seven goals and 30 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 25 games.
Los Angeles has lost 8.9 units for moneyline bettors this year and is currently 18-32 straight up (SU). Through 50 regular season contests, 27 of its games have gone under the total, while 21 have gone over and just two have pushed. Los Angeles’ 7-21 SU as a road team this season.
Los Angeles has converted on just 16.2 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s ranked 26th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 30th overall and it’s successfully defended 73.4 percent of all penalties.
Los Angeles’ skaters have been penalized only 3.2 times per game this season, and 2.0 per game over their last five on the road. The team has had to kill penalties just 4.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jonathan Quick (.896 save percentage and 3.01 goals against average) has been the main option in goal for Los Angeles. Quick is averaging 25.8 saves per game and owns an 11-20-3 record.
For the visiting Kings, the offense will run through Anze Kopitar, who has 26 assists and 17 goals this year.
Los Angeles Kings vs. Arizona Coyotes Betting Predictions
Prediction: SU Winner – Coyotes, O/U – Under
For both of these clubs, the total has gone over in three of their past five matchups.
The Kings are 6-11 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 14-25 in games where they’re in the box for fewer than 10 penalty minutes, total.
Arizona (5-3 in shootouts this season) has significantly more experience in games decided by shootout. Los Angeles is winless in two shootouts this year.
Arizona has averaged 7.8 takeaways per game over its last five home games, an improvement over its season average of 6.7 takeaways per game (ranked 26th in the NHL).
Los Angeles has managed just 1.8 goals per game, while giving up 3.5, over its last four games (0-4 SU over that span).
Los Angeles is ranked 29th in the league this season with 5.4 takeaways per game. That figure has trended upward lately, as it’s created 5.9 takeaways over its last 10 games and 7.4 takeaways over its last five.