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Posted at 12:00 PM EST.
10:30 PM EST. OT included. The Los Angeles Kings cannot be favored in this range over anyone. Here’s a team that is coming off a four-game trip, which included their dad’s coming along for the ride in the last two games of said trip after the break. On their very best day, the Kings are beatable and this is actually a letdown spot after spending the past three or four days with their dads. Aside from that, the blueprint to beat this team is not a difficult one. Los Angeles’ offense is a joke, therefore, if the opposition can score twice or three times, L.A. is in big trouble. Wingers Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli have struggled, as they await the return of their regular center Jeff Carter, who has been sidelined with an ankle tendon injury since October. Pearson has registered four goals in his last 20 games while Toffoli has not scored in nine games. Opponents have increased their focus on shutting down the Kings’ top line featuring center Anze Kopitar and the lack of support from the supporting cast has been a central theme in defeats.
Arizona is coming off a 4-1 loss to the Stars but that is not a bad loss. The ‘Yotes held Dallas to 25 shots on net and even had six PP opportunities but they were forced to use their backup goalie, Scott Wedgewood, as Antti Raanta was involved in a minor car accident about 2½ hours before game time. Raanta could have played but Rick Tocchet erred on the side of caution and went with his backup. The game prior, Arizona outshot Columbus, 39-27 but lost 2-1. The Coyotes have picked up points in seven of their last 10 games including a 5-2 dominating win at St. Louis. The Coyotes are widely regarded as the worst team in the NHL because their record says so but that’s so not true. In fact, Arizona’s 5v5 Score and Venue Adjusted Corsi For % over every team’s last 10 games ranks 11th. That puts them ahead of Dallas, Minnesota, San Jose, Washington, Anaheim and Los Angeles among others. In Corsi Against per 60 during 5-on-5 play over that same span, the ‘Yotes rank 10th. Arizona had a horrid first half because of a lot of intangibles that ganged up on them all at the same time. They have a plethora of young talent and will offer up great profit potential the rest of the year as long as this market continues to play results. Arizona may not win here but the line is stupid and we’re absolutely going with the best of it.
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Arizona +175 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 3.50)