The Los Angeles Kings will host the Arizona Coyotes in a West Division battle on Saturday night. The Coyotes continue to stumble and are coming off a home loss to the Wild. The Kings are looking to keep their dim playoff hopes alive. L.A. leads the season series 3-2.
Coyotes Scoring Woes Resume
The Arizona Coyotes are looking to avoid a third straight loss. It’s been a terrible string of games for this young Coyotes team, losing seven out of their last eight games overall including a 4-1 home loss to the Wild on Wednesday night. The good news is they still hold a one-point cushion for the final playoff spot in the division.
Phil Kessel has not been threatening recently and has just one point in his last three games. The veteran sniper has fared well against L.A. this season, collecting four points in the five meetings and leads the team with 35 points. Clayton Keller is part of the reason Arizona is having trouble scoring goals. The 22-year old winger only has four points this month and 32 on the year. Keller has recorded two points against the Kings this season. Conor Garland did not play in the loss to the Wild and is questionable with a knee injury.
"We deserved a better fate but it's a game of results."— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) April 22, 2021
Hjalmarsson, Hunt, and Coach Tocchet sound off after tonight's game: pic.twitter.com/sxBFyH0qhf
The Coyotes will likely have Darcy Kuemper in the crease in this one. The veteran goaltender hasn’t played to his potential in his last few games but overall he is an outstanding goalie and features a 2.50 GAA and a .908 save % accompanied by an 8-9-2 record. Arizona is scoring an average of 2.6 goals, landing them 23rd in the league. They are allowing an average of 3.1 goals, placing them 22nd overall.
Kings Playoff Hopes Fading
The Los Angeles Kings are still in contention for the last playoff spot in the West, however, they have three teams they need to catapult past and stand five points out. L.A. has not been able to put any significant winning streaks together due to a lack of goals. They have fared well against the Coyotes and beat them 4-3 in the previous meeting on April 7th.
Anze Kopitar continues to produce, netting four points in his last five games entering Friday’s action. The veteran center has registered five assists in five games against the Coyotes this season and leads the team with 44 points. Drew Doughty has earned five points on the month. The veteran defensemen is still a good player and logs close to 25 minutes in most games. Doughty has 32 points along with a -4 rating. Adrian Kempe has been productive against the Coyotes this season, amassing four points in five clashes, and has 24 points on the year.
The Kings are giving equal playing time to young netminder Calvin Petersen and veteran goalie Jonathan Quick. Petersen owns the better stats, filing a 2.67 GAA and a 920 save %, while Quick enters with a 3.07 GAA and an .890 save %. L.A. is only averaging 2.7 goals, landing them at 22nd in the NHL. They are conceding an average of three goals, placing them 19th.
The Arizona Coyotes are:
- 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games.
- 7-1 in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record.
- 4-1 in their last 5 road games against a team with a home winning % below .400.
The Los Angeles Kings are:
- 2-5 in their last 7 home games.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Coyotes are well-rested while the Kings are playing their second game in as many nights. Los Angeles continues to have issues scoring, netting two or fewer goals in seven out of their last ten games overall.
Furthermore, the Coyotes have won two out of the last three meetings against the Kings this season. This is a must-win for the Coyotes as they currently hold the final playoff spot in the division. Darcy Kuemper is expected to be in net and features a stellar 2.39 GAA and a .920 save % in his career against the Kings.
Full-Game Total Pick
This should be another defensive clash between two of the lowest-scoring teams in the entire NHL. The Kings especially have trouble on home ice where they have scored two or fewer goals in six out of their last eight games overall and this is a tough matchup up against a solid goalie in Darcy Kuemper.
In addition, the Coyotes’ offensive production has been a problem as well, scoring two or fewer goals in five out of six clashes overall, plus they have only averaged three goals against L.A. this season.
Full-Game Prop Bet
The under on the Kings team total is a solid play. The Kings don’t score many goals and they will also be tired after playing Friday night. Arizona is a much better team with Darcy Kuemper in net and as mentioned he features outstanding career numbers against this Kings team. Arizona has only allowed seven goals in their three games played in Los Angeles this season.
Half-Time Prop Prediction
I am taking the Coyotes to score first. The Kings give up quite a few goals early in games. They have now surrendered 50 goals in the first period this season which is easily their worst defensive frame. Also, the Kings only have 31 goals in the opening frame.