Bet the Under for Coyotes vs. Kings

David Lawrence

Monday, March 17, 2014 3:51 PM GMT

The Phoenix Coyotes are in the hunt for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They’ll have a chance to gain some ground as the Los Angeles Kings are once again having a tough time scoring.Where does the best value lie for our NHL picks?

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The Phoenix Coyotes Can Win Because…

The Kings offense continues to be ridiculously streaky. The Kings have lost two in a row but prior to that, had won eight straight. During those eight wins, they averaged 3.1 goals per game. In their two losses, they have totaled just three goals. The troubling concern is that their two losses came at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Anaheim Ducks, two teams that haven’t exactly been known for defense recently.

The Coyotes are on a bit of a roll right now with five wins in their last seven. They deserve a look for your NHL picks considering they’ve only allowed 13 goals in their last seven and the Kings are laboring offensively.

The Los Angeles Kings Can Win Because…

The Coyotes are not a good road bet. The Coyotes have dropped 11 of their last 14 away games, which really stacks the NHL odds against them on Monday. The trouble is that the Coyotes don’t score many goals when they’re away, averaging just two goals per game over their last 14. On the season, they average just 2.41 when on the road compared to 2.97 at home. The Kings should have no problems keeping them under wraps as they allow just 2.06 goals per game at home.

Outlook & Pick

The Coyotes have won two of three meetings this season but home-ice advantage seems to be the separator between these two. The Kings have won seven straight times that they’ve been the hosts and that’ll likely be the case on Monday. However, with the juice being so high, I’ll add the under to my hockey picks. The Kings are struggling to score while both teams are playing good defense. That should lead to a low scoring affair.

NHL Pick: Under 5 at SportsInteraction