The Los Angeles Kings (20-12-3) will be on the highway tonight when they face the lowly Phoenix Coyotes (14-15-6) in a rivalry matchup of two teams from the Pacific Division heading in different directions.
The puck in this one is scheduled to drop at 10:00 PM EST from the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ and can be seen live on the NHL network.
Several of the NHL odds boards, including the one at Bookmaker have listed the visitors as a -135 road favorite, while posting a total of 5 goals on the over/under.
Let's breakdown this matchup and decide where bettors can find the best value with their NHL picks.
The Kings come into this matchup having won 15 of their last 22 games overall and bring an offense with them that ranks 7th in the NHL, scoring an average of 2.9 goals per game. On defense, they are surrendering 2.5 goals per contest, which is good enough for ninth best in the NHL.
The Kings have won four of five against the Coyotes when the game is hosted in Phoenix, but they are just 2-7 in their last nine games played on the road when facing a team with a winning record on their home ice.
Los Angeles is 6-0-1 over in their last seven games played on the highway and 3-1-1 over in their last five meetings with the Coyotes.
The Coyotes, who continue to struggle, winning just once in their last nine games, own a defense that is giving up nearly 3 goals per night (2.9), which comes in at 19th best in the league. Their offense is somewhat comparable to the Kings, as they are scoring an average of 2.7 goals per game.
The Coyotes are winless in their last four games against a team with a record above .500 and 0-6 in their last six games following a contest where they failed to score two goals or less.
Phoenix has gone over the posted total in five of their last eight games played at home and three of four played on a Tuesday.
Even though the Coyotes are a decent team on their home ice, all the value in this one is on the Kings, a team that seems poised to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions.
NHL Pick: Back the Kings -135 at Bookmaker