NHL Picks: Coyotes Ready for an Upset at +210 vs. Kings

Swinging Johnson

Friday, October 9, 2015 4:45 PM GMT

The NHL odds makers installed the Kings as a pricey favorite in their season debut but they were upended by the Sharks 5-1. They look to rebound against the Coyotes on Friday.

Kings Get Crowned
The LA Kings jumped out to a 1-0 lead with only 1:49 having elapsed in the season opener on a Nick Shore goal but the Sharks countered with two of their own and wound up handing the Kings a 5-1 defeat Wednesday night. It was the third loss in four season openers for the Kings and were victimized by the same San Jose Sharks last season when they fell 4-0.

"We were pretty sloppy," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "Sloppy in our rushes, sloppy in our (defensive) zone. That was probably most of it. We weren't competing in the corner and making hard plays coming out of our zone. We didn't play very well."

But the Kings get a chance at redemption against the visiting and rebuilding Arizona Coyotes. Though Arizona defeated them in the second game of the season last year in a 3-2 battle the Kings swept the Coyotes in three consecutive regular season games culminating in a 1-0 thriller in their last meeting on March 16th at the Staples Center in which the NHL odds makers installed LA as a prohibitive -375 favorite. LA has notched three shutouts with only five goals allowed over a five game span against Arizona and Jonathan Quick is 3-0-1 with a 1.23 goals-against average and .949 save percentage over that period.

 

Thirsting for Victory in the Desert
The Buffalo Sabres were the only team in the NHL with a lower points total than the Coyotes last season. Arizona fans know what a drought is all about and winning has been in short supply. General Manager Don Maloney had this to say before his team takes the ice in their season debut in Los Angeles,

"Outside these halls I know where we're probably projected, but I think if our mix is right, there's a lot of people who are anxious to get back and show people we are better than we were, not only on the ice but off the ice."

The Coyotes are hoping team captain and veteran Shane Doan bounces back after a disappointing season that saw him garner only 36 points in 79 games which equated to his lowest points-per-game mark (0.46) since the 1997-98 season. However, the soon to be 39-year-old cannot be expected to shoulder the offensive burden but must be a complementary piece if the team is to have any success.

 

NHL Picks
If you included the LA Kings in your NHL picks in game number two last season you would have laid -140 on the visitors as they skated into Glendale to take on the Coyotes and watched your money burn as the Kings dropped a 3-2 decision in overtime. It's a year later and game number two again only this time the venue has shifted to Los Angeles and the Kings are north of -200 favorites. Based on their performance against the Sharks you have to ask yourself, why?

We know that the Coyotes were one of the NHL's worst teams last year but it's all shiny and new again. The meetings between these teams are usually closely contested and if you go back even a few years LA holds only a slight 5-4 edge in games won over their last nine meetings. Also remember that Jonathan Quick can be a very streaky netminder and he certainly didn't look sharp on opening night when he allowed five goals on 32 shots. There is simply too much value to be had on the Coyotes in this one.

NHL Pick: Arizona +210 at BetOnline

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