The Arizona Coyotes (22-19-5) will try to snap a four-game losing streak when they host the Los Angeles Kings (29-14-3) as +135 home betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark in a battle of two of the top teams in the Pacific Division on Saturday night.
The road team has won all three meetings so far this season, with Los Angeles taking the last one 4-3 at Arizona as a solid -180 favorite (bet $180 to win $100) on December 26.
The Kings are coming off a 3-0 home loss to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday but still lead the Pacific by 10 points over the San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks. The Coyotes are two points behind them in fourth place with the NHL All-Star break nearly upon us.
Los Angeles has allowed at least two goals in six straight games, but the under has gone 7-2-1 in the team’s last 10 games, according to the OddsShark NHL Database.
Prior to the setback against the Wild, the Kings beat the Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars by identical 3-2 scores. The victory versus the Ducks came on the road, where Los Angeles has won five of its last six.
Meanwhile, all of Arizona’s losses during its skid have taken place at home, including a 3-1 defeat against the Sharks on Thursday. The Coyotes have not scored more than one goal in their past three games. However, they had scored three or more three times during a four-game winning streak immediately beforehand.
The under is 6-1-1 in their previous eight games, the last six of which have been played at home.
The Kings lost the first two meetings with Arizona this season, with goaltender Jonathan Quick starting all three of them and stopping 64 of 74 shots. The 10 goals allowed are the most Quick has surrendered to any opponent this year.
The Coyotes had Mike Smith between the pipes in their two wins against Los Angeles, but he has been out of action since December 8 due to a lower-body injury. Rookie goalie Louis Domingue has gone 7-4-3 with a 2.18 goals-against average in Smith’s place, and he took the loss in the third meeting.