Los Angeles Kings vs Arizona Coyotes 02/20/2021 Tips, Forecast and Analysis
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Los Angeles Kings vs Arizona Coyotes 02/20/2021 – The surging Los Angeles Kings will be gunning for their fourth straight victory when they visit the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night at the Gila River Arena at 07:00 PM Eastern Time. Both teams are jockeying positions at the middle of the West Division where the hosts hold a slight edge with 17 points for the fourth place against 15 for the Kings. The Coyotes are pegged at -169 as favorites at home while L.A. is offered at +152 based on the latest NHL Betting Lines. The game will be available live on FSAZ+ with simultaneous streaming on NHL.TV.
Los Angeles Kings vs Arizona Coyotes 02/20/2021
When: Saturday, February 20, 7:00 PM ET
Where: Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona
Los Angeles Kings vs Arizona Coyotes 02/20/2021 Betting Odds:
Los Angeles Kings
The Los Angeles Kings pulled off a 3-2 squeaker in a shootout against the Coyotes in the first game of a back-to-back in Arizona on Thursday. Their current winning streak being extended to three goes to show that L.A. is slowly picking up their bearings after a rather slow start in the season as the team was saddled by the absence of several key players due to the league’s COVID-19 protocols. Now playing at nearly their full strength, the Kings have sent notice across the league that they are out to contend for a deep run this season. Prior to their current victory surge, the Kings had to endure a five-game losing skid, including a handful of close-game defeats, that placed them near the cellar of the division. But with the help of their returning players, the team broke out of the slump. Now entering their second straight game against Arizona, L.A. smells nothing but blood as they intend to make it four in a row before heading over to St. Louis to continue their road trip.
Players to watch: A. Kopitar C (G 4, A 15, PTS 19), D. Brown RW (G 8, A 6, PTS 14), D. Doughty D (G 4, A 9, PTS 13).
Offense has been stagnant for the Coyotes as of late. Over the past four games, the team has managed to score just two points or fewer three times. The scoring dry spell has crippled Arizona – something that the Kings took advantage on Thursday. The battle against L.A. in their home ice restarts on Saturday and coach Rick Tocchet is hoping that his players will finally rediscover their touch by making things simple on the offensive end. Despite the struggles in sending the puck into the net, the Coyotes still are able to keep themselves at over .500. However, they are also aware that the trailing teams in the West are on a chase of their own, including the Kings who have been on a winning salvo. The giant steps from their rivals in Hollywood are being heard. After the heartbreaking defeat in a shootout last game, Arizona must be playing with a more sense of urgency on Saturday in order to stave their visitors.
Players to watch: C. Garland RW (G 7, A 8, PTS 15), N. Schmaltz C (G 6, A 8, PTS 14), C. Dvorak C (G 7, A 6, PTS 13).
Los Angeles Kings vs Arizona Coyotes Betting Predictions
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Los Angeles’ last 15 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arizona’s last 6 games.
Kings vs Coyotes Betting Picks
The Coyotes will finally rediscover their scoring touch when they host the Kings for the second straight time. As coach Tocchet has asked from his players, the Coyotes will ditch their complex attacks and simply rely on their basic schemes to put the puck into the net. Give the advantage for Arizona this time as the Kings’ winning run will put to an end at three based on this top online sportsbook.
Score Prediction: Kings 2, Coyotes 4.