First Saturday card of the NHL season, and after only one game last night, it’ll feel good to have a full slate of action for today. Thursday night shouldn’t have turned into as much of a sweat job as it did. After a 1-0 game heading into the 3rd period the final score was 3-2 Rangers, cashing the UNDER 5.5. Tonight we head down south for a matchup featuring the Phoenix, er excuse me, Arizona Coyotes and L.A. Kings. The Kings felt victim to the Stanley Cup Champ bug in their season opener, losing convincingly to the San Jose Sharks. That is about par for the course, as previous Cup Champs always seem to lose their season opener, call it a hangover. Let’s see if they can play the part of Stanley Cup winners tonight.
L.A. Kings @ Arizona Coyotes
The Kings should get some help from the Coyotes in this game, who may be a bottom 5 team in the NHL this season. Who knows where the Coyotes are going to be in the coming years, but before that happens they’ll finish up playing in front of 9,000 fans a night. In their first game of the season, the Yotes had major problems on defense, allowing 6 goals to their 2 in a 6-2 loss. Note that Arizona finished last season on a 1-7 run. I certainly see it carrying over to this season as this team lacks any real punch. There is Keith Yandle and Shane Doan, but other than them the Coyote roster is bare with talent. Goalie Mike Smith got off to a poor start, allowing 6 goals on 27 shots for a save percentage of .778. Believe it or not, the Coyotes are 4-0 against the Kings in their last four games at home, but look for that streak to end after tonight.
Backed by one of the top goaltenders in the NHL, Jonathan Quick, the Kings finished 1st in the NHL, giving up only 2.05 goals per game. In the playoffs the offense caught fire as well to go along with the defense, scoring 3.38 goals per game for 1st out of the 16 playoff teams. The goal scoring was much in due to the acquisition of Marian Gaborik. If Gaborik stays healthy and plays how he did since coming over from Columbus, the Kings will not only be a defensive juggernaut, but the team will be known for their offense as well. With the likes of Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar, and Gaborik on the roster, the Kings aren’t going to just be a defensive team. The defense will still be there, but look for a jump in offensive production, starting tonight. The Kings had their party Thursday night raising the banner and all, but they get back to business tonight against a far inferior opponent in the Arizona Coyotes. Simply put, we should see the real Kings tonight. If this was a game later in the season, I would expect a price of -155 to -160, so I do like -130 in this spot on the Kings Saturday night.
Pick – KINGS -130 @ 5dimes.eu (Best Odds)