Phoenix leveled the score in the series one week ago, but LA Kings took the lead again with an emphatic 4-0 win over the Coyotes. They have the chance to win the series with another victory in front of their fans tonight, when the two teams meet for the last time in Los Angeles this season.
Match: LA Kings vs Phoenix
Bet: LA Kings
Odds: Unibet 2.00
LA Kings now has the second-best home record in the division and the third in NHL, and have earned enough points at Staples Center to offset their mediocre away performance. The team moves quickly on the ice and makes every shot count, which explains why despite having just two shots more last night they secured a comfortable 4-0 victory. Their power-play conversion rate has also improved, with the Kings scoring twice last night with a man up on the ice.
The visitors have broken an undesirable record and failed to score in three consecutive games, adding to their traveling woes. Their first goalkeeper struggled last night and was pulled in the third period after conceding four goals in 22 shots and is likely to be kept on the bench tonight. This is good news for the Kings, because despite Mike Smith’s recent issues he has a good record against Los Angeles. What the visitors truly need is a better performance from its forwards, to shift the pressure from their own half.
Things rarely change overnight and a team that was dominated one day ago has small chances of turning the tables on such a short notice. The Kings remain overwhelming favorites in this series, and with Unibet odds doubling up any wager made on the home victory, punters should back LA.