NHL Odds, Preview, Prediction: Kings vs Coyotes (Monday, November 20)
LOS ANGELES, CA Gary A. Vasquez/NHLI via Getty Images. Pictured: Adrian Kempe #9 of the Los Angeles Kings
Kings vs. Coyotes Odds
Looking to win their third straight, the Los Angeles Kings head to the desert to face the Arizona Coyotes. The Kings have been red hot as of late, going 7-1-2 in their last 10 games, and are undefeated on the road.
Arizona has been trading wins and losses for the whole month of November, and currently place fourth in the Pacific. Based on its past few years, the start of the season has been a success for the Coyotes and they’ll look to get back on the win column after losing to the Jets.
Let's dive into the latest NHL odds, as well as my Kings vs. Coyotes betting preview and prediction for Monday, November 20.
From top to bottom, Los Angeles has an incredibly well-rounded roster. Former 40 goal scorer Adrian Kempe is leading the team in scoring, where Kevin Fiala and captain Anze Kopitar aren’t far behind – all averaging a point per game. To go with that, the Kings are among the best defensive teams in the league led by future Hall of Famer Drew Doughty.
I mentioned how well-rounded this team is, but it shows in the 5-on-5 numbers as well. Los Angeles plays an incredibly efficient game, ranking second in expected goals with a 56.36 xGF%. Defensively, it ranks the best with a 2.23 xGA/60.
Special teams has been an exceptional part of this team as well. The power play ranks right around the league average scoring at roughly 21%. The penalty kill is among the elite, succeeding at the third best clip at 89%.
Cam Talbot’s NHL career has always been up and down, but since taking over the reins in LA, he’s been phenomenal. He’s playing to a wonderful .930 SV% and fifth-best +8.2 goals saved above expected (GSAx). I wouldn’t be surprised if he starts since his backup Pheonix Copley has been underwhelming.
ESPN Bet Sportsbook is now another option to maximize your NHL action. You can now use our ESPN BET promo code TANBONUS for a new user welcome.
Arizona has received a solid amount of production from its players. Clayton Keller is performing at his typical point per game pace, and Nick Schmaltz is second in scoring. What’s surprising is defenseman Sean Durzi who’s third in scoring and already four goals away from matching his career high.
Coach Andre Tourigny has these Yotes playing some efficient 5-on-5 play. They’re ranked 15th in expected goals with a 51.03 xGF%, though defensively, they need to be better only playing to a 2.81 xGA/60.
This power play is among the best in the league, scoring at a nearly 30% clip. I think the penalty kill is average though. It’s nothing special, but compared to what it was, I don’t think 77% is all that bad.
Both Karel Vejmelka and Connor Ingram have split starts throughout the season. I’m guessing Ingram gets the nod since Vejmelka started against Winnipeg. Ingram has played like the better goaltender so far, playing to a .918 SV% and a +3.0 GSAx.
Kings vs. Coyotes
Betting Pick & Prediction
This will be the third matchup between these teams with the Kings winning both matchups. Arizona has played some solid hockey, though it’s been very inconsistent during this stretch. It’s also been solid playing at Mullett Arena, going 4-2 on home ice.
The only problem with that is the Kings are unstoppable on the road. They’ve played nearly perfect hockey all season, and still only stand in third place in the Pacific. That division is stacked beyond belief.
Until proven otherwise, I can’t see a world where I’m betting against the Kings. The metrics favor them as the NHL’s best team, even if the standings don’t agree. With Arizona’s inconsistencies, and Los Angeles reigning dominance across the league, I’m backing the Kings to win this game in regulation.
Pick: Kings 60 Minute ML (+100)
Check out the new user FanDuel promo code offer before placing your Kings vs. Coyotes bets.