NHL Betting News and Notes Sunday 5/13

NHL Betting News and Notes Sunday 5/13

Kings at Coyotes: What Bettors Need to Know
By Covers.com

Los Angeles Kings at Phoenix Coyotes (+101, 4.5)

THE STORY:
Goaltending will be the focus as the Los Angeles Kings visit the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals Saturday night. Kings netminder Jonathan Quick is enjoying the best season in franchise history, nominated for the Vezina Trophy following a dominant regular season and boasting similarly stingy numbers so far in the playoffs. Phoenix has its own star goalie in Mike Smith, the only player in the postseason with two shutouts on his resume.

ABOUT THE KINGS: Los Angeles is downright giddy to be in the Western Conference finals for the first time in 19 years - and why wouldn't it be? The Kings have been the best team in the playoffs, knocking off the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks in five games before dispatching the No. 2 St. Louis Blues in an emphatic sweep. "It's definitely a new thing for me," said Kings forward Anze Kopitar. "I don't think I've been excited like this for a long time. The last thing I can compare to this was probably my draft day, but this definitely tops it off because it's more and we're still going."

ABOUT THE COYOTES: Behind the continued heroics of Smith, Phoenix defeated the Nashville Predators in six games to reach the conference finals for the first time in franchise history. Head coach Dave Tippett is especially proud of how his team evolved into one of the league's top teams. "It is very rewarding, because you love to see people rewarded for the work that they put in," he said. "You just think about how much work Shane Doan has put in. You think about the work that Mike Smith has put in this year and in his career to get to this level. This doesn't just happen by coincidence."

OVERTIME:

1. The Kings are 33-14-11 under head coach Darryl Sutter, who took over the reins in midseason.

2. Los Angeles prevailed in the season series, going 3-1-2.

3. The Kings share the top penalty-killing unit in the postseason, operating at a 92.1 percent clip. The Coyotes are fourth at 89.5 percent.

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Kings @ Coyotes -- These teams are in unchartered territory; survivor of series is going to be Cinderella in Stanley Cup finals. Home teams won four of last five games in this series, with LA 4-8 in last dozen visits to desert. Seven of last nine series games stayed under total. Both teams are well-rested; Kings haven't had a game since eliminating Blues last Sunday; Phoenix hasn't played since Monday. Coyotes won last three home games, allowing seven goals. Kings are 5-0 on road in playoffs, allowing a total of eight goals.

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Kings Head To Desert To Face Coyotes In Unlikely West Final
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It is the NHL Western conference final that almost nobody on the betting websites expected. There will be no Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks, or even the defending conference champion Vancouver Canucks. Instead, it will be the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings, a team that barely qualified for the postseason, making the trip to the desert to fight a Phoenix Coyotes’ team that has spent the entire season owned by the NHL. The Kings and Coyotes is certainly among the most unlikely matchups that we could have seen, but that doesn’t mean either team doesn’t deserve to be here right now.

Los Angeles is the online sports  book favorite for this series, even though it is the lower seed and will open the series on the road. After knocking off the defending Western conference champion Canucks in just five games in the opening round, the Kings went on to sweep the St. Louis Blues in four-straight as the lower seed as well. While Los Angeles has fit the mold of a grinding, hard-working team that seems built for the playoffs, the play of Jonathan Quick and goal has been what has made them so dominant in these playoffs. The 26-year old Quick is 8-1 with a 1.55 goals against average, and a .949 save percentage. The most impressive aspect of how he has played is the overall consistency that Quick has shown, as he has allowed more than two goals in just one of nine playoff appearances, which was the Kings’ only loss. Captain Dustin Brown has been a strong leader with a team-high six goals and 11 points, while additions Mike Richards and Jeff Carter have combined for four goals and eight assists.

For as good as the Kings have been, Phoenix will not be intimidated. This is a Coyotes’ team that has repeatedly been criticized and questioned, only to respond in the face of adversity. The resilience that Phoenix has shown in knocking off the Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators is important, and an argument can be made that they have had the harder road of the two teams considering how poorly the Blues played in the second round versus Los Angeles. Antoine Vermette was a late trade addition that has flourished with his new team, leading the Coyotes with five goals and nine points, while the blue line has stepped up in a major way with Keith Yandle and Rotislav Klesla adding seven points each. Despite facing tougher opposition and losing two more games, netminder Mike Smith has numbers that still rival Quick’s with a 1.85 goals against average and .946 save percentage.

Once the puck drops for game one everything else that has happened this season will become irrelevant, and it’s important to understand that both of these teams have very similar styles. The Kings may have a slight edge in goaltending overall, but ultimately Mike Smith has been just as good as Quick this postseason. However, Los Angeles may have more offensive weapons and overall scoring depth, and that may prove to be the difference in what should be a long and hard-fought sports bet series.

Prediction: Kings In Seven

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LOS ANGELES (48-28-0-15, 111 pts.) at PHOENIX (50-28-0-15, 115 pts.)

Top Trends for this game.
PHOENIX is 49-43 ATS (+2.6 Units) in all games this season.
PHOENIX is 31-23 ATS (+1.7 Units) second half of the season this season.
PHOENIX is 13-6 ATS (+6.6 Units) on Sunday games over the last 3 seasons.
PHOENIX is 19-7 ATS (+26.1 Units) after 3 or more consecutive unders over the last 2 seasons.
PHOENIX is 33-23 ATS (+33.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
PHOENIX is 20-10 ATS (+31.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
LOS ANGELES is 17-9 ATS (+26.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
LOS ANGELES is 41-31 ATS (+74.3 Units) in road games second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
LOS ANGELES is 27-22 ATS (+55.1 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHOENIX is 9-9 (+0.4 Units) against the spread versus LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
PHOENIX is 9-9-0 straight up against LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
8 of 15 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+0.7 Units)


LOS ANGELES vs. PHOENIX
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 6 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
Los Angeles is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
Phoenix is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
Phoenix is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Los Angeles


Los Angeles at Phoenix
Los Angeles: 8-1 Under in Sunday road games
Phoenix: 22-7 SU if 4 or less total goals were scored last game

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