NHL Betting News and Notes Thursday 5/17

NHL Betting News and Notes Thursday 5/17

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

Phoenix Coyotes at Los Angeles Kings (-190, 4.5)

THE STORY:
The Los Angeles Kings haven't needed much help throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs, but they were able to capitalize on some charity from the Phoenix Coyotes to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. The series shifts to Tinseltown for Game 3, and the Kings have all the momentum as they inch closer to their first Stanley Cup finals appearance in 19 years. The Coyotes will need to figure out how to shut down a relentless Kings offense that has peppered Phoenix netminder Mike Smith with 88 shots in the first two games.

ABOUT THE COYOTES: Phoenix lost its cool in Game 2, taking two separate five-minute majors for dangerous hits on Los Angeles players. Coyotes captain Shane Doan was the first offender, sent off in the second period for drilling Kings forward Trevor Lewis into the boards. Doan believes the penalty was too harsh. "He turns. He looks right at me. I didn't even look at him again," Doan said. "I was looking at the puck, because I was trying to poke the puck free. He turns away as I'm coming in." That penalty led to the first of two 5-on-3 goals scored by Jeff Carter that effectively put the game away.

ABOUT THE KINGS: Much had gone right for Los Angeles heading into Game 2, but the power play wasn't one of those things. The Kings had scored just once on their previous 44 man advantage opportunities before being handed a pair of two-man power plays. Carter made good both times, completing his hat trick after scoring just once in his first 10 playoff games. "Obviously I'd love to be scoring every game," he said. "They haven't come that easily for me the last little while here. It's something that I've been working on in practice, trying to get to the net during the game, get a couple greasy ones."

TRENDS:

- Los Angeles has won 10 of its 11 playoff games.
- Coyotes are 1-4 in the last five meetings in Los Angeles
- Kings are 10-3 in their last 13 home games.

OVERTIME:

1. The Kings are on a franchise-record seven-game postseason winning streak and are a perfect 7-0 on the road in the playoffs.

2. Coyotes F Martin Hanzal faces a hearing with the league for his hit on Kings forward Dustin Brown in the third period of Game 2. Hanzal hammered Brown into the boards to earn the second of Phoenix's two major and game misconduct penalties.

3. Kings F Colin Fraser left the team prior to Game 2 for personal reasons, and his status for Game 3 is unknown.

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Coyotes @ Kings (2-0) -- Los Angeles is now 10-1 in playoffs, 3-1 at home, as only loss came vs Vancouver in first round. Not only have they won their last seven games, none of their last six wins were by less than two goals. Coyotes lost four of last five games in this building; they've been outshot 88-51 so far in series, 66-34 in first couple periods. Phoenix scored only one goal in two away games in last round, but won 1-0 in Game 4 at Nashville. Eight of last eleven series games stayed under total; under is 8-4-1 in Phoenix' games in the playoffs.

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PHOENIX (50-30-0-15, 115 pts.) at LOS ANGELES (50-28-0-15, 115 pts.)

Top Trends for this game.
LOS ANGELES is 19-9 ATS (+9.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
LOS ANGELES is 7-1 ATS (+5.8 Units) when leading in a playoff series this season.
PHOENIX is 49-45 ATS (+2.4 Units) in all games this season.
PHOENIX is 10-2 ATS (+12.3 Units) after playing 3 consecutive home games this season.
PHOENIX is 33-25 ATS (+60.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
PHOENIX is 20-12 ATS (+32.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
PHOENIX is 85-67 ATS (+14.1 Units) second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
PHOENIX is 94-94 ATS (+222.5 Units) in road games vs. division opponents since 1996.
PHOENIX is 16-8 ATS (+7.0 Units) after a division game this season.
PHOENIX is 16-9 ATS (+26.1 Units) revenging a home loss versus opponent this season.
PHOENIX is 23-20 ATS (+48.7 Units) in road games revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 2 seasons.
PHOENIX is 15-6 ATS (+8.6 Units) after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
LOS ANGELES is 11-9-0 straight up against PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
9 of 17 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+0.4 Units)


PHOENIX vs. LOS ANGELES
Phoenix is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games
Phoenix is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Los Angeles's last 9 games


Phoenix at Los Angeles
Phoenix: 6-1 SU after getting shutout
Los Angeles: 10-1 SU off BB wins by 2+ goals

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