Mon 18/03/2013 - 19:45 EDT

Kings vs Coyotes National Hockey League Playoff Style Action

Los Angeles Kings: Are the Champs playing Rope-A-Dope?

No matter the sport, defending a League Championship is never easy as the target on your back never fads. The Los Angeles Kings are thankful for the lockout shortened 48 game schedule as they are experiencing the Champs trudge to repeat this season. It shows in the Kings record as Los Angeles has just one winning streak of three or more games this season. LA rolled into March on a five game winning streak but they’ve posted a 5-4 record in their last nine contests. Most recently, the Kings split a home and home series with the Sharks losing 4-3 on Thursday in San Jose and winning 5-2 in SoCal on Saturday. The Champs will be ready tonight.

Phoenix Coyotes: Still searching for that elusive winning groove

Where the Kings have one winning streak of three or more games during NHL 2013, Phoenix has yet to hit that mark. The Coyotes have five two-game winning streaks and five two-game losing steaks. The Dessert Dogs are 4-4 (including two 5-4 SO wins over the red hot Ducks) over their last eight contests. The Coyotes whitewashed the Kings 5-2 in the dessert back on 12/03/13. That win evened the season series at a victory apiece as the Kings won 4-2 in Phoenix on 26/01/13. The ‘Yotes are riding a two-game losing streak as they lost 3-0 in  St. Louis on Thursday and then dropped a 1-0 “shootout” decision in Columbus on Saturday.

Kings vs Coyotes NHL Wagering Odds & Online Sports Betting Game Day Prediction

Surfing over to the sportbook.com online sports wagering website, we find Los Angeles as 1.5 (+180) home favorites on the puck line and -165 straight up. Phoenix gets +1.5 (-222) ATS and +145 on the money line while the game total is posted at 5 pucks (O -120 U +100). In the opening, we asked if the Kings are playing rope-a-dope and we feel the answer is yes. This is a solid hockey club but the Ducks 12 point lead in the Pacific Division means the Kings won’t finish higher than fourth. Keeping a strong reserve of gas in the tank for the playoff run has to be on their mind. We like the Champs at home (-165 ML) at SportsBook.com tonight.

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