Los Angeles Kings vs Arizona Coyotes Prediction, 12/23/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Los Angeles Kings vs Arizona Coyotes
Date: Friday, December 23, 2022
Location: ASU Multi-Purpose Arena in Tempe, AZ
TV: Fox Sports Arizona
Odds/Point Spread: Kings (-178) Coyotes (+146)
The Arizona Coyotes (10-16-5) host the Los Angeles Kings (18-12-5) at ASU Multi-Purpose Arena on Friday. The odds on this game have the Kings at -178 and the Coyotes are sitting at +146. The over/under comes in at 6.
The Los Angeles Kings came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 4-1 win against the Ducks in their previous game. Los Angeles garnered 12 penalty minutes in this game. The Kings had a good offensive outing in the victory. In addition, they had 5 opportunities with more players on the ice and notched 1 goal. For the game, they tallied a score on 4 of the 41 shots they attempted.
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Los Angeles Kings opponents have amassed 122 power play tries (6th in hockey) and have earned 35 goals in those chances. The Kings have had 1,032 shots tried against them and have a save percentage of .881. Los Angeles has taken 1,158 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 9.8%. While at even strength, the Kings have conceded 88 goals while getting 84 on offense. Los Angeles has compiled 126 power play opportunities and they have notched 29 goals during those advantages, giving them a rate of 23.02%. For the year, they have earned 41 points and their points percentage comes in at .586. In regard to scoring goals, the Los Angeles Kings have racked up 113 goals (7th in the NHL) so far this year and have given up 123.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Pheonix Copley. The opposition has been able to score 100 goals against Copley in his career and his goals against average is 2.89. Copley has been in net for 37 games over the course of his hockey career. He has a save percentage of .902 for his 2,079 minutes on the ice. He has earned a mark of 21-10-3 and he has gotten the start in 32 games. For his professional hockey career, Copley has compiled 19 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .594. Copley has had 1,023 shots taken against him and has garnered 923 saves.
In their last game, Arizona went up against the Golden Knights in an outing where the Coyotes took a loss by a final of 5-2. They had 2 power play chances in this one but didn't score a goal. The Coyotes scored 2 goals out of the 23 shots on goal they tried.
The Coyotes have earned 65 goals at even strength and 20 goals (26th in the league) while on the power play. Arizona has taken 757 shots (32nd in the league) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 11.23%, while allowing the other team 1,085 shots. On the campaign, the Arizona Coyotes have earned 85 goals, 25 points, in addition to a points percentage of .403. They have allowed 114 goals to be scored by of a combination of 83 goals at even strength and 31 goals while they were shorthanded. They have recorded 104 power play opportunities and they have a power play percentage of 19.23%. They have a penalty kill rate of 76.15% on their opponents 130 opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage is 89.5%.
Across the ice you are likely to see Karel Vejmelka protecting the net. He has compiled 2,218 saves out of 2,461 shots taken, giving him a save % of .901. Vejmelka has earned a lifetime record of 22-41-7 and has participated in 75 games. He has made the start in 71 games and has been on the ice for 4,146 minutes. Vejmelka's quality start rate comes out to 46.5% and he has earned 33 quality starts in his career. Teams are averaging 3.52 goals/game and he has yielded 243 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-178)
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