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Coyotes Kings Betting – Kings Favored To Head To Stanley Cup Finals

Posted by Don Melrose on 6/5/2014 4:22:42 AM

Many online betting sharps didn’t give Los Angeles a chance coming into the Stanley Cup playoffs, but here they are, not only getting ready to battle Phoenix for the Western Conference title, but they’re the favored team and have rolled through the top two seeds. However, the Coyotes may feel slighted against their Pacific Division rivals and this should be a wild series.

The Kings have been resting since May 6th, when they wrapped up a four-game sweep of St. Louis, who were the second seed in the West. This was after the Kings romped to a five-game win over Vancouver, the top seed and the Presidents’ Trophy winners. If you ever needed an example of a team getting hot at the right time, it would be the Kings, who had to scrap just to get into the picture and played as a team with nothing to lose. After struggling to score goals all season, the Kings have scored 27 in nine goals and everyone is getting involved from captain Dustin Brown to defenseman Drew Doughty, while Mike Richards has been invaluable at both ends of the ice. Of course, Jonathan Quick has continued to sparkle in goal, but the Kings’ NHL betting odds have been helped out a lot by their ability to find the back of the net.

The Coyotes defeated Chicago in six games and then Nashville in five, and the Nashville series may have been more surprising as the Predators assumed the role of favorites after the Canucks were ousted, but Phoenix plays a disciplined and hard-nosed style of hockey that is almost tailor-made for the playoffs. Antoine Vermette was acquired in a trade from Columbus, and he has rewarded the Coyotes by leading the team in goals and points, while Mike Smith has been outstanding in goal at a time where many expected him to fold.

NHL betting odds have the Kings as a -170 favorite in this Western Conference final while the Coyotes come in at +150. The two met six times in the regular season, splitting them at three wins apiece, and the Coyotes only finished two points ahead of Los Angeles in the Pacific, so things could have looked a lot different. All six games were close as five were decided by a single goal and the first meeting was decided by two goals, so expect a close series. The Kings would like to get out and open the game up a little more than Phoenix as they have the edge in skill players, while the Coyotes would like to slow it down. In the end, the Kings have played like a team on a mission and they may have the players to make something out of nothing in a tight game, so Los Angeles should be your sports betting pick for the Western finals.

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