NHL Odds: Coyotes and Kings meet again
By: Brad Young
Friday, January 21, 2011
Keith Yandle hits the ice Saturday with a six-game points streak.
Los Angeles and Phoenix conclude a home-and-home series with Saturday’s contest. The Coyotes (24-15-6-3) snapped a two-game losing skid while extending the Kings’ (24-22-1-0) current slide to three after Thursday’s triumph as a 125 road underdog, 2-0. The two goals failed to topple the five-goal closing total, ending a string of back-to-back ‘over’ outings in this series.
Phoenix scored both goals in the second period, while netminder Ilya Bryzgalov recorded his 19th career shutout by stonewalling 36 shots. The Russia native now has three shutout victories this season after surrendering eight goals in consecutive setbacks to San Jose and Nashville. Bryzgalov now maintains a solid 12-2-1 record against Los Angeles.
Phoenix center Martin Hanzal opened the scoring with a disputed goal, lighting the lamp with a high stick that wasn’t called. Hanzal buried a rebound from a Ray Whitney shot, and the goal was allowed after a lengthy review. Lee Stempniak also found the back of the net for the Coyotes less than a minute later.
Los Angeles was unable to score on five power-play chances or 36 shot attempts, while limiting Phoenix to just 15 shots on goal. The Kings also held the Coyotes to just six shots on goal in the first period.
Los Angeles is currently mired in a 2-10-0 slide, leaving the team in 12th place in the Western Conference standings. The Kings are just five points behind Chicago and Colorado for the eighth and final playoff slot with 35 games remaining. Los Angeles is now a dismal 0-for-19 on the power play over the previous six games, matching its longest drought of last year.
Phoenix is now in fifth place in the Western Conference standings, just one point behind Nashville and one point ahead of Anaheim. The Coyotes are now 6-2 their last eight outings against conference opponents, while the ‘over’ is 20-8-3 their past 31 home games.
Phoenix has won the previous four meetings with in this series, including all three encounters this season. The home team is now 36-17-6 the last 59 meetings, while Los Angeles is just 7-22-2 the past 31 outings in Phoenix.
The Coyotes were involved in six straight ‘over’ outings until Thursday’s matchup. The Kings have now seen the ‘under’ go 5-1 their previous six games.
Los Angeles left wing Marco Sturm is ‘out’ indefinitely due to a knee injury, while right wing Scott Parse is ‘out’ due to an injured hip. The Kings follow this contest with a two-game homestand against Boston and San Jose.
Phoenix defenseman Ed Jovanovski (lower body), left wing Brett MacLean (undisclosed) and defenseman David Schlemko (concussion) are ‘questionable’ versus the Kings, while center Vernon Fiddler (upper body) is ‘out’ indefinitely. The Coyotes host Edmonton Tuesday before embarking on a two-game road trip versus Colorado and San Jose.
FOX Sports West will provide coverage of Saturday’s matchup beginning at 5:00 p.m. PT from Phoenix’s Jobing.com Arena.