The Phoenix Coyotes have already staved off elimination once in this series, and they are going to try to do it once again by pulling off another upset on the NHL betting odds on Tuesday night. They take on the Los Angeles Kings in what should amount to be a great game to make our NHL free picks on!
NHL Matchup: #8 Los Angeles Kings @ #3 Phoenix Coyotes Game 5
Date: Tuesday, May 22nd, 9:00 ET
Location: Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, AZ
NHL Playoffs Odds: Los Angeles -120
NHL TV Schedule: NBC Sports Network, TSN
All good streaks have to come to an end at some point. No team goes through an entire postseason without hitting a bit of a lull, and the truth of the matter is that most teams that catch some fire in the early rounds end up cooling off and get themselves into a bit of trouble. The question that we have to ask ourselves is whether the Game 4 loss for LA was the sign that this streak was over, or whether it was just a bump in the road before the Stanley Cup Finals. The Kings were the better team in Game 4 in our eyes, getting a ton more shots and more quality time in the offensive zone, but in the end, the fact that Mike Smith was able to pitch a shutout has to give the team a ton of confidence going forward. Don’t be all that shocked if the Coyotes end up coming back in this one and posting yet another victory behind an offense that looks like it is growing in confidence. This could really end up being a series after all.
NHL Free Pick: Phoenix Coyotes +110