Phoenix (27-21-9, 63 pts) at Los Angeles (27-19-11, 65 pts)
Meg Jerrell from Kings Court
Score: Kings 3, Coyotes 2, OT
Reason: Phoenix won 5 of their last 6 games, but the Kings NEED to win against every Pacific opponents to secure a play-off spot. It will come down to the wire, but they’ll find a way to please the Staples Center crowd who will still be reeling at the news of their season ticket price hike.
Wavesinair from Deep Inside the Kings
Score: Kings 4, Coyotes 3, shootout
Reason: Spectacularly huge game. Tough call on this one. Yotes are playing well but the Kings always play them tight. If practice is any indication, they’re due for a run. There’s no doubt the Kings match up, and with the new kids on the block, I’m predicting some difficult adjustments by Phoenix. JMFJ gets a goal and the SO winner.
Jon Gillette from Rink Royalty
Score: Kings 4, Coyotes 1
Reason: Kids continue to provide spark to the offense and Quick stands on his head in yet another huge division game.
Hipcheck from LA Kings Road Talk podcast
Score: Kings 3, Coyotes 1
Reason: Richards new friends in Nolan and King continue to pay dividends. Their line gets a goal, Kopi and Williams come through again, and one of the 4th liners gets 1 as well.
Matt Murray from Life In Hockeywood
Score: Coyotes 3, Kings 1
Reason: The bubble pops on King and Nolan, as they get held off the scoresheet. And with that youthful spark, the Kings offense will suffer. Phoenix scores an empty-netter to secure the win.
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