Relentless was the most applicable term for a superb showing by the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of their series against the Phoenix Coyotes. Constantly putting pressure on the Coyotes and throwing plenty of shots at the net, the Kings eventually pulled ahead in the third and took a deserved victory. They have only lost one of their ten games during the playoffs and that form has seen their odds of lifting the Stanley Cup drop steadily to 2.60 currently.
It might have been a simpler win for the Kings had Jon Quick not allowed Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris to score from halfway in the first period. Thankfully for LA, Quick recovered to be named first star of the game, his opposite number Mike Smith was also excellent but faced almost double the shots.
Phoenix will now be well aware that going 2-0 down would take a monumental effort to recover from, so huge importance will be placed upon getting a win in front of their fans tonight. In the handicap betting, you can get odds of 1.32 on them holding off LA with a +1.5 goal start and I think that's the minimum they will manage.
The odds to win Game 1 were equal, but LA's win has seem them shortened for this one at 2.35 simply because they were the superior team on the first night. Phoenix need to prove that won't be the case throughout the series, they have dropped to 2.75 to win in regulation whilst you can get 3.60 on it being tied after 60 minutes.
Best Bet: Phoenix Coyotes with a +1.5 handicap at 1.32.