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(36-33-7) Los Angeles Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks (30-37-9)
Date: Friday March 31st
Time: 10:00PM EST
Venue: Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Los Angeles -145
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Los Angeles -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5
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Coming off a 4-1 win over Calgary, the Los Angeles Kings head to Vancouver to take on the Canucks on Friday night.
Vancouver, with just two wins in the last eight games, will look for a victory when the Kings come to town.
Los Angeles Kings
It’s been a tale of two sides of the ice for the Los Angeles Kings this season. One of the best defensive teams in the league is also one of the worst, lowest-scoring offenses in the league.
The Kings lucked out with having a great goaltender for most of the season in Peter Budaj, who picked up the slack when Jonathan Quick was injured. The team ranks 6th in the NHL in goals against, allowing just 2.49 goals per game.
Since coming back from injury, Jonathan Quick has been the Jonathan Quick we all know and love. Quick is 5-4-1 with a .219 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. The numbers in the loss column for Quick have rarely been a result of poor play in net, but have been due to the poor offense.
The Kings rank 26th in goals, averaging just 2.46 per game. The Kings have one line that consistently scores, led by Jeff Carter. Carter has 32 goals and 30 assists, including a goal and an assist over his last five games.
Injuries have plagued this Vancouver Canucks team all season and nothing has changed as we wrap up the last few games of the year. Markus Granlund, one of the team’s leading scorers, is on the injured reserve with a wrist injury and has been shut down.
Granlund has been important all year for this team. He has 19 goals and 13 assists in 69 games this season. The Canuck offense will miss him these last few games but his long-term health is more important.
Joseph Cramarossa is out with a foot injury. Loui Eriksson won’t play due to a leg injury. Brandan Gaunce is out with an upper-body injury. Jason Megna, Jack Skille, and Troy Stecher are all out as well.
The success of these last few games hinges on players like center Bo Horvat. Horvat has been the team’s best (and only) 20-goal scorer. He has 20 goals and 30 assists, including three assists over his last five games.
NHL Betting Trends:
- The OVER is 3-1-1 in Vancouver’s last five games at home
- Los Angeles is 2-4 SU in the last six games
Free Los Angeles Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks NHL Hockey Prediction:
Vancouver has looked decent in spots this season but has definitely shown its age. Against a Kings team that has some of the best defense and goaltending in the league, the Canucks won’t get a lot of scoring opportunities.
The Kings should skate away with the W.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Vancouver ATS
Vancouver is the underdog in this one, hence the +1.5 at home. Against a Los Angeles team that has great defense but has a lot of trouble putting the puck in the net, the Canucks should keep this one close and cover despite a potential loss.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Los Angeles 3 – Vancouver 2
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