Los Angeles Kings vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 11/20/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Carolina Hurricanes (6-9-3) at Los Angeles Kings (10-5-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -200 / Carolina Hurricanes +181 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Hurricanes look to continue their improved play and pull off the huge upset as they skate into the Staples Center on Thursday to take on the Los Angeles Kings.
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The Carolina Hurricanes were picked by many to finish as the league's worst team this season and with a sloppy start they were well on their way to attaining that projection but after a 6-3-1 stretch in their last 10 games the Canes have escaped the league basement and have looked a lot better. The Canes will certainly be sellers later on in the season as they have some pieces that will generate a huge return and it is very unlikely that they will make the playoffs which could yield some great prospects coming back in return to assist in the overhaul of this franchise. Carolina will likely send Eric Staal to any potential suitor and while his price tag will be high he is a great player and has won a Stanley Cup which is a huge draw for teams who are looking to add one final piece to a roster that has a shot at a championship. Until then however the Canes will do their best to stay afloat and tonight they have the tough task of trying to take down the Kings in LA which has only been done twice in regulation so far this season.
Los Angeles has won back to back games and have shaken off a tough 4-4-2 stretch that has them in the middle of the Pacific division but with a winning streak on the horizon they could very well be in the lead by week's end and a win over the Canes tonight would go a long way in doing so. The Kings are certainly a favourite to repeat as Cup champions as they have a scary roster that can compete with anyone in the league but with the competition level being what it is in the West I think it'll be a tough task for them to do so. Nonetheless, the Kings have business to tend to first and that is making the postseason and games against inferior opponents is where teams like LA separate themselves in the standings and I think they have trouble dispatching of the Canes here. Take the Kings in regulation.