Los Angeles Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks - 10/22/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Vancouver Canucks (4-0-0) at Los Angeles Kings (1-3-0)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 10:00 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -151 / Vancouver Canucks +137 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSWHD, CBC
The Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings meet late Saturday night in a NHL matchup at the STAPLES Center.
The Vancouver Canucks look to remain hot after a 4-0 start to the season when they take the road for the first time. The Canucks are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 6.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Daniel Sedin leads Vancouver with two goals, Brandon Sutter has three assists and Bo Horvat has five shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 1.5 goals per game and are killing 91.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up five goals on 73 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed zero goals on 25 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have now won eight of their last 10 regular season games overall.
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The Los Angeles Kings look for a nice home win to dig themselves out of a rough 1-3 start to the season. The Kings are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Tanner Pearson leads Los Angeles with three goals, Jeff Carter has three assists and Tyler Toffoli has 14 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 76.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Peter Budaj has given up three goals on 29 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has allowed 10 goals on 62 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed 13 goals in their last three games and defense is clearly going to be an issue with Jonathan Quick out with a groin injury.
The Canucks are 2-7 in their last 9 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Kings are 0-5 in their last 5 home games and 3-8 in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest. The Canucks are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Los Angeles and the under is 16-6-9 in the last 31 meetings.
I'm not laying that type of juice with a Kings team that's lost five straight at home overall, hasn't looked good to start the season and is still without their best goalie. The Canucks have played great hockey in their first few games, granted it was at home, but still. The value is with Vancouver and the plus money, so that's the side I'm on.