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Canucks vs. Kings - 1/1/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Kings (18-12-8) at Vancouver Canucks (21-11-3)
Date & Time Thursday January 1, 2015, 10:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -125 / Los Angeles Kings +113 --- Over/Under: 5
TV Channel
FSWHD, SPNET
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NHL | Los Angeles Kings (18-12-8) at Vancouver Canucks (21-11-3)
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The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks play Thursday night at the Rogers Arena.

The Los Angeles Kings have lost six of their last nine games and end a three-game road trip. The Kings are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Los Angeles Kings have seven power play goals in their last five games and have won five of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals overall. Tyler Toffoli leads the Kings with 12 goals, Jeff Carter has 18 assists and Anze Kopitar has 63 shots on goal. Defensively, the Kings are allowing 2.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last five games. Martin Jones has allowed 15 goals on 190 shots faced and Jonathan Quick has given up 71 goals on 890 shots. The Kings have lost five straight on the road.

The Vancouver Canucks have won three of their last four games and are hanging strong in the Pacific. The Canucks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Vancouver Canucks have scored four power play goals in their last four games and have won five of their last six games when scoring at least three goals overall. Radim Vrbata leads the Canucks with 14 goals, Daniel Sedin has 23 assists and Nick Bonino has 74 shots on goal. Defensively, the Canucks are allowing 2.7 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last seven games. Ryan Miller has allowed 64 goals on 711 shots faced and Eddie Lack has given up 25 goals on 297 shots.

The Kings are 0-5 in their last 5 road games and 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games. The Canucks are 13-4 in their last 17 games playing on 1 days rest and 15-6 in their last 21 vs. a team with a losing record. The Kings are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

Until the Kings can show they can win on the road, they have to be fade material. Give me the Canucks on their home ice for the cheap price. 

Pick:
Vancouver Canucks -125

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