Vancouver Canucks at Los Angeles Kings
|Date & Time||Thursday February 14, 2019, 10:30 PM (EST)|
Los Angeles, California
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +112 / Los Angeles Kings -137 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings meet Thursday in NHL action at the Staples Center.
The Vancouver Canucks could use a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 16.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 25 goals, Bo Horvat has 24 assists and Brock Boeser has 136 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 119 goals on 1,328 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed three goals on 39 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in five of their last eight games.
The Los Angeles Kings look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 15.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles with 17 goals, Drew Doughty has 26 assists and Dustin Brown has 115 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing three goals per game and are killing 75.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 88 goals on 870 shots faced and Jack Campbell has allowed 34 goals on 505 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 11 games.
The Canucks are 19-41 in their last 60 road games, 1-4 in their last 5 games as an underdog and 2-11 in their last 13 games playing on 0 days rest. The Kings are 5-11 in their last 16 games as a favorite, 3-9 in their last 12 Thursday games and 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a losing record. The under is 5-1 in Canucks last 6 road games. The over is 7-1 in Kings last 8 overall. The road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
The Vancouver Canucks continue to pile up the losses and have scored a combined two goals in their last seven periods. Playing on the end of a back-to-back likely isn't going to help those struggles when you factor in their lack of success in those spots. The Los Angeles Kings haven't been the most consistent team in the world, but they've been decent enough defensively and have a rest advantage along with the home ice edge. The Kings have to be the play here, even if it's more of a fade toward the Canucks than anything else.