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Los Angeles Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks - 3/4/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Vancouver Canucks (26-30-7) at Los Angeles Kings (31-27-6)
Date & Time Saturday March 4, 2017, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -270 / Vancouver Canucks +220 --- Over/Under: 5
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NHL hockey comes to the Staples Center when the Vancouver Canucks visit the Los Angeles Kings.

The Vancouver Canucks have not had a good season with wins being hard to come by while players are being traded and illness is  running through the locker room. That being said, the Canucks played about as well as can be expected in a 3-1 defeat at SAP Center and a very good San Jose Sharks club on Thursday night. The Canucks offense came off the stick of Bo Horvat while Ryan Miller was charged  with all three goals on 32 shots as the team lost their 5th game in six. The Sharks fell behind 1-0 before heading to the third with a 3-1 lead thanks to goals from Marcus Sorensen, Logan Couture and Mikkel Boedker with Aaron Dell recording 17 stops for win number eight on the season.

The Los  Angeles Kings are needing every point they can get in order to stay afloat in the postseason conversation. The Kings did just that late Thursday night with a 3-2, shootout victory versus the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. Anze Kopitar saved the Kings with the only goal in the shootout while he and Tanner Pearson erased a 2-0 third period deficit with goals just a 1:30 apart.  Jonathan Quick stood tall between the pipes with 29 saves as the LAK are a single point ahead for the second Wild Card. The Maple Leafs received goals from Nikita Zaitsev and Tyler Bozak with Frederik Andersen absorbing the loss despite 33 saves as Toronto dropped their 4th consecutive game. 

The under is 2-0-3 in Canucks last 5 overall and Canucks are 0-5 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game while the Canucks are 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The under is 1-0-3 in Kings last 4 home games and the Kings are 0-4 in their last 4 games following a win while the over is 2-0-2 in Kings last 4 games following a win. The home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and the  Canucks are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Los Angeles while the under is 8-3-5 in the last 16 meetings.

The Kings have been strong at home versus the Canucks and the under has been solid so I lean Los Angeles until goalies are announced…

Pick:
Los Angeles -1 // will update

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