Los Angeles Kings (25-17-5) at Vancouver Canucks (18-23-6)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 23, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +108 / Los Angeles Kings -119 --- Over/Under: 5.5
Tuesday night NHL action features the Los Angeles Kings visiting the Vancouver Canucks.
The Los Angeles Kings know it’s never too early to fight for playoff position and that’s what the team is doing now. Los Angeles is 4th in the Pacific and hoping a long hot streak is in the making after a 4-2 win versus the New York Rangers snapped six game slide. New York began the game well with a 2-0 lead after one with goals from David Deshanais and Jimmy Vesey but nothing went favorably the rest of the way.
The struggling Kings attack finally showed life with a three goal burst in the second period with Jake Muzzin, Michael Amadio and Tanner Pearson each scoring on the power play before Trevor Lewis hit the empty net. Drew Doughty and Alec Martinez each added a pair of assists and Jonathan Quick stopped 21 shots for the Kings. Henrik Lundqvist took the loss for New York with 26 saves.
The Vancouver Canucks need a dramatic reversal of fortunes if the team is to challenge for the postseason. Vancouver is 7th in the Pacific defeats in seven of ten where both their scoring and defense have been struggling. The Canucks come off of a 1-0 loss at the Winnipeg Jets in a winnable game thanks to their defense.
Canucks goaltender Anders Nilsson was outstanding in defeat with 35 saves to fall to 6-8-1. Patrik Laine scored the only goal of the game at 11:45 of the first period on assists from Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor while Connor Hellebuyck earned the win for Winnipeg with 29 saves for his 4th shutout.
Kings are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and Kings are 8-1 in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400 and Kings are 1-6 in their last 7 overall. Over is 7-1 in Canucks last 8 vs. Pacific and under is 4-1 in Canucks last 5 vs. a team with a winning record and Canucks are 1-4 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game. Road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and under is 5-1-4 in the last 10 meetings in Vancouver and under is 19-9-9 in the last 37 meetings.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see a 5-4 game here but the way both have been scoring the under is the play…