Los Angeles Kings (39-25-14) at Vancouver Canucks (45-29-5)
|Date & Time||Monday April 6, 2015, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Vancouver Canucks / Los Angeles Kings --- Over/Under:
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It’s incredible to think that a club that’s as good as the Los Angeles Kings might not make the playoffs.
For a club that has been as successful as the Kings it’s understandable that a lot of the roster has a hard time getting up for some of these games during the regular season. Still, when you see what they were able to do to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night, it’s really hard to believe that they are still fighting for a berth.
Los Angeles held the Avalanche to just 10 shots on goal for the entire game. That type of defensive ability to shut another club down is virtually unheard of in this day and age but the Kings seem to do it almost regularly.
Jonathan Quick actually allowed a goal on the 10 shots but thanks to Dwight King’s 12th goal of the season in the opening period it only allowed Colorado to tie the game. Alec Martinez snapped the tie midway through the second period with his sixth goal of the year, and Marian Gaborik finished the scoring in the 3-1 win with his 26th of the year.
The Kings currently find themselves tied with the Winnipeg Jets for the final playoff spot, but Los Angeles holds the tiebreaker. Finishing in this position would ensure a first round match up with the rival Anaheim Ducks, which would be plenty of fun for everyone not a fan of those teams to watch.
The Kings will have a chance to move to within one point of the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night if they’re able to beat them in regulation. That would give Los Angeles another possibility of getting into the post season if they can’t hold onto the wild card.
Vancouver is coming off a difficult loss in Winnipeg on Saturday afternoon in a game where they just didn’t play well enough defensively. The Jets led 2-0 in the first before Vancouver got goals from Henrik and Daniel Sedin to tie the score. Unfortunately, just 36 seconds later the Jets jumped back in front.
Alexandrew Burrows added two goals for the Canucks but it wasn’t enough as Eddie Lack allowed five goals on 36 shots in the 5-4 defeat. The news on Ryan Miller looks good for him potentially getting into the last game of the season against the Edmonton Oilers, but don’t expect to see him on Monday against the Kings.
Vancouver was able to go into the Staples Center recently and pick up a big win over the Kings. The Canucks were probably hoping that by the time they played the Kings again that Los Angeles would be out of it, but that isn’t the case. The Kings just seem to find a way and knowing them they’ll be able to do it again in this one.