Canucks on the road at Staples Center
The Vancouver Canucks will be looking for their first win of the season over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night as the Western Conference clubs hit the ice at the Staples Center.
The Kings topped the Canucks 5-1 as a -111 home favorite on the NHL betting lines in their first meeting of the season on November 9, then grabbed a 3-2 win on the road in Vancouver when the teams last met in NHL odds action on November 25.
The Kings sport a record of 25-13-4 heading into this matchup, while the Canucks sit at 23-12-7 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 12-19-11 for the Kings and 12-23-7 for the Canucks.
This game matches up the No. 10 (Kings) and the No. 5 (Canucks) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.
The Canucks were a 4-2 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Lightning. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at +144 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for OVER bettors.
Los Angeles was a 5-0 loser in its last match on the road against the Blues. They lost as +125 underdogs, while the total score of 5 made winners of PUSH bettors.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 17-ranked offense (2.62 goals per game) against a Canucks defense that ranks No. 7 at 2.4 goals per game allowed. The Kings powerplay has clicked at a 15.49% rate while the Canucks have a 89.15% rate on the penalty kill.
Vancouver at Anaheim, Sunday, January 5th
Los Angeles home to Minnesota, Tuesday, January 7th