The Los Angeles Kings will try for a second time to close out the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday as those clubs battle on the NHL betting lines in Game 5 of their first-round Western series.
The Canucks cut their series deficit to 3-1 in Game 4 on Wednesday night with a 3-1 home victory. Cory Schneider again got the start for Vancouver in that contest, stopping 43 of 44 Kings shots.
Vancouver will face the 40-27-15 Kings. In totals betting, the Canucks are 35-37-10 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Kings are 23-43-16 favoring the OVER.
The Kings were listed as +175 underdogs on the hockey moneyline at many online sportsbooks inclusing TopBet. The total was set at 5 before betting started earlier on Monday.
The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Canucks rated this week at No. 4 and the Kings sitting at No. 10.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Vancouver's No. 4-ranked offense (3 goals per game) against a Kings defense that ranks No. 2 at 2.2 goals per game allowed. The Canucks powerplay has clicked at a 19.8% rate while the Kings have a 87% rate on the penalty kill.
The Canucks were a 3-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Kings. That made winners of bettors who got Vancouver at +100 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for UNDER bettors.
Los Angeles Kings Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Dallas are 5-5
After playing Vancouver are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4
Vancouver Canucks Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing San Jose are 7-3
After playing Los Angeles are 5-5
After a win are 6-4
A few Kings at Canucks trends to consider:
Los Angeles is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Vancouver
Los Angeles is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games
Los Angeles is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Los Angeles is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Vancouver
Vancouver is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
Vancouver is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Vancouver's last 6 games at home
Vancouver is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Los Angeles home to Vancouver, Tuesday, April 24