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NHL Betting: Coyotes, Canucks

Vancouver is the class of the NHL right now and they are big home favorites in Friday night hockey betting action against the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Canucks (-200 at Sportsbook.ag) have already clinched a postseason berth and host a Phoenix team that is still fighting to stay in a playoff position. The Coyotes could finish out of the playoffs altogether, and at +180 could be worth a gamble with the big road underdog potential.

Phoenix must play with desperation down the stretch, but will they be one of those teams that get wins when they count? And doing that against the league’s top team is another matter. Vancouver is 8-2 in its last 10 and has just seven regulation losses at home this season.

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Vancouver is an astonishing 39-19 when labelled as a favorite, and at home that payout expectation should increase. There isn’t one meaningful statistic that gives an edge to the Coyotes, and the NHL betting lines should heat up with Vancouver getting the lion’s share of attention from bettors in this contest.

Getting a win against the Canucks is something the Coyotes did in the team’s season opener, but it’s the Canucks who have since won back-to-back and outscored the Coyotes 10-3 in those two victories.

Totals bettors might like the OVER bet with the way Daniel and Henrik Sedin are piling up points for the Canucks, not to mention the past two head-to-head have sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Anaheim will meet Los Angeles in a Pacific matchup featuring two teams from a division where all five teams are in playoff contention. The Kings were 20-11-2 at home as of Thursday and will be likely favorites for this late Saturday night NHL betting matchup.

Los Angeles is playing some of its best hockey, and while fourth in the Western Conference there is a chance they could still be on the outside come playoff time. With four wins in their last five games and a strong record at home, the Kings will be the popular choice on the NHL betting lines.

The Kings have won two of three against the Ducks this season, including their only game at Staples Center. Anaheim has kept themselves in contention with three wins in their last four games and expectations are for a close game. Anything can happen in a tight contest, and a wager for the road underdog Ducks could be a good prospect.

The Ducks are 20-20 as an underdog this season.

All three head-to-head meetings this season have made winners of UNDER bettors in totals wagering.