The Kings, led by a lethal power play, will try to take a three-games-to-one lead after Monday night’s 5-3 Kings victory. Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson have been the Kings’ distant shining future on defense ever since the club acquired the pair of top-three draft betting picks a few years ago. After watching these youngsters run Los Angeles’ power play during their first three playoff games, it’s undeniable the Kings’ future has already arrived — and it’s equally obvious the Canucks have little future themselves unless they figure out how to stop the Kings’ dynamic defensive duo.
Although the Canucks special teams play has been largely awful, NHL scoring champion Henrik Sedin exhibited no panic. The Canucks won the Northwest Division, finished in a tie for the league’s fifth-best regular-season hockey betting record with the Sedins performing as the NHL’s best line for most of the season. “We’re confident in ourselves, even after a couple of losses,” said Henrik Sedin, who has three assists. “We realize we just have to execute, because we’ve done it before. The penalty killing has to improve, and the power play has to be more active and more effective. Once we get that done, we’ll be all right.”
The Canucks are slight 54.2 percent favorites over the Kings. The Canucks are favored as they have a +2 edge in shots on goal and are projected for 30 shots on goal vs 28 shots for the Kings. The Kings goalie(s) have the edge in save percentage at 90.2% compared to the Canucks goalie(s) who have a forecasted save percentage of 90.3%.
SBG Global have the lines at present for the Canucks -1 ½ (+250) and the Kings +1 ½(-300) and the Total –Over 5(-140) the Under 5(+120) and the Canucks are -120 and the Kings are Even on the MoneyLine.
The Canucks: 49-28-5
The Kings: 46-27-9
The Canucks lately:
While playing on Wednesday’s they are 6-4
Before playing San Jose they were 6-4
After playing the Kings they are 5-5
After a loss they are 7-3
The Kings lately:
While playing on Wednesday’s they are 3-7
Before playing Dallas they were 3-7
After playing the Canucks they are 6-4
After a win they are 3-7