Kings vs Canucks Battle in Series Finale
Just two games left in the season as the Los Angeles Kings head north to take on the Vancouver Canucks in their third and final meeting. The Kings have clinched their spot in the playoffs and are coming off a win last night while the Canucks have been eliminated.
The Kings are third in the Pacific Division with 98 points and on a five game winning streak. The Canucks are fifth in the Pacific Division with 89 points.
When Will the Kings Streak End?
The Los Angeles Kings have been playing well lately as they have now increased their winning streak to five games as of last night’s 5-3 win in Seattle. Chasing a sixth straight, they look to finish off the season strong with playoffs right around the corner.
In the last five games, Los Angeles hos managed to score 17 goals for 3.40 goals scored per game. This is a boost compared to their season average of 2.85 which is 20th in the league. Phillip Danault has helped his team on this streak by scoring four goals in the last five games and continues to add to his career high in goals with 27.
With Cal Petersen likely stepping in to give Jonathan Quick a break from starting five straight, the Kings will need to pick up the slack on defense as he has allowed 19 goals in his last five starts for a GAA of 3.80. This doesn’t help him or his team as he has a GAA of 2.90 on the season. If Quick gets the start, it will be his sixth straight start and seventh in 10 games.
Canucks Look to End Season on a High Note
Although they were eliminated officially, the Vancouver Canucks have continued to play hard these final games. In their last 10 games, they have a record of 7-2-1 and 2-2-1 in their last five games.
As a team, they have been scoring plenty of goals, now 20 in the last five games for an average of 4.00 goals scored per game. Elias Pettersson helped his team with five goals scored in the last five games and now leads the team with 32 goals on the year. Team point leader JT Miller has also continued his outstanding season with six points in the last five games for 97 points on the year.
In the defensive zone, the Canucks have struggled lately as they have allowed 19 goals in the last five games for a GAA of 3.80 but just 26 in their last 10 games. With backup Jaroslav Halak out for the year and Thatcher Demko day-to-day, the Canucks will likely need to rely on Spencer Martin who has been impressive in his four starts this season with a 2-0-2 record and a 1.69 GAA. He stepped in last game against the Kraken for a 5-2 win.
Kings vs Canucks Head-to-Head
The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks have played each other two previous times this year, both in December. The two games were split with a 4-0 win at home for the Canucks in Coach Bruce Boudreau’s debut and a 2-1 win at home for the Kings to end the Canucks eight-game winning streak at the time.
The Canucks were the favorites in the first meeting while the Kings were the favorites in game two of the season. The over/under for both games was set at 5.5 and went under both games.
Kings vs Canucks Game Information
- Game: Kings (43-27-10) vs Canucks (39-30-11)
- Location: Rogers Arena
- Day/Time: Thursday, April 28th, 10:00 p.m. ET
- Kings vs Canucks Live stream: NHL.TV
Kings vs Canucks Betting Lines
Kings vs Canucks Prediction
The current NHL betting for tonight’s Kings vs Canucks matchup has the Vancouver Canucks as moneyline favorites at -150. If Demko can’t play, Spencer Martin will likely start and the Canucks will be looking for him to stay consistent in net with his 1.69 GAA as they face a team who is 20th in goal scoring. With the Kings coming off a back-to-back night of games, the Canucks will want to take advantage. The Canucks are the team to roll with tonight.
Head to BetUS Sportsbook and take the Canucks ML (-150) as they have the fresher legs.