Vancouver Canucks vs. Los Angeles Kings Prediction, NHL Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Dec 30, 2021

Tanner Pearson, Vancouver Canucks, 2021

The Canucks are 5-1 in their last six games in Los Angeles.

Vancouver
40-30-7-5
AT
December 30, 2021, 10:30 PM ET
Staples Center
Los Angeles
44-27-7-4
Puckline +1.5 -212
Moneyline +116
Over / Under o +5.5

67%

Betting Action

33%

Puckline -1.5 +176
Moneyline -140
Over / Under u +5.5

67%

Betting Action

33%

Two of the cellar-dwellers in the Pacific Division will square off on Thursday when the Vancouver Canucks visit the Los Angeles Kings. However, at a closer look, both teams have played much better of late.

The Canucks started with just six wins in their first 22 games but they’re now riding a seven-game winning streak going into Thursday’s affair. As for the Kings, they had lost seven of eight but have since gone 5-4 in their last nine games. Which team is the best bet in this spot?

Canucks vs. Kings NHL Betting Odds

The Canucks find themselves in a back-to-back spot here but that’s not a position where they thrive. They are just 15-37 in their last 52 when playing on zero days’ rest. They’re also just 4-11 in their last 15 when playing their third game in four nights.

As for the Kings, they are just 3-7 in their last 10 home games. They are also just 1-4 in their last five against teams with a losing record. If there is a positive, it’s that the home team has won four of the last five meetings in this series.

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks were one of the worst teams in the NHL just a few weeks ago but they’re now one of the hottest. After starting 6-14-2, they have since reeled off wins in eight of their last nine. The question is how will they respond after their long layoff? Did that cool them down?

The Canucks are cooking thanks to an offense that’s come to life. Prior to this hot spell, the Canucks had scored just 18 goals in their previous 10 games. They’re averaging just under double that (3.0 goals per game) over their last eight contests.

A big key to Thursday’s game is likely to be who is in net for the Canucks. Thatcher Demko – the team’s top netminder – was in net on Wednesday night, so this being a back-to-back, we’re likely to see Jaroslav Halak on Thursday. That’s a disadvantage for the Canucks as Halak has just one win in six starts this season with a 2.88 GAA.

Los Angeles Kings

The Kings have been a middling team this season and it’s mostly been to their inconsistent blue line/goaltending. Over his last nine games, goaltender Jonathan Quick has allowed one goal or less in four of the games and allowed three or more in five outings. Delving a bit deeper, Quick has allowed 4.6 goals per game in those shaky outings – all losses – and 0.75 goals per game in the wins. That’s a huge difference. Quick hasn’t faced the Canucks this season and didn’t meet up with them last season either.

However, in the 2019-20 season, Quick did go 0-3-0 against them while posting a 5.41 GAA against them. He’s the key to success here and we’ll probably know early on whether it’s going to be a good night or a bad night.

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