Los Angeles Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks Free Prediction

Rogers Arena will be hosting a Pacific Division showdown as the Los Angeles Kings come into town to face the Vancouver Canucks. The first puck drops at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 23, and it can be caught live on Sportsnet Pacific.

Los Angeles Kings at Vancouver Canucks Odds

With a moneyline of -120, Los Angeles enters the matchup as the favorite. The line for Vancouver sits at +100, and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -135 under, +115 over.

Los Angeles is 25-22 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.7 units for moneyline bettors this year. 24 of its contests have gone under the total, while 20 have gone over and just three have pushed. As the away team in 2017-18, the Kings are 13-10 SU.

Los Angeles has converted on 18.7 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, it has the second-best penalty kill in the league, and it’s successfully killed off a whopping 86.7 percent of all penalties.

The Kings, as a collective unit, have been penalized 4.1 times per game this season, 4.2 per game over its last five matchups total, and 4.0 per game over its last five road outings. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays an unhealthy 14.6 minutes per game over their last five outings.

Averaging 27.8 saves per game with a .924 save percentage, Jonathan Quick (20-18-2) has been the best option in goal for Los Angeles this year. If it chooses to give him a rest, however, the team could roll with Darcy Kuemper (5-6-3), who has a .931 save percentage and 2.21 goals against average this year.

Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown will both lead the offensive attack for the visiting Kings. Kopitar has 48 points via 18 goals and 30 assists, and has recorded two or more points 12 times. Brown has 15 goals and 18 assists to his name (and has notched a point in 22 games).

On the other bench, Vancouver is 18-29 straight up (SU) and has lost 5.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. 26 of its contests have gone over the total, while 21 have gone under and none have pushed. This year, the teams 7-15 SU at home.

The Canucks have converted on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s good enough for ninth-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 26th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 77.8 percent of all opponent power plays.

Canucks players have been penalized 3.8 times per game in total this season, and 2.2 per game over their last five outings. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 6.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Jacob Markstrom has stopped 26.3 shots per game as the primary selection in goal for the Canucks. Markstrom has 12 wins, 22 losses, and five overtime losses to his name and has registered a mediocre 2.76 goals against average and a fairly-weak .908 save percentage this year.

The home team offense will be led by Brock Boeser (22 goals, 19 assists).

Los Angeles Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks Betting Picks

Predictions: SU Winner – Canucks, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • Vancouver is 0-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while Los Angeles is 2-0 in shootouts.
  • The under has hit in three of Vancouver’s last five outings.
  • Six of Vancouver’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals. The club is 2-4 overall in those games.
  • Los Angeles skaters have accounted for the third-most hits in the league (25.6 per game).