NHL Picks: Canucks vs. Kings Betting Preview

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, November 9, 2013 7:50 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Kings host the Vancouver Canucks at the Staples Center on Saturday night with the opening faceoff coming at 10:05 PM ET.

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Saturday 11/9/2013

Vancouver Canucks (11-7) @ Los Angeles Kings (10-6)

According to NHL betting odds the Kings are a -115 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.0. These two clubs haven’t seen any of their last 8 meetings go over the total.

Road Warriors

The Vancouver Canucks have been a very good road team so far this season. The Canucks are 7-4 versus the money line on the road, including winning 4 of the last 5, and they’ve earned 16 of 22-points that were possible in those 11-games. This will be the Canucks 3rd game of a 4-game road trip. They split the first 2-games on the trip losing in an overtime shootout 3-2 at Phoenix on Tuesday, and then defeating the San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Thursday. The Canucks Henrik Sedin is 3rd in the NHL with 20-points just 3 behind the league leader Sidney Crosby. Sedin leads the NHL with 17 assists.

Inside the Canucks Numbers

  • The Canucks are just 4-9 in their last 13-games versus Western Conference opponents.
  • The Canucks are a dismal 1-9 in their last 10-games versus an opponent that allowed 2-goals or less in their previous game.
  • The Canucks are 35-16 in their last 51-games versus an opponent that scored 2-goals or less in their previous game.
  • The Canucks have gone over the total once in their last 7-games.
  • The Canucks have gone over the total in just 14 of their last 52-games following a win.
  • The Canucks have gone over the total in just 6 of their last 31-games versus an opponent that scored 2-goals or less in their previous game.

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Hail to the Kings

This will be the 4th and final game of a 4-game home stand for the Kings that’s seen them go 2-1 thus far. They’ve also had the luxury of the current home stand stretching over a 12 day period. They come off a 2-0 shutout win over the struggling Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. Jonathan Quick stopped all 19 shots on goal to earn his first shutout of the season. Mike Richards had a goal and an assist in the game to pace the winners. The Kings power play has been solid this season converting on 22.6% of their chances, which ranks 6th in the NHL. Los Angeles has done a very good job of controlling territorial play so far in 2013-2014. They’re 4th in the NHL averaging 32.6 shots on goal per game, and have allowed the opposition an average of 25.8 shots on goal per contest ranking 3rd in the league.

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Inside the Kings Numbers

  • The Kings have gone an outstanding 46-14 in their last 60 home games.
  • The Kings are 6-1 in their last 7-games following a game they scored 2-goals or less.
  • The Kings are just 2-7 in their last 9-games after allowing 2-goals or less in their previous game.
  • The Kings are just 4-9 in their last 13-games following a win.
  • The Kings have gone under the total in 8 of their last 10-games versus Pacific Division opponents.
  • The Kings have gone over the total in just 6 of their last 21-games following a game they allowed 2-goals or less.

NHL Super Systems

  • Any team that comes off a home shutout win, and has a winning record in the first half of the season is 78-30 (72.2%) on the money line since the beginning of the 2009-2010 season.
  • Any home team playing on a Saturday versus an opponent coming off a road win versus a division foe is 51-18 (73.9%) on the money line since the beginning of the 2009-2010 season.

Free Pick: Kings -155 over the Canucks