Solid Betting Trend Makes 'Under' The NHL Pick In Canucks vs. Kings

Dana Lane

Monday, March 7, 2016 2:53 PM GMT

Monday, Mar. 7, 2016 2:53 PM GMT

The Canucks are thinking about the next season a lot more than the current one, but The Kings think about a long Stanley Cup playoff run. Check the NHL odds for perspectives.

The Kings
Where has the Kings offense gone? They have finally relinquished the lead in the Pacific to the Anaheim Ducks which happens when you score 17 goals in your last 10 games. 

Jonathan Quick will start in goal for the Kings. Quick has been anything but posting a 3.05 goals against average with a .864 save percentage in his last three starts. I expect a much better effort now the Kings are the chaser in the division, especially against the horrible Canucks who he owns a 1.64 GAA against in their past 13 meetings, including two shutouts while not allowing more than two goals. In their last meeting Quick had 27 saves in a 5-0 blanking of the Canucks in December, the Kings 9th win in 13 meetings.

 

The Canucks
Those numbers might get even better because Vancouver hasn't scored more than two goals in eight of their last 11 games. A reflection of the Canucks inability to draw penalties. Their power play unit is solid but when you only have the man advantage 11 times in six games it's going to be difficult to put up big offensive numbers. Look at the NHL picks too see if the Canucks are part of the top teams.

There are some questions as to whether Henrik Sedin is 100%. He left Saturday's game with an upper body injury after taking a forearm from the Sharks, Brett Burns. If he doesn't play it's difficult to replace a guy who has 48 points in 58 games. His set up skills will be missed which are some of the best in the game.

Then there is the issue of the team welcoming back Dan Hamhuis who was supposed to be moved at the All-Star break but wasn't. We never think about how a player feels after management basically says we don't want you here anymore. He's a guy who clearly is a defensemen only. He will give you very little offense which is obvious with his one goal on the year. 

Radim Vrbata may be back in the lineup for Vancouver after dealing with a lower body injury. Not a guy who's going to score allot while supporting his -32. He's is a top 6 forward if that gives you any indication how bad their offense is. To me he is a offensive liability. 

Jannik Hansen, one of their best two-way player also will be out after suffering a rib injury. Emerson Etam took his spot in the line-up. Etam is a guy with a big body but is never consistent from game to game.

 

Betting Analysis
A solid trend is Vancover playing inside their division has produced 32 of 52 have gone 'under' with 6 'pushes'.  

For me this looks like the classic 'under' with the Canucks potentially having some internal issues with their handling of the deadline and their injuries. A lack of cohesion does not lead to offensive explosions. Check the NHL odds boards for guidance in this topic. 

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Free NHL Pick: Under 5 
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes 

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