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Kings Canucks Betting Predictions – Canucks Look To Bounce Out Of Funk Versus Kings Saturday

Posted by Don Melrose on 2/27/2013 5:44:32 PM

Consistency has alluded the Vancouver Canucks this season. After back-to-back losses to the Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes, the Canucks will try to find a way to bounce back when they host the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Vancouver was outscored 12-5 in their most recent losses, and followed up last year’s playoff elimination at the hands of the Kings with a 3-2 shootout loss to Los Angeles earlier in the year. Rebounding from their current slide won’t be easy, but the Canucks won’t feel a ton of pressure just yet with some breathing room in the division.

Los Angeles Kings @ Vancouver Canucks
Saturday March 2, 2013 – 10:00 PM ET
Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
NHL Sportsbook Line: Vancouver – 130

The Kings on the other hand have bounced back from a slow start to win four-straight, and are suddenly right there on the outside looking in to the playoff picture. Los Angeles started slow last season before coming on strong late and making the postseason as the eighth-seed, and it could be a case of deja-vu from what we have seen so far.

NHL Betting Preview: Los Angeles Kings

The addition of Jeff Carter late last season helped provide the secondary scoring the Kings needed to make the playoffs, and while they have struggled to score early on this year, there have been signs the team is on the verge of breaking out. Los Angeles is 4-1-1 at home, and while they have struggled on the road, a 5-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks is the perfect illustration of their scoring ability. Carter has 10 goals but just two assists, and could use some help from Mike Richards in the scoring department. Meanwhile, Jonathan Quick and the defense has settled down following a shaky start, and should only improve.

NHL Betting Preview: Vancouver Canucks

Welcoming back Ryan Kesler to the lineup was supposed to give the Canucks a more balanced attack, and you have to wonder how long this core group can continue to push forward if they continue to struggle. The Sedin brothers have held their own once again up front with a combined 38 points to lead Vancouver, but the secondary scoring has been sporadic, and Alex Edler is third on the team with 12 points. The tandem of Roberto Luongo and Corey Schneider has split starts this season, with Luongo putting up the better numbers at 5-1-3 with a 2.11 goals against average. Luongo should be back in goal for this one, and needs to be better after allowing eight goals in his last sports betting start.

NHL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

This will be a key online betting contest for the Canucks for many reasons, including the chance to snap out of their current funk, and the ability to prove they can beat the Kings. Vancouver has struggled with consistency all season and isn’t out of the woods, but a big win over Los Angeles in front of their home fans will be a step in the right direction.

NHL Betting Pick: Vancouver Canucks

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