Kings vs. Canucks Betting Odds & Handicapping Preview Jan. 16

A Sutter is coming…

The Vancouver Canucks will attempt to rebound from one of their worst efforts in over a month when they host the Los Angeles Kings on a busy night of NHL action Tuesday night.

Los Angeles Kings (22-15-9) at Vancouver Canucks (28-15-3)
When: 10:00 PM ET, Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Broadcast: FS-W (HD), SNET-P (HD)
Kings vs. Canucks Betting Lines from Bodog
Spread: Canucks -1 ½ (+160)
Moneyline: Kings +164: Canucks -181
Over/Under: 5 goals
*NHL ATS Matchup Report*

Vancouver is not immune to the occasional Dud but their effort against Anaheim on Sunday was as Dudly as the fans have seen in a long, long time.

Through half of the game on Sunday, Vancouver had just four, count ‘em four shots on Jonas Hiller. The Los Angeles Kings will also be out to avenge a disappointing effort.

They were beaten 2-1 on Sunday by the free-falling Edmonton Oilers.

Despite poor efforts on Sunday, both the Canucks and the Kings have been playing well over the past couple of weeks so Tuesday’s game should be a dandy!

The Los Angeles Kings have transformed from one of the more disappointing teams in the NHL to one on the rise, looking to regain their position as a threat in the Western Conference.

The Kings have just one regulation loss in their last 14 games – 8-1-5 in that stretch and are 7-1-5 under Coach Darryl Sutter. Although goaltending and goals against continue to be the Kings strength, they have shown an ability to put the puck in the net, particularly in the last week or so.

The Los Angeles offense is ranked 29th in the NHL but their goal scoring struggles seem to be working themselves out a little bit. They have scored 14 goals in their last four games – impressive when you consider that they had just one against the Oilers on Sunday.

Anze Kopitar is coming around and has five points in his last three games and Justin Williams has matched him point-for-point.

Mike Richards has two points in two games and Drew Doughty appears to be over his early season struggles and has three points in his last four games.

Kings vs. Canucks

Los Angeles Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks Betting Odds & Preview

Make no mistake about it – goaltending has held this team in the Pacific Division and Western Conference race. Jonathan Quick has allowed two goals or fewer in seven of his last eight starts for the Kings and is 4-1-3 with a 1.22 GAA and a .956 save percentage over that span.

Quick has gone 3-0-2 with a 1.15 goals-against average in his last five road starts.

The Vancouver Canucks were not sharp at all on Sunday night – strangely typical for this team in their first game home after a road trip! Still, Vancouver is an impressive 19-6-2 in their last 27 games and was 3-1-0 on their most recent road trip.

The Canucks managed just 22 shots on a previously shaky Jonas Hiller; they were guilty of frequent turnovers and sloppy play. The energy level was not up to par – something that will not be tolerated two games in a row.

Vancouver’s offense is still deep and talented and the goaltending, when they can get some help is top notch!

The Sedins have been averaging over a point per game over their last 22 games and Alexandre Burrows has 4 goals and an assist in his last 5 games for the Canucks.

Cody Hodgson has been a revelation and all four Vancouver forward lines have contributed at some point in the last couple of weeks. The Vancouver power play has been a tad disappointing but they will get a crack at the Kings penalty kill that has given up four power-play goals on 12 chances in their last three games.

It remains to be seen who will start in goal for Vancouver. Cory Schneider is 8-1-0 with a 1.99 goals against average and a .940 save percentage in his last 11 appearances while Roberto Luongo is 8-4-2 with a 1.98 GAA and .935 save percentage in his last 14 games. Either way, the Canucks can’t go wrong!

Dave’s Free Canucks Betting Predictions

  • The Los Angeles Kings are 5-1-4 in their last 10 games while Vancouver is 6-3-1.
  • Vancouver is 19-8 in their last 27 overall and is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Vancouver.
  • Under is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings in Vancouver.

The Vancouver Canucks have a knack of following up a brutal performance with a very good one – expect much of the same on Tuesday.

To a man, the Canucks were disgusted with their Sunday night performance.

Vancouver will also have revenge for their loss to the Kings in New Year’s Eve. I like Vancouver to bounce back in a big way – they simply don’t lose two in a row on home ice!

Pick: Vancouver Canucks -181

Here are some interesting Player Props for Tuesday’s game:

Drew Doughty Points
line = 0.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

Dan Hamhuis Points
line = 0.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Henrik Sedin Shots on Goal
line = 1.5 Over (1.40) | Under (1.85)

Daniel Sedin Goals
line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Ryan Kesler Goals
line = 0.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Alex Burrows Shots on Goal
line = 2.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Kevin Bieksa Penalty Minutes
line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Los Angeles Shots on Goal
line = 31.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)

Los Angeles Power Play Goals
line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Cody Hodgson Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

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About Dave B

Dave B is from Beautiful BC. A Fantasy Football writer for 10+ years. A gambler, and a sucker for an early Vegas line. Loves to bet on the NHL, and NFL. A couch potato wannabe, BC Lions, Canucks, & Seahawks fan. Hope’s for world peace + global relaxation.
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  • yeah I like the Canucks in this one. They’ll respond to Sunday’s game and pull out a win, but LA won’t roll over at the same time.

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