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L.A. Kings vs. Canucks Game 1 betting odds and handicapping preview

Let the Canucks postseason fun begin!

Two preseason favorites to represent the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup Finals meet in Round 1 of the NHL playoffs on Wednesday night having taken completely different paths to the postseason. Round 1 will be the President’s Cup winning Vancouver Canucks versus the season long underachievers.

Los Angeles Kings at Vancouver Canucks
When: 10:30 PM ET, Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Broadcast: CBC, NBCSN, RDS, KCOP-13 (HD)
Kings vs. Canucks Betting Lines from Bodog
Spread: Canucks -1 ½ (+185)
Moneyline: Kings +146: Canucks -161
Over/Under: 5 goals
*NHL ATS Matchup Report*

While Vancouver all but sewed up their playoff positioning a few months ago, the Kings needed that last game to decide their playoff status.

The Kings and the Canucks have a history of playing each other very tough – needless to say Game 1 will be interesting!

The Los Angeles Kings stumbled into the playoffs with one of the worst offenses in the NHL.

But the goal scoring down the stretch was actually decent – the Kings averaged three goals per game after the arrival of Jeff Carter. Carter has missed the last five games but is apparently on track to join Mike Richards, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown on an offensive unit that should be a good test for the Canucks.

The numbers in this case do lie – Los Angeles is far more potent than their 29th ranking suggests. Justin Williams has four points in his last two games, Anze Kopitar has 11 points in six games and Dustin Brown has five points in four.

Make no mistake about it however; defense and goaltending have been the Kings strength all season long. Jonathan Quick is a Vezina Trophy candidate for a reason – held the league in shutouts with 10 and he was second in goals against average (1.95).

He will certainly give the Canucks sputtering and recently inconsistent offense fits!

The Vancouver Canucks enter Wednesday’s game having won eight of nine games overall and having won their last seven games at Rogers Arena. A huge question mark is still the availability of Daniel Sedin who practiced Monday but was nowhere to be seen on Tuesday.

The Canucks have the sixth ranked offense in the NHL and possibly the deepest offensive core in the game. We all know what the Sedins can do and we all know that Ryan Kesler can turn it on at any time.

But perhaps the biggest difference maker on Wednesday night will be the third line – the Kings likely won’t have an answer for Jannik Hansen (three points in three games), Chris Higgins (five goals in seven games) and Sammy Paulsson.

If Maxim Lapierre moves back to the fourth line, Vancouver will have legitimate threats on all four of their offensive trios.

Kings vs. Canucks

Los Angeles Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks Betting Lines & Handicapping

The biggest question mark ahead of Game 1 is Roberto Luongo. He did record a shutout in the last game of the season but to think that the fans are confident ahead of Wednesday’s game is ridiculous.

What the Canucks have going for them is perhaps the best backup in the game.

Cory Schneider will be ready to take the ice at any sign of Lou’s struggles. He is 4-2-0 with a sparkling 1.25 goals against average in his last six games.

Dave’s won’t cost you anything Game 1 Kings vs. Canucks Betting Prediction

The Vancouver Canucks have won Game 1 in eight straight playoff series’ and 10 straight Game 1s on home ice. The Kings are 3-8 in their last 11 trips to Rogers Arena.

One thing we know for sure is that Wednesday’s game is likely to be a low scoring affair. The Canucks won the season series 2-1-1 and there were just 15 goals scored in the four contests combined.

Another fact is that the Canucks enter the playoffs playing very well while the Kings have been just average down the stretch.

Take the Canucks in Game 1 but don’t expect a cake walk!

Pick: Vancouver Canucks -161

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

Henrik Sedin Number of Points
Line = 1.5 Over (2.00) | Under (1.35)

Ryan Kesler Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (2.00) | Under (1.35)

Alex Burrows Penalty Minutes
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Anze Kopitar Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (2.10) | Under (1.30)

Drew Doughty Number of Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Los Angeles Shots on Goal
Line = 31.5 Over (1.55) | Under (1.70)

Los Angeles Number of Power Play Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Vancouver Shots on Goal
Line = 31.5 Over (1.55) | Under (1.70)

Vancouver Number of Power Play Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.55) | Under (1.70)

Kevin Bieksa Number of Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

Dan Hamhuis Number of Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)

Chris Higgins Number of Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

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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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  • http://theflyingv.com/ Kevin Vanstone

    It surely won’t be a cake walk, but I like the Canucks in Game One as well. I also love the under bet tonight, 5 is generous. 

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