L.A. Kings vs. Canucks Game 2 betting odds and handicapping preview Apr. 13

Canucks in for a fight in Game 2 Friday Night

For those of you that thought the Vancouver Canucks first round series with the Los Angeles Kings was going to be easy got a glimpse of why they were wrong when a talented Kings team stole Game 1 from the Canucks.

Los Angeles Kings at Vancouver Canucks
When: 10:00 PM ET, Friday, April 13, 2012
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Broadcast: CBC, NBCSN, RDS, KCOP-13 (HD)
Kings lead series 1-0
Kings vs. Canucks Betting Lines from Bodog
Spread: Canucks -1 ½ (+175)
Moneyline: Kings +156: Canucks -172
Over/Under: 5 goals
*NHL ATS Matchup Report*

Vancouver fell victim to penalty troubles, issues converting on the power play and a lack of flow due to the Kings aggressiveness.

The pressure is on the Canucks in Game 2 – now it’s time for the President’s Trophy winners to respond!

The Los Angeles Kings played about as well as they could have in Game 1 – matching the intensity of Vancouver and taking the play to them for the majority of the game.

The Kings statistically were one of the worst offensive teams during the regular season but as shown on Wednesday night, they are a much different team that the one that started the season with little offensive explosion.

Los Angeles benefitted hugely from Vancouver’s lack of discipline – two goals on eight power play chances was the difference, not only on the score board but also in the momentum of the game. Despite ranking 29th in offense during the regular season, the Kings have been one of the better teams in goals for over the last three months.

Mike Richards scored once and added two assists, Jeff Carter had two assists and the line of Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Justin Williams were a handful all game long.

The Kings appear to finally be reaching their full potential on Wednesday night – a scary sign for Canucks fans!

Jonathan Quick was typically solid in goal for the Kings making 24 saves, many of highlight reel quality. If Los Angeles can maintain a strong forecheck and offensive presence, Mr. Quick can be counted on to do the rest.

Vancouver lost their first Game 1 in their last nine playoff series on Wednesday – their first Game 1 in 11 tries on home ice. They were outshot 39-26 in the game and they expended far too much energy killing penalties all night long. Discipline will be the name of the game on Friday – this team relies on a certain flow that was interrupted by all of the shorthanded minutes.

Offensively there was some good that came out of Game 1 – Ryan Kesler recorded his first multi-point game since December and Alex Burrows looked terrific.

But the struggling power play went 0 for 5 and will need to be better if they hope to get a few by Jonathan Quick.

kesler canucks

Ryan Kesler please light up the scoreboard Friday! (Photo - Andy Clark/REUTERS)

Roberto Luongo was unquestionably the star for Vancouver in Game 1 – a great sign for the Canucks going forward. He made 35 saves and was the only reason Vancouver had a chance in the end!

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

 The absence of Daniel Sedin was more of a factor than most would have thought on Wednesday night – Mason Raymond on the top line didn`t seem to work. Look for Coach Alain Vigneault to tinker with the lines on Friday in order to provide a spark for Henrik Sedin and company.

Daniel was absent from practice again on Thursday and is still highly questionable to play on Friday so it is up to the second and third lines to generate a little more offense than they did Wednesday.

Vancouver learned a huge lesson in Game 1 – stay out of the box! Silly mistakes and some bad breaks cost them Game 1.

Expect Vancouver to tighten up and to even the series Friday – desperation may be good for the Canucks who have lollygagged their way through the last two months and can`t afford to do so any longer!

Pick: Vancouver Canucks -172

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

Mike Richards Number of Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Henrik Sedin Number of Assists
Line = 0.5 Over (1.45) | Under (1.80)

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)

Sami Salo Number of Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)

Dustin Brown Number of Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

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

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

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

Vancouver First Period Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)

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

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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