What a difference a Daniel makes!
The Vancouver Canucks finally put together a complete team effort on Wednesday night and as a result they seemingly turned the tide of momentum back to themselves. Vancouver faces another elimination game on Sunday night back at home with a confidence not seen in the series so far.
Los Angeles Kings at Vancouver Canucks Game 5
When: 8:00 PM ET, Sunday, April 22, 2012
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Broadcast: CBC, NBCSN, RDS, FS-W (HD)
Kings lead series 3-1
Kings vs. Canucks Betting Lines from Bodog
Spread: Canucks -1 ½ (+175)
Moneyline: Kings +159: Canucks -175
Over/Under: 5 goals
*NHL ATS Matchup Report*
The Los Angeles Kings still have a 3-1 series lead in their Western Conference quarter-final series with the Vancouver Canucks but you wouldn’t know it by the talk following Game 5.
The offense was unable to do quite enough and Jonathan Quick actually looked human.
Now the Kings are faced with trying to close the series out in one of the most difficult buildings in the NHL and are in danger of losing all of the early series mojo that they had built up.
The Kings did generate a whopping 44 shots on Cory Schneider on Wednesday night – the offense isn’t exactly dead. Anze Kopitar scored the only goal of the game but his line of himself, Justin Williams and Dustin Brown have continued to be the catalysts (four points each in the series).
What was maybe most encouraging for the Kings offensively on Wednesday night was the play of their fourth line. Los Angeles, like Vancouver now has four lines that are effective and dangerous in the offensive end.
Most discouraging is the fact that Jeff Carter and Mike Richards have been held off the score sheet the last three games.
Jonathan Quick had been the difference in the series up until Wednesday night but he can’t do it all! He stopped 27 of 30 shots in Game 5 and despite giving up three goals was still the star for the Kings.
The Vancouver Canucks may have waited too long to wake up but now that they have woken up the mood is certainly different surrounding this team. The goaltending has remained strong but now there is some offense to compliment the superb play between the pipes.
Vancouver overcame a 0 for 14 power play streak to score two huge goals with the main advantage.
The overall offensive chemistry seems to have returned with Daniel Sedin’s reassertion into the lineup making Vancouver dangerous once again.
Henrik Sedin looked like a different player with his brother back in the lineup.
He scored just his second goal in 27 games and added an assist while regaining his form that saw him become the pre-eminent passers in the game.
Ryan Kesler still hasn’t scored in 16 games, Alex Burrows is pointless in three games and David Booth has only one goal in 15 and but they, like Henrik appeared to benefit largely from the return of Daniel Sedin.
The offense has slowly worked out of a funk – Jonathan Quick doesn’t look quite as daunting anymore does he?
Cory Schneider was sensational on Wednesday night stopping 43 of 44 shots and will get the call on Sunday. He has the support of fans, players and even Roberto Luongo – controversy seems to be on hold for now!
Dave’s won’t cost you anything Free Canucks vs. Kings Betting Prediction
The Vancouver Canucks were lacking confidence and were missing a certain chemistry that Daniel Sedin alone has brought back. It is amazing how a team can look when their best player is in uniform!
Vancouver still has a lot of work to do but a victory in Game 5 will go a long way in reinstating some belief amongst Canucks fans.
This series will go back to LA and the real Canucks will make it very tough on the Kings the rest of the way!
Pick: Vancouver Canucks -175
Here are some interesting Player Props for Sunday`s game:
Henrik Sedin Number of Points
Line = 1.5 Over (2.10) | Under (1.30)
Ryan Kesler Number of Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.45) | Under (1.80)
Alex Burrows Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (2.10) | Under (1.30)
Dustin Brown Number of Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.55) | Under (1.70)
Los Angeles Shots on Goal
Line = 28.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)
Los Angeles Number of Power Play Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)
Vancouver Shots on Goal
Line = 33.5 Over (1.50) | Under (1.75)
Vancouver Number of Power Play Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.50) | Under (1.75)
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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