The hapless Vancouver Canucks return home to attempt to build a rare winning streak with a win over the Los Angeles Kings in Friday’s featured ATS NHL betting pick game of the night. Vancouver mostly lost on their week plus road trip through the Eastern Conference but had a momentum building win from the last game of the swing in Buffalo against the Sabres to take back to the West Coast with them heading into this Kings vs Canucks contest.
The Canucks will also have the benefit of playing a Kings team that will be factoring in a road back to back scenario as Los Angeles heads over the border to play the Seattle Kraken tomorrow night. Vancouver doesn’t play again until Monday, something that could be playing a factor in the pick ‘em odds for this game. Both teams are priced at -110 on the moneyline and the total is set at 6.5.
Kings vs Canucks Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||Canucks Moneyline (-110)|
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This game will be played at Rogers Arena at 10:00 PM ET on Friday, November 18, 2022.
Why Bet On The Canucks:
✅ The Canucks are well rested for this one, coming off of three days rest after ending their road trip on Monday night. Vancouver are 10-2 in their last 12 games playing on two days rest or more.
✅ Los Angeles struggles with the Canucks in Vancouver and against the ‘Nucks in general. The Kings are 0-5 in their last five games in Vancouver and are 1-7 in the last eight games between the two teams.
✅ Thatcher Demko has to return to form eventually in goal for the Canucks. One of the best goalies in hockey in recent years is off to a slow start and is due for a big game between the pipes.
Los Angeles Kings
|3.33||Avg Opp Score||4|
|3||Avg Opp Score||4.67|
|2.2||Avg Opp Score||4.2|
|3||Avg Opp Score||3.6|
|2.5||Avg Opp Score||4|
|3.8||Avg Opp Score||3.3|
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Los Angeles Kings
The Kings ended their long losing streak against Pacific Division rivals in Edmonton earlier this week, grinding out the Oilers to secure a 3-1 win. It was the first time the Kings beat a division opponent in six attempts and came from a strong defensive effort from the team as a unit. Los Angeles held the Oilers to just 23 shots on goal, outshooting a high flying Edmonton team on the road.
Trevor Moore was the hero on offense in the win over the Oil. Moore registered his first career hat trick in Edmonton, scoring all of the Kings goals and extending his hot start to the season where he is on pace for a career year. Contributions from role playing forwards like Moore has been the catalyst to a hot start on offense for the Kings, who are averaging just over 3.3 goals per game.
That team depth from the Kings is evidenced in the sheer number of players who are already into the double digits in points after 19 games. The team has nine players with 10 or more points, led by Gabriel Viraldi with 10 goals and Kevin Fiala with 18 points on the year.
Kings head coach Todd McLellan has a tough choice to make in goal on Friday night. McLellan has two goalies with mediocre save percentages below .900 and has to choose between former backup Cal Petersen who is on a two game win streak, or franchise legend Jonathan Quick. All signs point to Quick slowly losing his job as Petersen’s 5-2 record is quite better than Quick’s 6-5-2 mark when the Kings put their trust in the veteran netminder.
Things are going awful in Vancouver after a dreadful first 17 games of the season sees a team that had playoff aspirations going into the season sitting in the basement of the standings. The Canucks hold a 5-9-3 record that makes them the second worst team in the league based on points percentage at .382. Those poor results have head coach Bruce Boudreau on the hot seat as most league insiders expect the Canucks to make a change behind the bench sometime before Christmas unless results drastically change.
If the Canucks want to save Boudreau’s job or simply want to save their season, they need to start playing better defensive hockey. Adding in Ethan Bear to the blueline hasn’t solved their problems in keeping the puck out of the net as poor backchecking efforts from star forwards such as JT Miller often leave the Canucks blueliners and goalies out on an island to give up opportunities and goals.
If the Canucks can get better defense out of the roster, they will have the offensive firepower to win most games. Captain Bo Horvat is flying out of the gates in a contract year with 14 goals and 20 points to sit amongst the league leaders in both categories. Elias Pettersson is also doing his usual thing and had a goal and an assist in the win over the Sabres to end the road trip strong.
Vancouver does need better play from two of their highly paid expected young stars in forward Brock Boeser and goaltender Thatcher Demko. Boeser has yet to score a goal this season, leading to concerns about the true strength of his wrist since coming back from injury despite doing well as a playmaker with assists in five straight games.
Meanwhile, Demko has been terrible in goal all season and even worse in November. Demko has an 0-4 record on the month and has allowed three or more goals in every single one of his starts this season. Demko’s talent indicates he is due to start stopping more pucks but he is in danger of losing the crease to backup Spencer Martin, who is 4-1-1 on the season. With Boudreau coaching for his job, you have to wonder when the head coach will opt to go to the goalie who is winning games over the one who is in net for the vast majority of their losses.