Los Angeles Kings at Vancouver Canucks - 4/28/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Los Angeles Kings at Vancouver Canucks - 4/28/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks (39-30-11) vs Los Angeles Kings (43-27-10)

Game Info: Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Arena)

Betting Odds: Vancouver Canucks -125 / Los Angeles Kings +105 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Vancouver Canucks host the Los Angeles Kings in Thursday NHL Action.

The Los Angeles Kings come into this road contest with an overall record of 43-27-10. Through 80 games, the Kings are 3rd in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 232 times, good for a rank of 20th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Los Angeles is the 8th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.83 goals per game. So far, the Kings have a strength of schedule rating of 18th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 17th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Vancouver Canucks get set to host the Los Angeles Kings with an overall record of 39-30-11. This mark places them 5th in the Pacific division. Through 80 games, the Canucks have scored 244 goals, giving them an average of 3.01. This output gives them a rank of 17th among NHL teams. On defense, Vancouver is the 10th ranked unit, giving up 2.84 goals per contest. So far, the Canucks have played the 17th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Vancouver's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 16th in the NHL.

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Through 80 games, the Los Angeles Kings' leading goal scorer is Adrian Kempe. With his 19 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 53. On the season, he is turning 14.2% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Kings have benefited from the strong play of Anze Kopitar, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Los Angeles's 80 games, he has come up with 19 goals on a shooting percentage of 9.1%. However, when on the ice, the Kings are -7 in scoring differential. Los Angeles's top goalie is Jonathan Quick, who is giving up an average of 2.58 goals per game.

Through 80 games, Vancouver's leading goal scorer is Elias Pettersson. With his 32 goals and 34 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 66. On the season, he is turning 17.4% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Canucks have benefited from the strong play of J.T. Miller, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Vancouver's 80 games, he has come up with 31 goals on a shooting percentage of 15.4%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +14.0 Vancouver's top goalie is Thatcher Demko, who is giving up an average of 2.72 goals per game. In his 64 games played, he has turned in 35 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Kings have an over-under record of 33-44-3. When playing on the road, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 15-23-1. On the season, 46.0% of Los Angeles's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 48.0% of the scoring coming from the Kings. In Vancouver's 80 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 43-36-1. So far, taking the over when the Canucks are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 20-20. On the season 55.0% of Vancouver's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 53.0% of the scoring coming from the Canucks. I see this matchup between Vancouver and Los Angeles finishing below 6.5 goals, as both units are ranked well below the NHL average in goals per game.

 

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