Los Angeles Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks - 12/28/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Los Angeles Kings vs Vancouver Canucks
Date: Saturday, December 28, 2019
Location: Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Odds/Point Spread: Kings (+158) Canucks (-175)
Rogers Arena is the site where Jacob Markstrom and the Vancouver Canucks (19-15-4, 5th in the Pacific Division) will play the Los Angeles Kings (15-20-4, 8th in the Pacific Division) on Saturday. The Kings open this contest at +158 while the Canucks are coming in at -175. The over/under has been set at 6. The Kings are covering 38.5% of the time, having gone 15-24 SU. Vancouver covers 45.7% of the time, going 16-19 straight up.
The Los Angeles Kings step onto the ice holding a record of 15 wins and 20 losses, putting them at 8th in the Pacific Division. So far this year, they have earned a total of 99 goals which puts them at 14th in the conference and 27th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -24, putting them at 28th in the NHL. The Kings have a total of 34 points, which puts them at 29th in the NHL and 15th in the conference. Regarding shots toward the net, they have a total of 1,301 which puts them at 2nd in the West and 3rd in the NHL. As a unit, Los Angeles has a total of 774 hits which means they are averaging 19.8 per contest. They have a total of 423 blocks for this year. The man looking after the goal for Los Angeles is Jonathan Quick from Milford, Connecticut. He is 34 years old and has racked up 1,554 minutes minding the goal this year. Quick is surrendering 3.05 goals per game which has him placed 23rd among West goalies and 44th among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he has surrendered 79 goals. He has a save % of .893 which has him placed 28th among West goalies.
The Los Angeles Kings will need a bounce back game after taking a 4 - 1 defeat against the St. Louis Blues in their previous contest. The Kings had an offensive game that was below their expectations in this defeat. In their game, they netted 1 out of the 30 shots they put on net. Furthermore, they had 5 power play chances and scored 1 goal out of those chances. Los Angeles ended up with a total of 4 penalty mins for this outing. The Corsi for the Kings sat at 51 and the Corsi against was 39 giving them a Corsi percentage of 56.7%. Their Fenwick was 37 and the Fenwick against was 33, which earned them a Fenwick percentage of 52.9%. They took 20 face-off wins and were beaten on 27 of the face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 65.4% and they had a PDO of 91.7 for this matchup. When it comes to their opponent, the St. Louis Blues racked up 28 shots. They finished with 10 minutes in the box and they had 2 power play attempts.
The Canucks will be looking to add points to their total and for the current year they sit with 19 wins and 15 losses. When looking at goal differential, they are ranked 5th in the conference and 13th in the NHL with +7. They currently have a total of 121 goals for the year which ranks 3rd in the conference. Vancouver has a save percentage as a team of .907 which currently has them ranked 13th in the NHL, which tells us there should be some chances to score. They have a shooting percentage of 10.0% ranking them 5th in the Western Conference. In net for Vancouver is Jacob Markstrom who is having an ok year by giving up 2.66 goals per game and that has him ranked 8th in the West and 19th in the NHL. In the 1,557 mins he's been on the ice this season, he has allowed 69 goals. He's earned a save % of .917, which has him sitting 10th in the West and 17th in the NHL.
The Vancouver Canucks played the Edmonton Oilers in an outing where the Canucks notched a win by a score of 4 - 2. While out there on the ice, Vancouver wound up with a 56.3% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 58 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 45. Their Fenwick rate was 54.2% by way of having a Fenwick of 39 and the Oilers finishing with a 33 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Vancouver had and they put on a good performance in this one. Their PDO was 107.7 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 48.0%. The Canucks netted 4 goals out of the 28 shots on goal they tried. They had 2 power play attempts in this one and were able to notch 1 out of those tries. Regarding their opponent, the Oilers had 2 power play attempts and went on to score 1 goal. Vancouver allowed 29 shots on goal and the Oilers earned a total of 11 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Vancouver (-175)
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