The inevitable happened and LA Kings lost at home in regulation time to the last placed team in the Pacific division. They need to win back the points tonight despite facing a team from the opposite end of the spectrum: Vancouver Canucks, leaders of the Northwest division.
Match: LA Kings vs Vancouver
Bet: LA Kings
Odds: Unibet 2.20
Both teams have amassed 36 points in 30 games and most of them have been secured at home, but the Kings are still the ones who hold NHL’s best home ice percentage. Coach Sutter has expressed his discontent for the manner in which the line made of Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams performed lately and even blamed them for the rare home defeat. The three players have committed a string of errors in the last three games, but they have a chance to redeem themselves against the Canucks.
As for the visitors, they are playing as well as they can given the numerous absentees that are plaguing their starting formation. Ryan Kesler, David Booth, Zach Kassian, Chris Higgins and Steve Pinizzotto are injured while Alex Edler was hit with a suspension on Friday. Vancouver has to count on AHL players such as Andrew Gordon to fill the void and this is not the kind of replacement that they can make before an away game at Los Angeles. The Canadiens have extracted an astonishing extract from the recent road trip given all these absentees, but tonight something’s got to give.
Home ice advantage means a lot for LA and despite the fact that the Kings saw their winning streak come to an abrupt end, they are still a formidable team at Staples Center. Unibet credits them with the first chance, although the odds they offer are surprisingly high, and benefit punters ready to back the Kings.