Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Canucks return home to face the desperate Kings

The Vancouver Canucks return home from a four game road trip strangely satisfied having gone 2-2 despite scoring just a total of five goals (three in the finale Saturday night).

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Los Angeles Kings (37-26-12) at Vancouver (45-21-9)
When: 10:00 PM ET, Monday, March 26, 2012
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Broadcast: TSN, NBCSN (HD), FS-W (HD)
Kings vs. Canucks Betting Lines from Bodog
Spread: Canucks -1 ½ (+205)
Moneyline: Kings +129: Canucks -142
Over/Under: 5 goals
*NHL ATS Matchup Report*

Now the Canucks are set to face yet another in a long line of opponents that enter the matchup playing very well and in a desperate fight for a playoff position.

The Los Angeles Kings had been playing their best hockey of this calendar year until their 4-2 loss to Boston last time out. Prior to that loss the Kings had won six straight games and had climbed into a three-way tie for eighth place in the Western Conference.

The Kings continue to be one of the worst offensive team in the NHL while maintaining their position as one of the top defensive teams in the league.

The Kings’ offense is 28th in the NHL and their power play ranks 22nd – puzzling considering the offensive talent on the team. When scouring the Kings’ “Hot list” names like Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter are conspicuously absent. Justin Williams has been their only consistent contributor with 13 points in his last 13 games.

The Kings scare nobody offensively – nobody!

The Los Angeles defense is a different story however – the team is second in goals against in the NHL. Jonathan Quick is third in the NHL with a 1.98 goals against average, third in save percentage and leads the league in shutouts but is seventh in wins. In his last 11 games versus the Canucks he has a sterling 1.88 goals against average but his record… his record is just 4-6-1.

Nuff said!

The Vancouver Canucks have gone 4-5-1 in their last 10 games but they have won two straight games looking merely average.

Still, Vancouver has a ton to play for – even though they locked up the Northwest Division with their 3-2 win on Saturday night, they have the St. Louis Blues firmly in their sights for their second straight President’s trophy – two points back with seven games to play.

The Canucks will be forced to play without Daniel Sedin again on Monday but some scoring has come from some unlikely sources. Mason Raymond has three points in two games and Chris Higginsscored twice on Saturday to lead the way.

LA Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks Betting Lines & Handicapping

Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows continue to struggle however – both are pointless in their last five games.

Roberto Luongo has looked good in his last two starts but has one win to show for it.

His 38 saves on Saturday night followed a 35 save on Wednesday in Chicago. Lou looks fine.

Dave’s wont cost you anything Kings vs. Canucks betting prediction

The Los Angeles Kings are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games but are just 3-7 in their last 10 trips to Vancouver. The Canucks are 5-0-2 in their last seven home games against the Kings but they have lost four is their last six on home ice.

Vancouver seems to be lulling their way to results lately. This team is much better than they have been playing.

While it seemed that they had nothing to play for the last couple of weeks, the Canucks now have the Blues in their sights for the President’s Trophy.

Just 2 points back of the Blues, Vancouver would love to put an end to their late season doldrums and start ramping up for what they hope is a long playoff run.

Nobody in Vancouver’s dressing room is happy with winning the Northwest – the want first overall.

Pick: Vancouver Canucks -142

Here are some interesting Player Props for Monday’s game:

Drew Doughty Points
line = 0.5 Over (1.55) | Under (1.70)

Total First Period Goals
line = 1.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Henrik Sedin Shots on Goal
line = 1.5 Over (1.50) | Under (1.75)

Ryan Kesler Goals
line = 0.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Alex Burrows Goals
line = 0.5 Over (2.10) | Under (1.30)

Alexander Edler Shots on Goal
line = 3.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

Kevin Bieksa Points
line = 0.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

Los Angeles Shots on Goal
line = 31.5 Over (1.55) | Under (1.70)

Los Angeles Power Play Goals
line = 0.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

Zack Kassian Points
line = 0.5 Over (2.00) | Under (1.35)

Jannik Hansen Points
line = 0.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Chris Higgins Shots on Goal
line = 2.5 Over (1.45) | Under (1.80)

Game Links

Game 76 Kings vs. Canucks: Royalty Awaits Them
- NWSB Vancouver Canucks Insider Josh Hall tells you what to for when our boys in blue and green take on the LA Kings Monday night. With Daniel Sedin out, can brother Henrik Sedin turn on the jets? How will Roberto Luongo look as he continues to heat up towards the playoffs? What will Anze Kopitar have to say about the suddenly surging Canucks as they try to secure a playoff spot in the West?

Managing Editor “Q’s” Gameday Notes + Preview

Click To Bet Now At Bodog (Bovada.lv If Your In USA)

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