The Los Angeles Kings (11-7-1) and Vancouver Canucks (5-9-2) meet Friday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Puck drop is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET (ESPN+).
The Kings picked up a 3-1 road win against the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday, posting its 5th victory in the last 6 outings. Los Angeles is just 1-2-1 in the last 4 games away from home.
The Canucks won in Ottawa on Nov. 8 to kick off a 5-game road trip, and it won Nov. 15 in Buffalo last time out to close the trip. It lost the 3 games in between. Vancouver is 2-1-1 in the last 4 games at home
Kings at Canucks odds
- Moneyline (ML): Kings -120 (bet $120 to win $100) | Canucks +100 (bet $100 to win $100)
- Puck line (PL)/Against the spread (ATS): Kings -1.5 (+200) | Canucks +1.5 (-280)
- Over/Under (O/U): 6.5 (O: +100 | U: -120)
Kings at Canucks projected goalies
Jonathan Quick (6-5-1, 3.09 GAA, .895 SV%, 1 SO) vs. Thatcher Demko (1-8-2, 4.02 GAA, .874 SV%)
Quick was showing some signs of life to kick off the month, going 3-0-1 in his 1st 4 November starts. However, he coughed up 6 goals on 30 shots in a wild 6-5 loss in Calgary last time out on Monday.
Demko has struggled all season, allowing 3 or more goals in all 11 of his appearances to date, and he is 0-3-1 with a 3.97 GAA and .873 SV% in 4 starts in November.
Kings at Canucks picks and predictions
Kings 5, Canucks 3
The KINGS (-120) are a solid road value in this standalone NHL game on Friday night.
Los Angeles has won 5 of its last 6 games and it is 25-9 in the last 34 games against teams with a losing record.
There is some risk here, as L.A. has lost 5 straight trips to Vancouver, while going 1-7 in the last 8 meetings overall with the Canucks. However, the favorite has cashed in 7 straight in the series, too, and Demko hasn’t shown any signs of being able to pull out of his nosedive.
The KINGS -1.5 (+200) is worth a look for the chance to double up.
Demko has been horrible, allowing 4 or more goals in 4 of his last 5 `outings. He has been slightly better at home, going 0-3-1 with a 3.49 GAA and .893 SV% in 4 starts at Rogers Arena.
Roll the dice on the Kings, as they look to snap a losing streak in the series.
OVER 6.5(+100) is the lean here. Quick was knocked around last time out, and Demko has been knocked around all season.