Game Time: 10:00 pm ET, Monday, December 6, 2021
Venue: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
Where to Watch: SNP
Opening NHL Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Moneyline: Kings +115, Canucks -135; Over/Under: NL goals
Bet365: Moneyline: Kings +115, Canucks -135; Over/Under: 5.5 goals
BetMGM: Moneyline: Kings +115, Canucks -140; Over/Under: 5.5 goals
Los Angeles Kings: 9-9-4 (6th place, Pacific Division)
Vancouver Canucks: 8-15-2 (8th place, Pacific Division)
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Los Angeles Kings vs Vancouver Canucks Preview and Analysis
Los Angeles Kings: 3-4-3 last 10
Vancouver Canucks: 3-7-0 last 10
Los Angeles Kings Analysis
The Kings are coming into this game with 22 points, a 9-9-4 record overall, and they are 3-3-2 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They have lost 7 of their last 8 games and are coming into this one on a 2 game losing streak after another loss in their last game. Their last win was against the Ottawa Senators while their 7 losses in that span came against the Winnipeg Jets, the Washington Capitals, the Carolina Hurricanes, the Arizona Coyotes, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Anaheim Ducks, and the Calgary Flames in their last game. They still have a game against the Edmonton Oilers that needs to be played on Sunday night so this will be the 2nd leg of a back-to-back for them on Monday night. In their game against the Flames, Alexander Edler and Alex Iafallo both scored 1 goal each in that game. Viktor Arvidsson led the team in assists in that game with 2 while Edler and Phillip Denault both had 1 assist each as well. Arvidsson, Dustin Brown, Carl Grundstrom, Trevor Moore, and Matt Roy all led the team in shots on goal in that game with 4 shots on net each. Cal Petersen was the starting goaltender for them in that game and he allowed 3 goals on 32 shots with 29 saves and a .906 sv percentage. Their offense has scored 59 goals in their 22 games this season averaging 2.7 goals scored per game and their defense has allowed their opponents to score 62 goals against them allowing 2.8 goals per game.
Vancouver Canucks Analysis
The Canucks are coming into this game with 18 points, an 8-15-2 record overall, and they are 3-7-1 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 2 of their last 3 games but are coming into this one off of a loss in their last game which snapped a 2 game winning streak that they were on. Their 2 wins were against the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators while their loss came against the Pittsburgh Penguins in their last game. Vasily Podkolzin scored the only goal for them in that one while Brock Boeser and Oliver Ekman-Larsson each had 1 assist as well. Quinn Hughes led the team in shots on goal with 4 shots on net in that one. Thatcher Demko was the starting goalie in that game and he allowed 4 goals on 44 shots with 40 saves and a .909 sv percentage. Their offense has scored 60 goals in their 25 games this season averaging 2.4 goals scored per game and their defense has allowed their opponents to score 80 goals against them allowing 3.2 goals per game.
Kings vs Canucks Prediction
The Kings are coming into this matchup as a +115 underdog with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. Both of these teams have not been playing well in their recent games but the Kings have been a better team overall this season. The Kings had a pretty good start to their season but have gone on a long losing streak now while the Canucks have just not been able to get anything going for them. This is a good spot for the Kings to snap their losing streak and get a win against a very bad team that has been struggling all season. The best bet to place in this game is on the Kings to win this game.
Kings Canucks Prediction: Our NHL Pick for Monday, December 6, 2021 (10:00 pm ET start time) is Kings 2 Canucks 1.
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NHL Betting Trends
Los Angeles Kings: 59-89 (-15 units) in all games. 26-38 (-7.6 units) first half of the season. 32-51 (-9.2 units) vs. division opponents. 8-15 (-6.3 units) after 5 straight games with 30 or more shots on goal.
Vancouver Canucks: 29-19 (+12.5 units) when playing only their 2nd game in 5 days. 43-41 (+8.2 units) after 1 or more consecutive unders. 21-14 (+9.8 units) off a home loss. 8-3 (+8.2 units) off a home blowout loss by 3 goals or more. 43-30 (+16.6 units) after playing a home game.
Los Angeles Kings: B. Lizotte (C) Out indefinitely - Illness. A. Athanasiou (LW) Out indefinitely - Conditioning. B. Lemieux (LW) Elig Dec 12 - Suspension.
Vancouver Canucks: M. Highmore (C) Out indefinitely - Upper Body injury. M. Ferland (LW) Out indefinitely - Undisclosed injury. B. Keeper (D) Out indefinitely - Leg injury. B. Sutter (C) Out indefinitely - Illness.
“They’re not going in offensively, so we’ve got to almost play perfect defensively. So we’re chasing our tail a little bit.” - Todd McLellan after their loss against the Flames on Thursday night.
“When you lose, it’s hard. I get it. Fans, people get frustrated, we get frustrated too. Our players, they’re mad when they lose, coaches are upset when they lose as well.” - Travis Green on their loss against the Penguins on Saturday night.
Los Angeles Kings
LW Kempe, Adrian
C Kopitar, Anze
RW Brown, Dustin
LD Anderson, Michael
RD Doughty, Drew
G Quick, Jonathan
LW Pearson, Tanner
C Horvat, Bo
RW Garland, Conor
LD Ekman-Larsson, Oliver
RD Myers, Tyler
G Demko, Thatcher
Los Angeles Kings
Points: A. Kopitar (23)
Goals: A. Iafallo (9)
Assists: A. Kopitar (15)
GAA: J. Quick (2.38)
Points: J. Miller (23)
Goals: J. Miller (8)
Assists: Q. Hughes (18)
GAA: J. Halak (2.85)
Los Angeles Kings: Todd McLellan (3rd season)
Vancouver Canucks: Travis Green (5th season)