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Los Angeles Kings vs Vancouver Canucks predictions

Face-off: 2230 ET, 30/12/2021

Venue: Crypto.com Arena

Many punters will not look past the bare facts that Vancouver are on a seven-match winning run which began with a 4-0 defeat of Los Angeles in Canada.

However, the Canucks are coming off a tiring overtime win at Anaheim and have a poor past record when playing on back-to-back nights.

The Kings may be inconsistent but we still like 2.1 for a home victory in regular time to spearhead our NHL predictions.

Los Angeles Kings Odds

Los Angeles failed to mark a change in venue names from the iconic Staples Center to Crypto.com Arena with a fitting display versus Vegas on Tuesday.

The Kings couldn’t recover from a slow start when going down 6-3 to the Knights but did improve as that match went on and should be much sharper for the outing.

Head coach Todd McLellan admitted: “We played our way in…but there’s a lot of strong-willed guys and they got it back.”

LA’s form has been up and down too much this term but the good news is that they haven’t lost twice in succession this month.

McLellan may react to the Vegas defeat by looking to keep things tight early on while these teams are both in the bottom three when it comes to first-period goals.

That makes NHL odds on this contest.

Vancouver Canucks Odds

Vancouver enjoyed a dream run before play was halted for Canadian sides in mid-December and returned to action with a 2-1 road win at Anaheim.

Bruce Boudreau’s appointment as head coach has sparked a spectacular resurgence and he has a perfect 7-0-0 record since replacing Travis Green.

JT Miller scored the overtime decider against the Ducks and declared: “We are rounding into a more complete game right now.

“We are finding ways to win. That’s a hard game for us to come into off a two-week break.”

However, it wasn’t all good news for Vancouver, as leading forward Brock Boeser was lost to Covid protocols yesterday.

Star goaltender Thatcher Demko could also be rested here and stand-in Jaroslav Halak is a big downgrade and 0-3 on the road.

Let’s finish off our Los Angeles Kings vs Vancouver Canucks predictions by taking 7.25 for the hosts to win by one goal in regular time.

Additional stats

Last result:

LOS ANGELES 3-6 Vegas

Anaheim 1-2 VANCOUVER

Head-to-head: Vancouver 4-0 Los Angeles, Vancouver 3-0 Los Angeles, Los Angeles 3-5 Vancouver, Vancouver 8-2 Los Angeles

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