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NHL Playoffs - Kings and Canucks Jockey for Position

NHL playoffs expectations continue to grow for the Vancouver Canucks as they are among the big favorites in the Western Conference for the 2011 hockey playoffs.
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NHL playoffs are looking like a reality for the Los Angeles Kings as they have improved their play as of late to improve their overall position for the Western Conference hockey playoffs.

The Vancouver Canucks will host the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night with a starting time of 10 PM ET.  Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this critically important Western Conference matchup that has major playoff implications such as home ice advantage.

This could also very well be a preview of a Western Conference playoff series so be sure and open your Sports-Gambling account and have it ready for action on the side and total for this game.

Los Angeles had a record of 42-26-4-2 with the hockey betting odds and was 20-14-1-2 on the road.  The Kings went over the total in 15 of their last 37 away games.  Los Angeles has flipped its style of play and team image as they are now a strong defensive team that ranked 7th for goals against average while their offense ranked 23rd for goal scoring.

The Kings have been in good form as of late with 6 payouts in 8 games from March 9 through March 24.  LA was the 4th best penalty killing team in the NHL.  Goaltender Jonathan Quick had a 2.21 goals against average with 6 shutouts.

Vancouver was the top team in the Western Conference with a record of 49-17-4-5 with the hockey betting line. The Canucks were 25-8-1-4 at home and were ranked 2nd in the NHL for goal scoring and 1st in the NHL for goals against.

Vancouver got the money in 9 out of 10 games from March 5 through March 25.  Left winger Daniel Sedin had 40 goals and goaltender Roberto Luongo had a 2.18 goals against average.

Vancouver has gotten the money in 12 of their last 18 games against the Kings including 4 of the last6 matchups in this head to head series. The Kings and Canucks have gone under the total 3 consecutive times.

Los Angeles was a +2000 selection at Sports-Gambling to win the Stanley Cup while Vancouver was a +280 favorite to win the 2011 NHL playoffs.