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NHL betting action sees the Los Angeles Kings taking on the Vancouver Canucks on Monday April 6th at Rogers Arena. Cappers Picks provides free NHL handicapping tips all season long.

The National Hockey League’s reigning Stanley Cup champ is currently in place to defend its crown, but the L.A. Kings’s hold of the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference is tenuous.

NHL Predictions

LA vs Vancouver
Date/Time: Monday, April 6 2015, 10 pm EST
Venue: Rogers Arena, Vancouver BC
Broadcast: RSN
Los Angeles -140, Vancouver +110
Over/Under: 5
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They cannot afford a slip-up in Vancouver on Monday night.

Los Angeles is three points back of the hosting Canucks, and it is in a dogfight for playoff eligibility with Calgary as the regular season draws to a close.

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The Kings have been sputtering of late, something that’s become reminiscent of a franchise that is really hot when it is hot – a couple of recent Stanley Cups attest to that – but can disappear at times also.

Los Angeles is currently tied with Winnipeg for eighth in the West, both teams with four games left to play. It’ll be a knife fight for the Kings to remain playoff eligible, and Vancouver is precisely the type of place where L.A. could slip and derail its success.

The Kings are coming off a 3-1 victory against Colorado, so that trend must continue as they visit Canada’s Left Coast.

Though they haven’t clinched, the ‘Nucks are on slightly firmer ground. Van City currently has a hold on sixth in the conference and second in the Pacific division, with 95 points.

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They’ve had a solid, but unspectacular team effort to thank for that, with under-the-radar veterans like Radim Vrbata combining with relative unknowns like Linden Vey and rookies like Bo Horvat.

Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the steady Sedin twins – perhaps at the butt of jokes, but Henrik and Daniel are often near the top of the scoring table, also.

The Kings have all the pieces for a deep playoff run; Western Conference opponents surely are quietly praying that L.A. doesn’t make the playoffs. The Kings will be a team no one wants to face over seven games.

There’s balanced scoring up front (Jeff Carter, Anze Kopitar), young studs (Tyler Toffoli, Tanner Pearson), a blueline rock (Drew Doughty) and a goalie that comes up big in the NHL’s second season (Jonathan Quick).

Yet, somehow, the Kings continue to go quiet through stretches of the regular season. This happened for stretches over the past two seasons, so it isn’t unprecedented.

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Los Angeles needs to control what it can, and that starts with a win on the road tonight. Darryl Sutter’s men have a mixed bag of games remaining; a cookie against bottom-feeder Edmonton, but also versus plucky Calgary and the season finale against rival San Jose.

Thankfully for them, the Winnipeg Jets are without their best player, D-man Dustin Byfuglien, for a couple of more games thanks to a four-game suspension earned from a vicious cross-check last week.

Still, it’s not a cakewalk for the defending champs, and I think you’ll see a compete level commensurate with that late-season urgency.

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