The free betting odds experts are starting to have a change of heart about the President’s Trophy in the NHL. For three of the last four years, the winner of the award for the best record during the regular season has been ousted in the first round of the playoffs. For the last two consecutive seasons, the Vancouver Canucks have won the President’s Trophy only to experience playoff frustration. So while the fans still put some stock in regular season success, the online betting experts are starting to shy away from the NHL regular season.
While the Vancouver Canucks were fighting for another President’s Trophy this year, the Los Angeles Kings were keeping a safe distance between itself and the ninth place team in the conference. The Kings finished eighth. It did not sneak in to the playoffs nor did it slide it due to another team’s misfortune. The Kings finished in eighth spot by five points and then eliminated the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the playoffs. But the price per head sports experts wonder how good the Canucks really were and how good the Los Angeles Kings will be going in to the second round of the playoffs.
A team that has Mike Richards and Jeff Carter working together should be putting bucket loads of pucks in the net. But the Los Angeles Kings just cannot score goals. It does not seem to matter who the Kings put on the ice, the team just cannot generate offense. The Kings spend most of the game in its own end trying to keep opposing players away from goaltender Jonathan Quick. A flash of black and white and an opportunistic mistake by the opposition and the Kings will score the two goals it needs to win a game. But the Kings know it cannot continue like this and win. The big guns for Los Angeles need to start stepping up. Richards, Carter and Anze Kopitar need to join team captain Dustin Brown in putting the puck in the net and winning games with offense.
Who needs a defense when you have Jonathan Quick in goal? Sportsbook reviews of the five games in the opening series against the Canucks show Quick turning aside 46 of 48 shots in game two and all 41 shots he faced in game three. Still, the Kings need to get some help for its embattled goaltender. It is not that the Kings’ defense is playing poorly, the Kings just cannot clear the zone on a regular basis. The funny thing is that the Canucks were one of the best offensive teams in the NHL during the regular season. If Quick can shut that team down, then it makes fans wonder if he can shut any team down.
The Los Angeles Kings proved that the NHL standings mean nothing in the playoffs. But the Kings are going to need to find an answer to its passive approach on offense if it wants to find itself competing for the Stanley Cup. Jonathan Quick stole the series against the Canucks. Now it is time for the Los Angeles offense to go out and show that it can compete in the playoffs as well.