The Los Angeles Kings will be a team to watch this postseason, and with goalie Jonathan Quick (1.95 GAA, .929 save percentage, 10 shutouts), they can pull off an upset of the No. 1 seed in the West, Vancouver, in this series.
Los Angeles won the season series (2-1-1) and with Anze Kopitar (team-leading 76 points, 25 goals, 51 assists) firing on all cylinders, the team has fans in Lalaland thinking this might be their year.
The No. 8 seed Kings travel to Vancouver on Wednesday night for Game 1 (NBCS, 10:35 pm EDT) and could very well pull off an upset north of the border, with Los Angeles sitting as a +125 underdog (Canucks -135).
The Canucks won the last time these two met in the playoffs in the 2010 West quarterfinals (4-2), but will have their work cut out for them against a Los Angeles (9-1 to win West) team hungry for NHL success.
I really believe a bet on the Kings to win this series (+170) would be a pretty smart move for the astute gambler looking for some value.