The Los Angeles Kings will head to Anaheim to take on the Ducks in this Western Division match-up. Puck drop for this game is scheduled for 10:00 pm eastern from the Honda Center.
The Western Division has stayed relatively all together all this season. Although the Kings and the Ducks have not had the hottest of starts to the season, they both are still relatively close to making a small run and finding a way into the playoffs.
Los Angeles Kings Betting Preview: Back into the win column
After a four-game losing streak, the Kings snapped that with a 4-3 win in Overtime against the Blues Saturday night. The Kings find themselves two points out of a fourth-place playoff spot. A nice two-game series against a bottom two Ducks team could help the Kings work their way up the standings.
The Kings are led by the fifteen-year veteran, Anze Kopitar. In one of his best starts to a season, Kopitar has a team-leading 28 points, with six goals and 22 assists. Drew Doughty has also started the season with a positive offensive approach, scoring six goals and assisting on 13 others.
The special teams play for the Kings have been playing above average so far this season. One spot out of the top ten in the power play and ninth overall in the power-play kill, the special teams’ units have been getting the job done.
Jonathan Quick and Calvin Petersen have been splitting starts in net for the Kings. Quick has a record of 6-4-2 and is only giving up 2.8 goals per game. Calvin Petersen has a shockingly low record of 4-4-2 with a goals-against-average under 2.5. Petersen’s goals-against average lands him in the top 20 for all goaltenders.
Anaheim Ducks Betting Preview: A big win after almost a whole month without
The Anaheim Ducks beat the Avalanche on March 6th by a score of 5-4 in Overtime. This is their first win since February 11th. The Ducks lost nine games in a row on this stretch. With a comeback overtime victory in their back pocket, the Ducks are hoping to ride this momentum.
Offensively for Anaheim, Rickard Rakell and Max Comtois are the statistical leaders in most categories. Both are tied for total points with 16. Rakell has scored four goals and assisted on 12 others. Comtois has scored nine goals and assisted on seven others.
One of the biggest question marks for the Anaheim Ducks has been the goaltending decision. John Gibson has started 20 games this season and has a record of 5-10-4-1. He is giving up over 2.7 goals per game. Gibson was not in net for the win the other night, so he is still on a losing spree of his own, up to eight games.
Kings vs. Ducks Betting Odds & Lines
BetOnline has the Kings the moneyline favorite -119 and the over/under set at 5.5.
Free Betting Pick
The Kings have a record of 10-8-4-1 and have covered the over 13 times. When playing on the road, Los Angeles is 6-5-1.
Anaheim’s over record is 7-12-4-2, and they have covered the over nine times. When at the Honda Center, the Ducks are 3-7-2-1.
The Ducks winning that game the other night was a fluke. They have a lot to prove if they want to be even considered among a top team. With the Ducks’ lackluster play at home this season as well, this seems like an easy pick.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Los Angeles Kings Moneyline -11