Anaheim Ducks at Los Angeles Kings Odds - Free Pick 3/5/2016
The Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings highlight this Saturday's slate in the NHL in a key showdown for the outright lead in the Pacific Division. Game time from the Staples Center for this heated West Coast rivalry is set for 4 p.m. (ET) and it will be available on NHL Center Ice.
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Anaheim has been the hottest team in the league since mid-February with a 10-game winning streak including a 4-2 home victory against the Kings last Sunday as a -131 favorite. Since then, they have also beaten Montreal as -225 favorites at home and Arizona as -156 road favorites by a combined score of 8-3. This impressive run has the Ducks tied with Los Angeles for the lead in the Pacific Division with 80 points through their first 60 games. They have gone 15-11-4 on the road this season.
Center Ryan Getzlaf is the Ducks' leader in points with 51. He had to sit out Thursday's 5-1 victory over the Coyotes with a lower body injury and at this time he remains day-to-day for Saturday's contest. His absence in the lineup did not slow down an Anaheim offensive attack that has averaged 3.9 goals a game during this 10-game run. This compares to a 2.5 goal scoring average on the year that is ranked 22nd in the NHL. Defensively, the Ducks are ranked second in the NHL in goals allowed (2.3) and they have not given-up more than two goals in their last seven games with Frederik Anderson and John Gibson splitting time in goal.
The Kings have now won five of their last six games following a 3-2 victory at home against Montreal this past Thursday as heavy -232 favorites. The total line in that game ended as a PUSH after staying UNDER in seven of their previous eight games. Los Angeles improved to 38-21-4 on the year with a 19-10-1 record at home. The total has stayed UNDER in three of their last four games played at home.
Los Angeles is the only team in the NHL that has given-up fewer goals than the Ducks this season with a matching goals-against average of 2.3. Goalie Jonathan Quick has gotten the majority of the starts and he comes into this matchup with a GAA of 2.18 and a .920 save percentage. In Thursday's victory against Montreal, Quick only faced a total of 15 shots, turning 13 away. Center Anze Kopitar gave the Kings the early 1-0 lead in that game with a goal in the first minute of the opening period and he leads the team in points with 19 goals and 35 assists.
The Ducks have won their last five road games and they are 14-2 in their last 16 games following a win. The total has gone OVER in eight of their last 11 division games.
The Kings are 4-0 in their last four home games and they are 15-7 in their last 22 games against a team with a winning record. The total has stayed UNDER in four of their last six games played on Saturday.
Head-to-head in this heated rivalry, Anaheim has won seven of its last road games against Los Angeles and the total has gone OVER in three of the last five meetings overall.
Anaheim Ducks at Los Angeles Kings Prediction
The Ducks have the 2-1 edge in the season series and they have outscored the Kings 8-4 in the last two games. Given their current form, it would be hard to go against the road team in this matchup, but my "best bet" pick for Saturday afternoon would be the OVER on the total line with both teams finding ways to light the lamp.