Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Ducks vs Kings NHL Odds
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(30-36-9) Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings (26-39-8)
Date: Saturday, March 23rd
Time: 10:30 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Kings -124 | Ducks +105
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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Ordinarily it might look like Saturday night’s matchup between the Ducks and Kings would be an example of “who wants it less.” After all, this is a battle between the two worst teams in the Western Conference.
That being said, Anaheim is heavily overwhelmed in this one, not just because they are playing on the road but because it will also be on 0 days rest. The Ducks have a matchup with San Jose on Friday.
The Ducks are bad with 69 points, but probably not bad enough to have the best chance at the top pick. These Kings have just 60 points on the season, Ottawa 56, and other teams like Detroit and New Jersey are also ahead of Anaheim.
Since the Ducks aren’t in “full tank” mode, they have been playing some solid hockey lately with a 6-4 record over their last 10. That includes multiple wins over potential playoff teams in Colorado (2), Arizona (2) as well as Montreal.
One of the Ducks losses over the past two weeks came at home to LA, 2-3 on March 10th. That dropped Anaheim to 0-2 vs. LA this year as they also fell at the Staples Center 1-4 in November.
Playing on the B2B doesn’t do the Ducks any favors in trying to snap their skid vs. the Kings. It also means Ryan Miller will probably get the start in net if John Gibson goes vs. the Sharks. Miller has dropped 4 of 5 decisions.
Los Angeles Kings
The Kings are just 3-6-1 over their last 10 but they do have the advantage of being the more rested team on Saturday night. The good thing is that LA is not outright trying to quit on this season as evidenced by their very profitable 4-2 win over the Sharks on Thursday as +187 underdogs.
Another reason LA should be well rested is because Saturday marks their 5th straight home game. Even though the Kings are just 14-20-2 at the Staples Center this year, not having to jetset around the country is a definite advantage.
Jonathan Quick is the probable starter vs. Anaheim. He’s just 2-4 over his last 6 and will probably give up three goals in this one. Can the Kings offense outscore that?
NHL Betting Trends:
- Ducks are 11-29 their last 40 overall
- Ducks are 1-5 their last 6 on 0 days rest
- Kings are 5-16 their last 21 overall
- Kings are 2-5 their last 7 as a home favorite
- Home team is 7-3 the last 10 meetings
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Kings -124
The Kings aren’t a great team, but they do have great value vs. an Anaheim team playing on 0 days rest. It’s nice to know that LA isn’t tanking as evidenced by a victory over the Sharks on Thursday and every player wants to enjoy the fruits of a winning streak.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Kings 4 – Ducks 3
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