Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Kings vs Ducks NHL Odds
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(12-18-2) Los Angeles Kings vs. Anaheim Ducks (13-14-4)
Date: Thursday, December 12th
Time: 10:30 PM
Venue: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Ducks -140 Kings +120
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Kings -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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The Los Angeles Kings and host Anaheim Ducks occupy the bottom two spots in the Pacific Division but enter their Thursday meeting in the Freeway Faceoff series feeling better about themselves.
Anaheim won at Minnesota 3-2 in a shootout Tuesday after dropping a pair of decisions by the same score to Washington and at Winnipeg.
On the other hand, Los Angeles comes in off a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers that snapped a four-game slide.
Both teams are feeling good and with an in-state rivalry at play here, I think we are going to be treated to a pleasant surprise in this one.
Stay tuned for our betting prediction on this game. Anaheim prevailed 4-2 on Dec. 2 in the first of five meetings this season behind a pair of goals from Derek Grant.
Los Angeles Kings
Los Angeles needs more from Tyler Toffoli, who halted a nine-game scoreless drought with his seventh goal of the season Tuesday. It makes matters worse that the Kings are bottom 5 in scoring across the entire NHL.
To make matters worse, Kopitar leads the team with 11 goals and 29 points but has been kept off the scoresheet in six of his last seven games.
The depth of offense is gone, and with their top offensive options going cold, one has to wonder where the goals are going to come from in this one.
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick is rounding into form as he’s allowed five goals in three December games with a .930 save percentage this month after stopping 29 shots Tuesday. His stats on the season are: 8-12-1 W-L | 3.13 GAA | 0.888 SV% | 0 SO
Getzlaf scored his 10th goal and boasts four assists during a four-game point streak, and has recorded 13 of his team-high 25 points in the last 11 contests. As a fan of the game, you can’t help but admire what Getzlaf has done for this organization.
He needs help offensively though. And you could probably make a great team out of offensive pieces that the Ducks have traded away in the last 5 years.
Silfverberg recorded two of his 11 goals in the last four games and has 21 points along with Rakell, who owns a goal and two assists in four December contests. If they can continue to get production out of these two they may win more games.
Anaheim D Josh Manson on Tuesday returned after missing 19 games with a lower-body injury and was a minus-2 in 21 minutes, 8 seconds of ice time.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Ducks are 1-5 in their last 6 games as a favorite.
- Ducks are 0-4 in their last 4 games following a win.
- Under is 6-1-2 in Kings last 9 Thursday games.
- Under is 4-1 in Ducks last 5 overall.
Free Los Angeles Kings vs. Anaheim Ducks NHL Prediction:
Los Angeles and Anaheim have scored the fourth- and fifth-fewest goals in the league and own only three players – the Ducks’ Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Getzlaf, and the Kings’ Anze Kopitar – with at least 10 goals. There’s a reason for a low under here.
While it may not be an exciting game, I see LA pulling away here in a close 3-2 matchup.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Los Angeles +120
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