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Los Angeles Kings vs. Anaheim Ducks - 1/25/14

Anaheim Ducks (38-10-5) at Los Angeles Kings (29-17-6)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Dodger Stadium)

The Line: Los Angeles Kings +100 / Anaheim Ducks -110 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NBCSN, CBC, RDS2

Historically, outdoor NHL games can be characterized as low scoring, physical affairs, which is likely to continue when two of the top teams in the Pacific Division take the ice at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night for the first game of the NHL Stadium Series. The Los Angeles Kings, the acting home team, will look to avenge Thursday’s loss to the visiting Anaheim Ducks.

This will be the third of five games between the Kings and Ducks this season and the rivals have split the first two games. The most recent game occurred just a few nights ago, a 2-1 Anaheim victory at the Honda Center. The Kings got out to a 1-0 lead in the first period on a goal by Anze Kopitar, but the Ducks would battle back and score two goals in less than five minutes in the second period. The second goal, which would eventually prove to be the difference, came on a wrap around by Patrick Maroon, his fourth of the season. Thursday’s game was unbelievably physical with Anaheim shelling out 48 hits in the game, which shows the versatility and range of this Ducks team.

Los Angeles Kings vs. Anaheim Ducks - 1/25/14

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When visiting the Staples Center, the Ducks typically exit with undesirable results. The Kings are 5-0 at home in the last five against the Ducks, but this is really more of a road game for both teams in my opinion. The Kings have been unable to get a win in the last four, going 0-3-1, and have won a mere four games in the last 15 overall. After losing and honestly being beat at their own game on Thursday, I think the Los Angeles will come out fired up for Saturday’s tilt.

Some trends for recent outdoor games show that the road team has performed well and bettors have cashed tickets on the under. For example, the over/under in all outdoor games dating back to 2003 is 2-5-1 and road teams are 6-2-0 during that stretch. I think we see more of that on Saturday given the venue, the nuances of the outdoor rink, and the unfamiliar playing conditions. Temperatures in these games tend to dramatically affect the quality of the ice, so it will be interesting to see how the ice holds up to southern California temperatures. As for a side, I don’t love a play on either team here, but I lean to the hungry Los Angeles Kings. However, I do believe the game stays under the total.

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