Anaheim Ducks at Los Angeles Kings Pick-Odd-Prediction - 5/10/14
Anaheim Ducks (54-20-8) at Los Angeles Kings (46-28-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 9:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings / Anaheim Ducks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: NBCSN, TSN, RDS
The Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings clash in game number four at the Staples Center on Saturday.
Anaheim finally got a series win with a 3-2 decision at the Staples Center to cut the Kings lead to 2-1. The Ducks stll have their backs to the wall in game four as a loss and they are staring at a 3-1 deficit heading home. Having said that Anaheim took the first step to getting back in the series as they never let Los Angeles play with the lead but instead scored when needed and let their defense take over which is stealing a page from the Kings book of success.
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The Ducks scored first when Corey Perry tallied on the power play a little over four minutes in to the game. The Kings responded with a second period power play goal of their own with Jeff Carter depositing the puck behind Fredrerik Andersen on a pass from Marian Gaborik at just under five minutes in. Teemu Selanne took the lead back on another PP at the 15:10 mark of the second when he tipped in a pass from Nick Bonino on a 2 on 1 break.
The Ducks took what appeared an insurmountable 3-1 lead with 2:55 left in regulation when Ben Lovejoy lit the lamp. Corey Perry broke his stick with the empty net in front of him and it made things tense when Mike Richards cut the lead to 3-2 with less then 31 ticks remained. This time there was no last second Kings goal and the visitors lived to fight another day. Jonathan Quick posted 19 saves while Andersen stopped 22 shots before leaving with a 'lower body injury'. Jonas Hiller brushed aside seven shots in the final ten minutes to secure the win but the starter for game five is up in the air with Andersen listed at day to day.
This game had the same feel as the opener when Los Angeles tied the game in the waning seconds before winning in overtime.
I don't think the Ducks can be counted out here because the reality is they could be the team with a 2-1 lead in the series. The key for both teams is to get the lead and avoid being shorthanded. Of course the Ducks would be much better off if they didn't give up late goals but that's water over the dam. I think whoever wins game four takes this series so please check back when a line is released...