Anaheim Ducks at Los Angeles Kings Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/8/14
Anaheim Ducks (54-20-8) at Los Angeles Kings (46-28-8)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 10:00 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -135 / Anaheim Ducks +120 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NBCSN, CBC, RDS
The Anaheim Ducks go on the road to face the Los Angeles Kings in game three on Wednesday.
Los Angeles put the defensive squeeze on Anaheim in game two to emerge with a 3-1 decision at the Honda Center on Monday night. After the dramatics in the series opener the Kings made a 2-1 first period lead stand up while adding an open netter to avoid another last second free for all. The Ducks won all three home contests in ousting Dallas in round one and were one of the best teams on home ice so getting swept away at home was unexpected. The difference has been Jonathan Quick who brushed aside 36 shots in Monday's performance.
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Marian Gaborik opened the scoring with his marker just 34 seconds in to the game when he took a pass from Anze Kopitar and skated past a defender all the way to the front of the net where he beat Jonas Hiller. Anaheim pulled even halfway through the opening frame when Patrick Maroon's pass went off the skate of the Kings Jake Muzzin past Quick for a power play tally. Los Angeles regained the lead around two minutes later when Tyler Toffoli's slap shot deflected off Jakub Silfverberg past Hiller for a 2-1 advantage which was all she wrote until Dwight King found the empty net. Hiller recorded 14 aves in the loss.
I don't know where the Ducks heads are as they have to believe this series should be tied 1-1. The high powered Anaheim attack is running in to a hot Jonathan Quick which is bad news for any team in a short series while the Kings own offense is scoring just enough to keep their west coast foes at bay. I believe Anaheim is frustrated and knows game three is do or die but I also believe the frustration and facing a hot goaltender on the road favors the Kings who just are finding ways to get the job done. Lean to Los Angeles pending a line...