Kings vs. Ducks - 4/7/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Anaheim Ducks (44-24-11) at Los Angeles Kings (47-28-5)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings / Anaheim Ducks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings meet Thursday night at the STAPLES Center.
The Anaheim Ducks look for consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 23.2 percent of their power plays. Corey Perry leads Anaheim with 33 goals, Ryan Kesler has 30 assists and Rickard Rakell has 169 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 87 percent of their power play chances. Frederik Andersen has allowed 88 goals on 1,062 shots faced and John Gibson has given up 74 goals on 931 shots. Andersen has allowed 12 goals in his last three games.
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The Los Angeles Kings could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20.3 percent of their power plays. Tyler Toffoli leads Los Angeles with 30 goals, Anze Kopitar has 47 assists and Jeff Carter has 235 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their power play chances. Jonathan Quick has allowed 145 goals on 1,769 shots faced and Jhonas Enroth has given up 31 goals on 398 shots. Quick has allowed six goals in his last three games.
The Ducks are 24-6 in their last 30 vs. Western Conference and 9-4 in their last 13 road games. The Kings are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 home games. The Ducks are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Los Angeles and 6-1 in the last 7 meetings overall.
The Kings have played their best hockey as of late on their home ice and have a chance to make some progress in the standings with a win over a Ducks team that's been hit or miss recently. While Anaheim has been the better team in this series, I like the home in this spot.