Los Angeles Kings (10-8-5) at Anaheim Ducks (7-12-6)
NHL Hockey: Monday, March 8, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -105 / Los Angeles Kings -115 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks meet in NHL action from the Honda Center on Monday night.
The Los Angeles Kings will look to build on a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues in their last matchup. Anze Kopitar leads the Kings in scoring with 28 points including a team-high 22 assists while Drew Doughty’s got 19 points with 13 assists and Dustin Brown has 18 points with a team-high 12 goals. Alex Iafallo has 15 points with 5 goals and 10 assists while Adrian Kempe’s got 14 points with 6 goals and 8 assists and Jeff Carter is one point behind Kempe with 5 goals and 8 apples. Jonathan Quick and Cal Petersen have each made 12 appearances this season, with Quick logging 6 wins with a pair of shutouts and a 2.87 GAA while Petersen has 4 wins and a 2.47 GAA this season.
The Anaheim Ducks will be looking to build off of their 5-4 win over Colorado last time out. Rickard Rakell and Max Comtois lead the Ducks in scoring with 16 points apiece, with Rakell leading the Dycks with 12 assists while Comtois has a team-high 9 goals. Cam Fowler has 13 points with 11 assists and Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Getzlaf each have 10 points, with Silfverberg splitting 5 goals and 5 assists while Getzlaf has 3 goals and 7 apples on the year. John Gibson’s seen the majority of the action in goal for Anaheim, making 20 appearances with 5 wins and 3 shutouts along with a 2.79 GAA.
Los Angeles is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 19-42 in their last 61 road games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games as a favorite. Anaheim is 7-19 in their last 26 games overall and 8-20 in their last 28 home games while the under is 72-35-3 in their last 110 games following a win. The under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.
I’ve gone back and forth on this game, mainly because this is a great price for the Kings, but this line feels suspiciously low, like it’s almost too good to be true. On the other hand, backing the Ducks simply isn’t an option, so I’m going to lean towards the under. It mostly has been the offense that’s failed the Ducks this season and not the defense and as well as the Kings are playing, these rivalry games just take on a new style of play whenever they happen. I think this ends up being a physical, true rivalry type of hockey game, so I’ll side with the under in this spot.