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Kings vs. Ducks - 1/17/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Anaheim Ducks (28-10-6) at Los Angeles Kings (20-14-10)
Date & Time Saturday January 17, 2015, 10:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -135 / Anaheim Ducks +122 --- Over/Under: 5
TV Channel
FSWHD, NHL
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NHL | Anaheim Ducks (28-10-6) at Los Angeles Kings (20-14-10)
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The Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings square off Saturday at the STAPLES Center.

The Anaheim Ducks have won five of their last six games and play their first road contest of 2015. The Ducks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored 14 goals in their last three games. The Anaheim Ducks have scored a power play goal in four straight games and have won 12 straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Corey Perry leads Anaheim with 19 goals, Ryan Getzlaf has 35 assists and Matt Beleskey has 104 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ducks are allowing 2.6 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last eight games. Frederik Andersen has allowed 81 goals on 981 shots faced and Ilya Bryzgalov has given up 12 goals on 82 shots.

The Los Angeles Kings are losing ground in the standings by losing four of their last six games. The Kings are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The Los Angeles Kings have scored two power play goals in their last five games and have lost four straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Marian Gaborik leads Los Angeles with 15 goals, Anze Kopitar has 24 assists and Tyler Toffoli has 104 shots on goal. Defensively, the Kings are allowing 2.5 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Martin Jones has allowed 22 goals on 238 shots faced and Jonathan Quick has given up 86 goals on 973 shots.

The Ducks are 18-6 in their last 24 games playing on 0 days rest and 61-30 in their last 91 vs. Western Conference. The Kings are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 2-5 in their last 7 Saturday games. The Ducks are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles and the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Ducks have been money all season on the end of a back-to-back, and the Kings are once again in one of their lousy funks. While LA is still tough to beat in its house, the plus money with the Ducks sounds good to me. 

Pick:
Anaheim Ducks +122

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