Anaheim Ducks (11-3-3) at Los Angeles Kings (8-5-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 15, 2014, 4:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -145 / Anaheim Ducks +132 --- Over/Under: 5
The Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings meet Saturday afternoon at the STAPLES Center.
The Anaheim Ducks have lost three of their last four games but are still first place in the Pacific division. Despite dropping six goals against the Kings on Wednesday, the Ducks have struggled offensively recently and it doesn’t help that Corey Perry is out with a virus. The Anaheim Ducks have lost five of their last eight games when scoring three or fewer goals. The good news is that the Ducks average power play has produced a goal in three of their last four games. Matt Beleskey has seven goals, Ryan Getzlaf has 11 assists and Ryan Kesler has 50 shots on goal. Defensively the Ducks continue to be solid, as Frederik Andersen has allowed 19 goals on 291 shots and Jason LaBarbera has given up seven goals on 70 shots. The Ducks haven’t allowed a power play goal in three straight games.
The Los Angeles Kings have lost three of their last four games and continue to struggle offensively. The Kings are averaging just 2.4 goals per game and have scored two or fewer goals in six of their last nine games. The Los Angeles Kings are scoring on just 11.1 percent of their power play chances and they’ve lost six straight when scoring two or less goals. Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson have combined for 14 goals, Jeff Carter has nine assists and Alec Martinez has 41 shots on goal. Defense is what’s keeping the Kings in games, as Martin Jones has given up six goals on 83 shots and Jonathan Quick has allowed 29 goals on 473 shots faced. The Kings haven’t allowed a power play goal in three straight games.
The Ducks are 6-1 in their last 7 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Pacific. The Kings are 64-29 in their last 93 home games and 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference. The Ducks are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles, while the road team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
The Ducks have had great success playing in Los Angeles and has been playing better hockey than the Kings all season. While it's only a matter of time before the Kings get back on the winning track, the value of the Ducks and the plus money is too good to pass up.