Anaheim Ducks (19-15-9) at Los Angeles Kings (24-13-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday January 13, 2018, 10:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -125 / Anaheim Ducks +113 --- Over/Under: 5.5
NHL action comes to the Staples Center where the Los Angeles Kings host the Anaheim Ducks.
The Anaheim Ducks might be playing a bit better then earlier in the season but the team still needs keep winning and move up the Pacific standings for the postseason. Anaheim has followed a three game winning streak with back to back defeats after a 3-2 loss at the Calgary Flames. Jacob Silfverberg and Ryan Getzlaf supplied the Ducks goals with John Gibson stopping 28 shots in defeat.
The Flames scored twice in the first off the sticks of Micheal Ferland and Mark Giordano for a lead that lasted until Anaheim scored two times in the third for a 2-2 game. Dougie Hamilton lit the lamp with just 16 seconds remaining in regulation to make a winner of Mike Smith and his 27 saves.
The Los Angeles Kings will be looking to regroup at the defensive side of the ice to avoid a three game skid and maintain the second spot in the Pacific. Los Angeles has dropped consecutive 4-3 decisions after Nashville knocked them off a week ago. The Kings scoring came off the sticks of Adrian Kempe, Trevor Lewis and Tyler Toffoli.
The Predators offense received a pair of tallies off the stick Austin Watson with Roman Josi and Scott Hartnell joining the scoring column. PK Subban added a pair of helpers for Nashville to make the 26 stops of Pekka Rinne a winner while Jonathan Quick took the loss with four goals allowed on 20 shots.
Under is 4-0 in Ducks last 4 road games and Ducks are 1-5 in their last 6 Saturday games and under is 5-1 in Ducks last 6 vs. Pacific. Kings are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. a team with a losing record and under is 7-2-1 in Kings last 10 vs. Pacific and under is 9-3 in Kings last 12 vs. a team with a losing record. Home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and under is 17-6-4 in the last 27 meetings in Los Angeles.
The problem in backing Los Angeles is the long layoff but I’m going with them pending goalie confirmation…