Anaheim Ducks (54-20-8) at Los Angeles Kings (46-28-8)
|Date & Time||Thursday May 8, 2014, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -138 / Anaheim Ducks +125 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Kings look to take a stranglehold in their series with the Ducks as game three goes at the Staples Center on Thursday night.
The Anaheim Ducks relinquished home ice advantage and a heck of a lot more after dropping back to back games on home ice to open their series with the Los Angeles Kings who have now ripped off six straight victories. The Ducks were pushed to the edge by the upstart Dallas Stars but ultimately Anaheim’s fire power proved to be too much but now they’re facing a much different animal in the Kings who were widely considered as Cup favourites at the start of the season. The Ducks did a good job against the Kings in the regular season as they defeated their instate rivals three out of four times with Jonathan Quick in net, but the Kings’ crease minder has responded here through the first two games of the Western Conference semi-finals. The Ducks need to find a way to solve Quick or else they will be a very short series but you can’t quite count Anaheim out yet as they were the top seed in the Western Conference for a reason and have showed resiliency and battle all year.
The Kings have been the hottest team in the playoffs of late after storming back in historic fashion to upend the San Jose Sharks in seven games and have now taken the first two here against the Ducks heading back to home ice. Los Angeles has won six games in a row and look like world beaters in doing so and it is tough to say whether or not anyone will be able to slow them down at this point. After much criticism through the first two games of his series with the Sharks, Jonathan Quick has responded in a big way and is one of the main reasons why the Kings are still alive in their pursuit of claiming their second Cup title in three seasons. Los Angeles is a very tough team to match up against as they thrive in all facets of the game and now that Marian Gaborik is starting to find chemistry with Anze Kopitar it is going to be very tough to contain this team who have size and skill. While I don’t see this series being a sweep there is still a distinct possibility that it can be and with the way LA is playing now it would be foolish to bet against them especially at home.