Two teams currently on losing skids, the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings take the ice at the Staples Center for a cross-town, divisional showdown. The puck drops at 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 25, and you can catch the game live on Fox Sports West.
Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings Odds
Los Angeles is 12-10 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is a welcome improvement over the 39-43 record from the 2016-17 season campaign. Out of its 22 regular season matches, 11 of them have gone under the total, while nine have gone over and just two have pushed. The team is 6-7 SU at home this season.
The Kings have converted on 18.7 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated second overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 89.3 percent of all penalties.
The Kings, as a collective unit, have been whistled for penalties 4.1 times per game overall this season, and 3.4 per game over their last five games. The teams had to defend opposition power plays for just 7.4 minutes per game over their last five matchups, in total.
Averaging 29.2 saves per game with a .926 save percentage, Jonathan Quick (9-9-1) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Kings this season. If head coach John Stevens decides to give him a rest, however, Los Angeles might turn to Darcy Kuemper (3-3-3 record, .943 save percentage, 1.62 goals against average).
The Kings will continue looking for offensive production from Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown. Kopitar (24 points) has tallied nine goals and 15 assists and has recorded multiple points on six separate occasions this year. Brown has eight goals and 11 assists to his name and has recorded at least one point in 12 contests.
On the other side of the ice, Anaheim is 10-12 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of 12 of its contests have gone under the total, while eight have gone over and just one has pushed. As the visiting team, the Ducks are 4-3 SU so far.
The Ducks have converted on just 16.7 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 12th overall and it’s successfully killed off 82.4 percent of all opponent power plays.
Anaheim’s skaters have been whistled for penalties 4.9 times per game in total this season, and 3.4 per game over their last five on the road. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 7.4 minutes per game over their last five road outings.
John Gibson (2.87 goals against average and .923 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Anaheim. Gibson is averaging 32.0 saves per game and owns a 7-11-2 record.
Leading the offensive counter for the visiting Ducks will be Rickard Rakell (eight goals, 10 assists) and Corey Perry (four goals, 12 assists).
Anaheim Ducks at Los Angeles Kings Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Kings, O/U – Over
- The total has gone under in four of Los Angeles last five games.
- This game features two of the more physical defenses in the league. Anaheim skaters have accounted for the fourth-most hits in the league (25.3 per game) and the Kings have registered the fifth-most (24.7).