Los Angeles Kings at Anaheim Ducks

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The Kings and Ducks gave us a game for the ages as both teams piled on the goals on Monday night with the Ducks coming out on top with a 6-5 overtime victory. Both teams have struggled this season and particularly have played poorly on the offensive end, making the recent game a breath of fresh air. The Kings will hope to even the score while the Ducks are still hoping to gain ground in the West Division as they are riding a two-game winning streak.

Kings offense breaks through in loss

The Kings have been struggling all season to find goals all season but after a 4-3 overtime win against the Blues and a 6-5 overtime loss to the Ducks, it appears the offense is back. Dustin Brown has led the way all season and has 13 goals but in recent games, the Kings have seen Adrien Kempe come on to the scene and has 9 goals on the season while defenseman Drew Doughty has 6 goals from the point.

Speaking of Drew Doughty, he leads the top pairing on the defense along with Michael Anderson who combines for 2.9 defensive point shares and 65 blocked shots. In addition, Matt Roy has improved his game and is adding 1.3 defensive point shares as well while Calvin Peterson is having a breakout season as the backup goaltender, allowing only 2.7 goals per game and a .917 save percentage.

Ducks scoring leads to two consecutive wins

The Ducks have been struggling on offense all season, scoring only 2.3 goals per game but after a 5-4 overtime victory against the Avalanche and a 6-5 overtime victory against the Kings, the offense and team have appeared to turn the corner. Max Comtois has led the scoring all season with 9 goals on the season but Rickard Rackell scored twice in the game against the Kings to give him 6 goals on the season.

While the offense is only recently found its rhythm, the defense has played well all season and has kept the Ducks in a majority of its games. Jani Hakapaa and Kevin Shattenkirk have led the unit all season with a combined 2.7 defensive point shares and 75 blocked shots while Cam Fowler and Hampus Lindholm have combined for 2.2 defensive point shares and 41 blocked shots. Meanwhile, John Gibson has been a viable starter for the Ducks, allowing only 2.8 goals per game.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

It might be crazy to think that the Ducks can win three games in a row but they have turned a corner on the season and as a home underdog, are more than likely to win this game. The Ducks offense should be able to take advantage of a struggling Kings defense that might give Jonathan Quick, who is having a down year, the starting nod. Expect Max Comtois to continue to find the back of the net while the Ducks defense, led by Jani Hakanpaa, should be able to eliminate the Kings’ offense throughout this game. The Ducks should win this game at home and give good odds in the process.

Prediction:
Ducks (+105)

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The Ducks and Kings combined for 11 goals in the first game of this mini-series. While the expectation might be to see a ton of goals in the second game as well, both these teams are led by their defenses. Expect the Ducks, led by Hakanpaa and Shattenkirk, to constantly eliminate the Kings’ offense while the Kings, led by Drew Doughty should limit the Ducks’ offense. Expect the Under to cover with both defenses improving in this game.

Prediction:
Under 5.5