Kings vs Ducks Playoff Betting?
It’s All Even Again – Kings and Ducks in Best of 3 To See Who Moves On
Game 5 between the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks goes down on Monday night. Surprisingly the road team has won every game in the series thus far – home ice has been a bit of a curse.
Los Angeles (52-32-3-6) at Anaheim (60-23-3-6)
When: 10:00 PM ET, Monday, May 12, 2014
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Broadcast: RDS, TSN, NBCSN
Series ties 2-2
Kings vs. Ducks Betting Lines
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Los Angeles Kings +1½ -275 +116 Ov 5 +102
Anaheim Ducks -1½ +230 -128 Un 5 -113
The script has totally flipped the last two games – it is now the Los Angeles Kings who are struggling to score after the Ducks had more than their share of issues in the first two games of the series. Clearly it is the team that finds their offense early that will take control of this So-Cal showdown.
The Los Angeles Kings have had their opportunities in this series to put a dagger into the Anaheim Ducks – LA has faced three different goaltenders – you think they could have taken advantage. The Kings absolutely dominated Saturday night`s game, holding the Ducks to ZERO shots on goal in the second period but they just couldn`t solve Anaheim`s rookie goaltender.
It’s a case of LA`s offense slipping into an all-too-familiar funk.
Jonathan Quick was pulled after 1 period of Saturday night`s game after giving up two goals – insane! But the move definitely sparked a Kings team that allowed un incomprehensible three shots in the final two periods of the game. Quick will be back in there Monday with a ton to prove.
His numbers aren’t great – 0-2-0 in his last two starts with a 4.85 GAA and .848 save percentage – yuk!
The Kings went 0-for-4 on the power play Saturday – something that is going to have to change if they hope to come out on top Monday.
For those of you that think Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau was nuts for starting John Gibson between the pipes Saturday – me too! Bruce looks like a genius for that move. It`s no fluke either – Gibson has been sensational in his limited time with the Ducks – he is 4-0 as a Ducks and he has stopped 111 of 115 shots directed his way.
Gibson made 28 saves Saturday for his second career shutout – it looks like the Ducks are in good hands.
The Ducks offense in Game 3 – wasn`t great to say the least. They failed to generate one shot in period 2 and had one faceoff in their opponents end in that 20 minutes. The team had 14 shots on goal in the game – a total of three shots in the final 40 minutes.
The Ducks were awfully lucky in Game 5 – if they play like that again – chances they`ll lose!
But as long as you have Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on your team you have a chance to win. Perry assisted on both goals Saturday and Getzlaf had a goal and an assist in the winning effort.
Dave’s FREE NHL Betting Prediction
A few trends to consider:
• LA are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Pacific.
• LA are 6-2 in their last 8 overall.
• LA are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference.
• ANA are 24-9 in their last 33 vs. Pacific.
• ANA are 43-19 in their last 62 Mon. games.
• ANA are 50-23 in their last 73 home games.
• LA are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings.
Despite the two game winning streak it is hard to see any momentum for the Anaheim Ducks heading into Game 5. The Kings were the better team on Saturday.
The home team hasn`t won yet in the series – I like the underdog Kings to carry on what they did in the final 40 minutes of Game 4 and keep the home team woes intact.
Pick: Los Angeles Kings +116