the Final Weekend out West
The Kings host the Ducks on Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California with the opening face-off slated for 10:35 PM ET. According to NHL betting odds the Kings are a -125 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.0. These teams have seen 9 of their last 11 meetings stay under the total, and have saw the last 5 games played in Los Angeles fail to go over the total. This contest will pit statistically the best offensive team (Anaheim), versus the best defensive team (Los Angeles) in the entire NHL.
the Top Spot in the West
The Anaheim Ducks enter the final two days of the regular season in the driver’s seat pertaining to the top spot in the Western Conference standings. They lead both St. Louis and Colorado by just 1-point, but have 1-game in hand on both of these clubs. The most ideal scenario for the Ducks is to win tonight, and they will clinch the #1 overall seed in the West for the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs. However, with a loss tonight, they could be facing a win or take all scenario at home tomorrow versus the Colorado Avalanche. The Ducks can also clinch the top spot with a pair of overtime losses in their final 2-games.
Positioning at Stake for the Kings
The Kings enter tonight 1-point ahead of the Minnesota Wild for 6th overall in the Western Conference. Obviously with a win tonight they will finish ahead of the Wild. If they lose this evening then they will have to wait to see how Minnesota fares in their regular season finale at home tomorrow versus Nashville. The Kings are returning from a 4-game in 8-day road trip that saw them go just 1-3. The good news is that they finished the trip with a 3-0 win at Edmonton on Thursday. Los Angeles is 12-3 versus the money line in their last 15 home games following a road trip of 7-days or more. The Kings have also gone a stellar 12-3 versus the money line in their last 15-games following a win.
Any home team on the money line that’s playing in the 2nd half of the season, versus an opponent that’s coming off a division win by 2-goals or more, and that opponent has a winning percentage of .600 to .700, has gone 23-9 (71.9%) during the last 5 seasons. Take the Kings over the Ducks for your free NHL picks.
Free Hockey Pick: Kings -125 over the Ducks