It's a California Classic
The Kings host Ducks at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California with the opening face-off slated for 9:35 PM ET. This will be Game 6 of their Western Conference Semifinals playoff series in which the Ducks lead 3-2. According to NHL betting odds the Kings are a -140 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.0. The Ducks home win on Monday broke a string of 7 consecutive road victories in the games played between these two teams. The Ducks have won their last 5-games at the Staples Center. These teams have seen just 1 of their last 6 meetings in Los Angeles go over the total.
Duck Dynasty Returns
After losing the first 2-games of this series at home, the Ducks have made an abrupt about face, and have shown why they're were the #1 seed in the Western Conference. Anaheim has reeled off 3 consecutive wins in a row, and now find themselves a single victory away from reaching the Western Conference Finals. The Ducks will enter tonight with the confidence in knowing that they have gone 20-8 in their last 28 road games.
Anaheim Rookie Goaltender has
The real story for Anaheim in their Game 4 and 5 wins has been the superb play of rookie goaltender John Gibson. The youngster was just called up from the AHL on Sunday due to the injury suffered by Frederik Anderson. All Gibson has done in those 2 starts is stop 68 of 70 Kings shots on goal, and earned his first career NHL Playoff shutout. Gibson is now 5-0 in his 5 starts for the Ducks this season with a 1.00 GAA and has posted 2 shutouts.
There's No Quit in the Kings
One of the rarest of occurrences to transpire is that the Los Angeles Kings have now lost 3 straight games in consecutive series during the same playoff season. The Kings lost the first 3-games in the opening round of the playoffs to San Jose, and then rallied to win the next 4, thus becoming just the 4th team in Stanley Cup Playoff history to overcome a 3-0 deficit and win a series. This is a Kings franchise that's also advanced to the Western Conference Finals the last 2 seasons, and won the Stanley Cup in 2012. They've won 7 of 8 playoff series over the last 3 seasons. If they happen to fall short, you can be rest assured this resilient bunch won't go down without a fierce battle.
NHL Betting System
Any money line home favorite that's coming off a 1-goal loss to a division opponent, versus a team coming off a game in which both teams scored 3-goals or more, has gone 109-45 (70.8%) over the last 18 seasons. Bet LA -40 over Anahiem in this affair.
Free Pick: Kings -140 over the Ducks