on Ice Series
The Kings will host the Ducks on Wednesday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California with the opening face-off slated for 10:05 PM ET. This will be Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals in which they Kings hold a 2-0 lead. According to NHL betting odds Los Angeles is a -140 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.0. The road team has won the last 5 meetings between these clubs. The teams have seen just 1 of their last 8 head-to-head clashes go over the total.
Kings a Team of Destiny?
It would be hard to argue that any of the remaining 8-teams that still have a chance of winning the Stanley Cup, are any more confident than the Los Angeles Kings right now. After falling behind 3-0 in their opening round series versus San Jose, the Kings have now won 6-games in a row, including 4 straight on the road. They were just the 4th team in the rich history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to overcome a 3-0 series deficit and advance. You can’t help but think their destined at this point, especially when considering their recent postseason resume. Keep in mind this is a Kings team which has advanced to the Western Conference Finals in each of the previous two postseasons. They’ve also gone a stellar 52-25 on home ice over the last 2 campaigns, and are 16-5 the last 3 postseasons at the Staples Center. Tonight will be the Kings 47th playoff game since 2012, and they’ve gone an outstanding 31-15 during that time.
After getting off to a horrible start to this postseason, Jonathan Quick has been absolutely marvelous over his last 5 starts. He’s allowed just 5-goals during that time span, and has posted a remarkable .970 save percentage. The Kings allowed the fewest goals in the NHL during the regular season, and Quick was an integral part in achieving that accomplishment. When he’s on top of his game, the Kings are an extremely difficult team to beat, regardless of the opponent.
The Anaheim Ducks are backed up against the wall facing a 2-0 deficit in the series, and having to play the next 2-games on the road. Anaheim entered the playoffs as the #1 seed in the Western Conference, and also scored the most goals in the NHL during this past regular season. If they’re going to get back into this series, they must figure out a way how to start generating increased goal production. It hasn’t been for a lack of effort in the first 2-games of the series, considering the fact they had a combined 72 shots on goal, yet were able to score just 3-goals. The Ducks dropped Game 2 by a score of 3-1, and they’ve gone over the total in 10 of 12 this season following a game in which they scored 1-goal or less. They can take a bit of solace heading into tonight, knowing they’ve gone a very respectable 26-18 on the road this season.
Any team playing in the 2nd half of the season who has a money line winning percentage of .510 to .600, and is coming off road wins in each of their previous 3-games, has seen 56 of those 82-games (68.3%) go under the total during the last 18 seasons.
Free Hockey Pick: Ducks/Kings to go under the total of 5.0