Free NHL Picks: Count On An Easy Win For Kings Against Ducks

Dana Lane

Thursday, February 4, 2016 2:04 PM GMT

The Kings don't have a history of bad road teams finding their health at the Staples Center, tonight the face The Anaheim Ducks. Let's review the NHL odds first.

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NHL Pick: Kings -130
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings
I understand that people are starting to generate an affection for the Ducks, mostly because bettors opinions are formed on what they've recently seen. The Ducks have won four straight and seven of their last ten but I'm not quite ready to back the worst offensive team in the league. This match-up is intriguing because I don't have either in the top ten of my power rankings but that could change soon.  

Some positives from the Kings 6-2 victory over Arizona on Tuesday and how it applies to Anaheim is their ability to stay focused even though the Coyotes put them is a position to play catch-up early on. Trailing 1-0 and 2-1 the Kings stuck to their gameplan which was attack from the drop of the opening puck..Teams go through ups and downs during the course of a game but I never felt like the Kings changed their focus despite being down twice. They played with confidence which is a team I want to back finacially because I know their mind is in the right place. This was the first time this season that I felt like the Kings were generating higher caliber scoring chances. Had it not been for Coyotes goaltender, Louis Domingue's, early excellence the score could have been much worse. The Kings dominated the offensive zone in the first and second periods.

Los Angeles goals scored vs. goals allowed have steadily separated themselves over their last nine games, due to their shot percentage increasing, now over 9%. Their physical play also set the tone as the heavy Kings seem to make Arizona disinterested after Dustin Brown and Milan Lucic layed out huge hits. The addition of Lucic is likely to pay dividends in the post season. You have a guy that has won a Cup and participated in another adding depth to the Kings ability to physically wear poosing teams down. This physical dominece was evident on the Kings power play where they did most their damage. It's very difficult to overcome a team with the man advantage and the physical advantage. 

There is the added factor of Head Coach, Daryll Sutter, who's contract is expiring in a few months. He has two two Stanely Cups and would certainly be a hot commodity for any team. Coaches are the same as players, they seem to go the extra mile when they know that every action could mean a big pay day. I'm confident that the Kings will be prepared each night through the remainder of the season. There's a general feeling that Sutter would rather stay in Los Angeles which means he likes his team and they like him. I anticipate the players will also being paying attention to detail more to ensure that Sutter stays a King. Winning drives players and coaches for the most part but when you sprinkle in loyalty that's when you get a well prepared team on a nightly basis. The NHL odds board show the Kings as the favorites at -130. Take Los Angeles for your NHL picks.