NHL Picks: Ducks Dominate The Pond, Bet Anaheim Over Los Angeles

Bruce Webster

Sunday, January 17, 2016 6:31 PM GMT

Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016 6:31 PM GMT

The L.A. Kingsmeet the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night at the Honda Center. Don't miss our betting preview and access the best NHL picks for this matchup tonight.

 

L.A. Kings vs. Anaheim Ducks
Line: -105/-115
Total: 5
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Free NHL Pick: Anaheim
Best Line Offered: at Bovada

 

The NHL odds are out as the L.A. Kings (27-12-1; 14-28 ATS; 11-17 O/U) will head on the road to the Honda Center on Sunday evening for a Western Conference matchup versus the Anaheim Ducks (19-17-5; 19-24 ATS; 13-21 O/U). The Ducks were part of a three-player trade on Saturday with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Anaheim sent forward Carl Hagelin to the Pens in exchange for David Perron and defensemen Adam Cledening. Each team is two points out of a Wild Card spot in their respective conferences heading into play on Saturday.

 

Kopitar, Kings Nearing Extension
Anze Kopitar put together a four-point effort on Monday night, helping the L.A. Kings emerge with a 4-2 win in a hard fought battle over the Detroit Wings. Kopitar had a hand in all four of L.A.’s goals, racking up three assists to go along with his power play goal. Kopitar is reportedly very close to signing an eight-year $80 million deal that would keep him in a Kings’ uniform for the remainder of his career. The 28-year-old center has 12 goals and 23 assists (+17) in 42 games this season. The Kings’ puck possession style of play has helped them rank 2nd in the NHL in goals against at just 2.1 per game. L.A. has allowed more than two goals just one time in their last six games.

 

Ducks Find Scoring Touch vs. Stars
The Anaheim Ducks won their second consecutive game on Friday night, defeating the high-scoring Dallas Stars by the score of 4-2. Anaheim jumped on the Stars early, shredding the Stars defense for four first period goals. While Anaheim has struggled to score goals all season long, ranking last in the NHL in goals per game at 2.0, the Ducks have scored four goals or more in four of their last six games. Anaheim ranks 1st in the NHL with a penalty kill percentage of 89.4% and 6th in the NHL in goals against (2.3 per game).

 

Trends for Los Angeles:
1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Anaheim
1-4 in the last 5 meetings

 

Trends for Anaheim:
7-1 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference
5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 day rest
4-1 in their last 5 vs. Pacific

 

Betting Analysis
Anaheim has won four of the past five meetings at home and overall in this series. The Ducks have found their scoring touch as of late, scoring four goals in four of their last six games. So, for your NHL picks, look for Anaheim to earn a tough win at home against the top team in the Pacific Division on for your NHL pick Sunday night.

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