NHL Picks: Ducks vs. Kings Series Price Odds & Predictions

David Lawrence

Thursday, May 1, 2014 12:36 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 1, 2014 12:36 PM UTC

The Los Angeles Kings became the fourth team in NHL history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit and win. They overcame the NHL odds by playing great defense and that should be the difference in the second-round matchup with Anaheim.

The Los Angeles Kings Can Win Because…
They have a huge edge in net. The Ducks are scuffling right now as they don’t know what to do between the pipes. Fredrik Andersen started the first six games of their first-round series but was pulled and Jonas Hiller was left to fill in. Hiller, the veteran, was benched in favor of Andersen because of his own underwhelming play late in the year. As a result, the Ducks allowed 18 goals in six games to the Dallas Stars. That’s simply not going to cut it.

The Kings defense and goaltending is on fire right now. They won four straight versus San Jose, allowing just five goals in the process. When Jonathan Quick is hot like that, the Kings are going to be hard to beat.

The Anaheim Ducks Can Win Because…
They dominated the regular season series with the Kings. The Ducks won four of the five meetings with Los Angeles, proving that they can play the Kings low-scoring style and still come up with wins. The two teams combined to average 3.8 goals per game in their five regular season meetings yet the Ducks took four of them. It’s the Kings who prefer to play those low-scoring affairs while the Ducks prefer high-scoring, free-flowing games. And even though the Kings dictated the pace of play in the regular season meetings, the Ducks took four of them.

While most people point to just how good the Kings were to come back from a 3-0 deficit, most forget that they actually dug themselves that big of a hole. That wasn’t an accident. If the Ducks replicate the things the Sharks did early in that series, they’ll take care of business.

Outlook & Pick
Over the last couple of seasons, the Ducks goaltending in the regular season has been way better than in the postseason. That being the case, the Kings should have a huge edge in net. The Kings come in confident while the Ducks look a tad shaky considering how many goals they gave up to the Dallas Stars. For our NHL picks, we are looking for the Kings to survive another series and head to the conference finals.

NHL Pick: Kings in 6 at TheGreek
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