NHL Picks Kings vs. Ducks -150

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, January 23, 2014 1:14 PM GMT

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 1:14 PM GMT

The Ducks host the Kings on Thursday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California with the opening puck drop slated for 10:05 PM ET. Let's take a look at the NHL odds as we join our handicapper in finding the value for this match-up.

Los Angeles Kings vs. Anaheim Duck

According to NHL betting odds Anaheim is a -150 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.0.  These teams have seen just 1 of their last 7 meetings stay under the total. The Kings have defeated the Ducks in 6 of the last 8-games played between these clubs.

Epic Home Streak Snapped

The Anaheim Ducks went the first 22 games of their home schedule without suffering a loss during regulation time. That epic run was halted in a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets in their previous game. The pill was even tougher to swallow considering the fact, they outshot the Jets by a wide 42-21 margin.

Time to Begin a New Streak

There’s always a chance of a mental letdown following a team seeing a long winning streak of any sort come to an end. The good thing for the Ducks is that they get to jump back on home ice just 2-nights later. Despite the loss, the Ducks are having a terrific season thus far. They lead the Pacific Division by 9-points over the 2nd pace San Jose Sharks, and are 1st overall in the Western Conference. Putting things into perspective, if the Ducks continue to accumulate points at their current pace, then they will finish the season with a franchise record 125-points.

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Going in Reverse Again

The Kings looked to be far removed from a minor midseason slump that saw them lose 5 in a row between 12/23/13 to 1/2/14. However, they’re starting to see those ghosts of the recent past again, as they’ve dropped their last 3-games in a row. Tonight will also be the final of a 4-game in 7-day road trip for the Kings. After tonight they will return home for a rematch with the Ducks on Saturday.

Holding their Own on the Road

The Kings are a respectful 13-13 versus the money line online sportsbooks have been laying down while on the road this season, and have earned 29 of 52-points possible. Unfortunately they’ve lost 8 of their last 9 road games overall. The Kings have also gone over the total in just 1 of their last 9 on the road, and have gone over the number in just 5 of their first 26 road tilts of the season.

NHL Betting Trend

Let's go over some NHL betting trends before we make our NHL picks. Any money line home favorite of between -120 to -170, that’s playing in the 2nd half of the season, versus an opponent that has a goal per game differential of +0.3 or better, and they allowed 3-goals or more in each of their last 3-games, has gone 26-4 (86.7%) since the beginning of the 2009-2010 year.

Free Pick: Anaheim -150 over the Los Angeles Kings

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