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Ducks Wear the Crown in Matchup With Kings

Two of California’s three teams will meet in LA tonight as the Ducks quack their way into the Staples Center looking to leapfrog their divisional rivals in the Pacific. Both the Ducks and Kings have been extremely underwhelming out of the gates as they both deal with their own adversities – Anaheim is struggling to adapt to a new coach and LA’s goaltending situation is dire.

SHARK BITES
  • The Ducks are 6-2 in their last 8 games against the Kings.
  • The Kings are 3-0 in their last 3 games at home.
  • John Gibson is 4-2 with a .920 save percentage in 6 starts against the Kings.

Neither team scores very often but the Kings, although solid defensively, have a train wreck of a situation between the pipes. Despite giving up the second-fewest shots per game in the NHL, the Kings are way up the list in goals allowed. The Ducks generate almost 30 shots a game and Peter Budaj, the likely starter tonight, has not seen more than 28 shots this year.

The 34-year-old has actually been solid for the Kings but I don’t expect that to last. In any season where Budaj has started 30 or more games, he has posted a save percentage of .905 or worse. The 10-year veteran had been struggling in the minors and could get exposed by the Quackers tonight.

John Gibson is in line for the start tonight and will look to improve what has been a lackluster season for him so far. The young No. 1 has traditionally seen success against the Kings and has been much better against Western Conference opponents this year.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Los Angeles Kings were listed earlier today as -135 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada), while odds makers set the opening betting total around 5.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 3-2.6 win for the Ducks on Tuesday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Anaheim Ducks vs Los Angeles Kings Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Anaheim Ducks will try to spoil to the party on Tuesday; they are 3-4-2 this season, while the Kings are 4-5-0. Anaheim is 3-4-2 on the totals; Los Angeles is 4-5. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Anaheim injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Los Angeles Kings rated this week at No. 17 and the Anaheim Ducks sitting at No. 11.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 29-ranked offense, averaging 2.22 goals per game, against a Ducks defense that ranks No. 12 at 2.56 goals allowed. The Kings power play is averaging 14.29% while the Ducks defense kills off 83.33% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Anaheim was a 4-0 loser in its last match at home against the Blue Jackets. They lost as favorites, while the total score of 4 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Los Angeles was a 3-0 loser in its last match on the road against the Blackhawks. They lost as +136 underdogs, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Anaheim is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Anaheim is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
  • Anaheim is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Anaheim is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Los Angeles is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Los Angeles is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • Los Angeles is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 5 games

Next Betting Matchups

Anaheim home to Pittsburgh, Wednesday, November 2nd
Los Angeles home to Pittsburgh, Thursday, November 3rd

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