p>The Anaheim Ducks are playing their best hockey of the season, but must break a nasty trend that has plagued their backers when they visit the Los Angeles Kings in a Pacific Division matchup Thursday evening.
- The Kings are 1-5 in their last six games after a win in their previous game.
- The Ducks are 6-2 SU in their last eight games against the Kings in Los Angeles.
- UNDER has cashed in five of Anaheim’s last seven games versus the Pacific Division.
The Ducks, presently +120 in moneyline markets at online shop Bovada, hope to extend their winning streak to five games but have been terrible when tabbed as underdogs. This season alone, the Ducks are just 1-11 SU in games when they are tabbed as pups. Dating back to last season, the Ducks are 1-13 SU in such spots.
The Kings (-150) are still on top of the division with a comfortable nine-point margin over the second-placed San Jose Sharks and head into Thursday’s contest with a 12 point lead over the Ducks. Los Angeles looked as sharp as ever with the puck in their first game out of the All-Star break, potting a season-high six goals at the Arizona Coyotes Tuesday night. Furthermore, the Kings won the only other meeting between the two California rivals this season, skating to a 3-2 victory in Anaheim back on January 16.
Digging back a little further into the head-to-head matchup reveals that the Ducks have been pretty successful versus the Kings, winning four of the five contests last season. The Ducks defeated the San Jose Sharks by a score of 3-2 behind backup netminder Frederik Anderson in their first game back and a win in L.A. will go a long way for both their quest to win the division and their confidence.
Either the Ducks end a nasty streak and keep their winning ways going, or a glaring trend tells a lot about where this Ducks team actually stands against the best of the best. Regardless of the outcome, we should be store for a great game at STAPLES Center Thursday.