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Ducks Struggle Mightily in Underdog Role

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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.

Shark Bites
  • 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 in store for a great game at STAPLES Center Thursday.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Anaheim Ducks opened as -120 moneyline favorites in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including BetOnline. The total opened at 5 for those preferring over under betting, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 3.7-1.8 result in favor of the Ducks today. 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 Los Angeles Kings are 30-16-3 so far on the season. The Anaheim Ducks, meanwhile, are 23-18-7. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen Los Angeles go 13-19-17 and the Ducks go 15-22-11 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Anaheim injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 3 (Los Angeles Kings) and the No. 5 (Anaheim Ducks) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 2.7 goals per game, against a Ducks defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.35 goals allowed. The Kings power play is averaging 21.92% while the Ducks defense kills off 89.82% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Anaheim won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Sharks on February 02. Bettors who backed the Ducks at -125 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 6-2 winner as they battled the Coyotes on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Kings at -158 were rewarded, while the 8 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Anaheim is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • Anaheim is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Anaheim is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games on the road
  • Anaheim is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games at home
  • Los Angeles is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • Los Angeles is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Anaheim
  • Los Angeles is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Anaheim

Next Betting Matchups

Anaheim home to Arizona, Friday, February 5th
Los Angeles at Boston, Tuesday, February 9th