The Los Angeles Kings will look to double up on the Anaheim Ducks when they host their West Division rivals for the second straight game on Wednesday night.
The Kings (18-22-6) sit in seventh place in the West while Anaheim (14-28-7) is in the cellar, seven points back. The Kings have split their last four games and are slight favorites to win on Wednesday night. The NHL Odds for this West Division rivalry are live in the BetUS Online Sportsbook right now.
Anaheim Ducks at LA Kings
When: Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 10:00 p.m. ET
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
TV: BSW, KDOC, BSW+
LA Kings -165
Anaheim +1½ (-170)
LA Kings -1½ (+150)
Ducks Struggling to Find Net
Anaheim is struggling to score like crazy heading into Wednesday night. The Ducks have been limited to one goal in three straight games while getting held to two goals or fewer in five straight games. Jamie Drysdale scored, and Anthony Stolarz made 21 saves, but the Ducks have been held to a pitiful five goals while dropping five straight.
“This season’s been a little challenging to kind of get our guys some confidence and get the puck in the back of the net,” Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler said. “It’s something that we’re aware of. We’re trying to be more creative, we’re trying to throw some different looks, and it’s just one of those things that maybe once we see it happen a little bit more, then our guys get a little juice and confidence.”
Anaheim averages a pitiful 2.1 goals per game (31st) on 26.7 shot attempts per contest (31st). Defensively, the Ducks allow 3.2 goals per game (25th) on 30.9 shot attempts per contest (19th). Anaheim has gone 9-11-2 on the road this season.
Kings to Take Care of Business in L.A.
Los Angeles snapped a two-game skid by subduing Anaheim 4-1 on Monday night. Sean Walker, Mikey Anderson, Dustin Brown and Trevor Moore all lit the lamp and Jonathan Quick turned back 21 shots to get the win. Los Angeles has gone 4-5 over its last nine games with a pair of identical 4-1 wins over Anaheim along the way. The Kings are ranked 20th in scoring (2.7 GPG) and 19th in goals allowed (3.0 GPG). LA has gone 9-11-4 at home this season.
Back the Kings at Home in Ugly Affair
I picked Los Angeles to beat Anaheim on Monday night and they did. Now, I’m coming back with the Kings to repeat that feat. Not only has LA won three straight in this West Division rivalry, but the Kings have scored at least four goals in each victory while limiting the Ducks to a lone goal in each contest.
Anaheim is 15-37 in its last 52 games, 8-26 in their last 34 division games and 3-8 in its last 11 road games. Apparently, Los Angeles likes mid-week matchups. The Kings are 8-3 in their last 11 Wednesday games and an identical 8-3 in their last 11 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400.
The Road team in this rivalry is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings, but the favorite has gone a commanding 14-6 in the last 20 meetings. Keep it simple. Anaheim looks like a team that has nothing left to play for. The Kings might not either, but they’ve won four of nine while splitting their last four games evenly. There’s only one pick here for sports betting and it’s for the LA Kings to scratch out the narrow home win.
Pick: LA Kings -160