NHL: Ducks’ first chance for redemption over SoCal rivals

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Updated: November 12, 2014
LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (pictured) has picked up his stellar form of last season so far in 2014-15

LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (pictured) has picked up his stellar form of last season so far in 2014-15

NHL featured betting preview: Los Angeles Kings (8-4-3, 19 pts) @ Anaheim Ducks (10-3-3, 23 pts); Honda Center, Anaheim, CA; Thursday, November 13, 2.40pm

This is the first game between the teams since the Los Angeles Kings eliminated the Anaheim Ducks in game 7 of the Western Conference second round series on May 16, which sent Teemu Selanne into retirement. The chant of “this is our house” from Los Angeles Kings fans at Honda Center on that May still haunts the Ducks. Anaheim allowed eight goals while going 4-0-1 against Los Angeles during the regular season, but its season ended with a 6-2 home loss in game 7 of the Western Conference semi-finals. The Kings went 3-1 at Anaheim during the series and scored the first five goals of the lopsided finale. It was a bitter end for the Ducks, who set club records with 54 wins and 116 points. The memory of that disheartening playoff exit may be serving as motivation for the Ducks (10-3-3), whose 23 points are the most in the West. Anaheim, however, has stumbled to a 3-2-3 mark in its past eight.

Los Angeles (8-4-3) has also made a streaky start, though it’s allowed one regulation goal during each game of a 2-0-1 stretch. The Kings’ Jonathan Quick has a 0.97 goals-against average in those three contests after posting a 3.32 GAA in his preceding 0-2-1 span. A hot Quick doesn’t bode well for the Ducks, who have managed only 12 goals in their past eight contests after recording 29 in the first eight. Corey Perry leads the Ducks with 11 goals, but he’ll miss a fourth straight game tonight. He’s eligible to come off injured reserve after landing there with a viral gland infection, which left him seriously ill and requiring intravenous fluids from a hospital last week. The illness has also hit defenseman Francois Beauchemin. But healed from a leg injury that forced him to miss a game last week, Anaheim’s Frederik Andersen is back in the line-up. He has a 1.25 GAA while going 1-0-2 since suffering his only regulation defeat.

 

Confirmed bet

Los Angeles Kings @ Anaheim Ducks -5 (one unit @ $1.95) – all signs point to a low scoring affair here. Both goalies are in great form – Andersen, whose 1.56 GAA ranks among the best in the NHL, went 3-0-0 with a 1.62 GAA against the Kings in the 2013-14 regular season. Quick was 3-2-0 with a 2.14 GAA at Anaheim in the regular season and playoffs last season. The Ducks’ absences in attack are also pretty much negated by LA’s weakened defense.

 

Today’s other game

Boston Bruins @ Toronto Maple Leafs

 

Yesterday’s results: 2-0-3, -1.0 units; overall record: 33-3-23, +8.51 units

Minnesota Wild @ New Jersey Devils WIN (one unit @ $2.05) WIN (1-3)

Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Rangers +5.5 (one unit @ $2.05) LOSE (0-5)

Columbus Blue Jackets @ Washington Capitals +5.5 (one unit @ $1.95) WIN (2-4)

Edmonton Oilers @ Nashville Predators -1.5 (one unit @ $2.65) LOSE (2-3)

Tampa Bay Lightning WIN @ Chicago Blackhawks (one unit @ $2.42) LOSE (2-3)

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT); prices with thanks to Unibet (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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