Los Angeles Kings vs. Anaheim Ducks - 12/12/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Los Angeles Kings vs Anaheim Ducks
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019
Location: Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Kings (+125) Ducks (-138)
Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings (12-18-2, 8th in the Pacific Division) go to Honda Center on Thursday where they'll meet the Anaheim Ducks (13-14-4, 7th in the Pacific Division). The Ducks open this matchup at -138 while the Kings are coming in at +125. The total opens at 5.5. The Kings are covering 37.5% of the time, having gone 12-20 SU. Anaheim is covering 40.0% of the time, going 12-18 straight up.
The Los Angeles Kings head into this game holding a record of 12 wins and 18 defeats, which puts them at 8th in the Pacific Division. Thus far in the season, they have racked up a total of 80 goals which has them sitting at 15th in the West and 28th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -23, which puts them at 28th in the NHL. The Kings have compiled a total of 26 points, which has them sitting at 29th in the NHL and 15th in the Western Conference. When it comes to shots toward the net, they have compiled a total of 1,091 which has them sitting at 2nd in the West and 2nd in the NHL. As a group, Los Angeles has obtained a total of 501 hits which means they have an average of 15.7 per game. They have compiled a total of 318 blocks for the season. In goal for Los Angeles is Jonathan Quick from Milford, Connecticut. He is 34 years old and has racked up 1,247 minutes in goal for the season. Quick is giving up an average of 3.13 GAA which has him placed 24th in the Western Conference and 44th in the NHL. For the season, he has surrendered 65 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .888 which has him placed 28th in the Western Conference.
The Los Angeles Kings were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 1 win over the New York Rangers the last time they stepped on the ice. The Kings had a middle of the road offensive output in this win. For this game, they finished 3 out of the 26 shots they put on goal. Moreover, they had 1 power play attempt but weren't able to score. Los Angeles earned 14 penalty mins for this outing. The Corsi for the Kings sat at 40 and the Corsi against was 35 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 53.3%. Their Fenwick was 32 and the Fenwick against was 28, which means they had a rate of 53.3%. They took 19 face-off wins and lost 23 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 43.0% and they had a PDO of 118.8 in this one. Concerning opponent stats, the New York Rangers earned 30 shots. They finished with a total of 12 minutes in the box and they notched 2 power play opportunities.
The Ducks are the team on the other side of the ice and for the year they have 13 victories and 14 defeats. When discussing goal differential, they are currently sitting 11th in the Western Conference and 23rd in the league with -10. They have earned a total of 81 goals for the season which is 14th in the Western Conference. Anaheim has a team save % of .907 which has them 15th in the league, meaning scoring chances could present themselves. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.0% ranking them 9th in the conference. In net for Anaheim is John Gibson who is having a marginal campaign by allowing 2.82 goals against average and that ranks him 14th in the Western Conference and 26th in the NHL. In the 1,360 minutes he has been on the ice, he's allowed 64 goals. His save percentage is .910, which has him sitting 14th in the Western Conference and 26th in the NHL.
The Anaheim Ducks squared up with the Minnesota Wild in an outing where the Ducks ended up with the victory by a final of 3 - 2. For this game, Anaheim earned a 57.8% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 37 while the opposition had a Corsi of 27. Their Fenwick rate was 56.0% by notching a Fenwick of 28 and the Wild having earned a 22 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Anaheim had and you can say they had a mediocre outing. Their PDO at even strength was 90.2 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 68.4%. The Ducks netted 3 goals out of the 33 shots on goal they tried. They had 3 power play chances in this game and scored 1 out of those tries. Regarding their opponent, the Wild had 5 power play opportunities but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Anaheim conceded 24 shots on goal and the Wild had 11 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Los Angeles (+125)
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