It’s becoming increasingly clear that Anaheim will win the Pacific division for the first time in six years, but they can secure this objective by defeating their local rivals at home. LA Kings won five of the last seven games but are yet to record their first success at Honda center this season.
Match: Anaheim vs LA Kings
Odds: William Hill 2.10
The host will be playing without Ryan Getzlaf, as the veteran is day to day and coach Bruce Boudreau has no reasons to push him until he is fully recovered. With a 12 points cushion atop the Pacific division, the Ducks should have an easy mission in consolidating their lead over the remaining 10 rounds. Winning against LA Kings and San Jose is pretty much all they need to make sure that a divisional rival won’t strip them of their title.
Home ice advantage has been huge in the series, with both teams winning the games played in front of their fans by a comfortable margin. The Kings are only one point ahead of the Sharks, with San Jose being the hottest team in NHL and having a game in hand. This means that the visitors will need to scrap a point at Honda Center, if they are to retain the fourth point that will give them an extra home game in the playoffs. They have lost two of the last three games played away from Los Angeles, and conceded an average of three goals per match.
Based on past performance, bookmakers regard the hosts as favorite to win and William Hill offers odds of 2.10 for a home victory in regulation time. Even without Getzlaf, Anaheim should fire enough shots at Jonathan Quick’s net to outshine the visitors in 60 min.