Anaheim has clinched a playoff spot and is overwhelming favorite of winning the division, so visiting the LA Kings at Staples Center doesn’t add to the pressure. The hosts on the other hand, are hard pressed to win most of the remaining games, if they are to secure home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Match: LA Kings vs Anaheim
Bet: LA Kings
Odds: William Hill 2.00
Anaheim welcomes Ryan Getzlaf back, but even without their inspirational captain the Ducks were unable to defeat Colorado at home. Hiller was held responsible for conceding four goals in the match, and his replacement Fasth is very likely to start the game against the Kings. Anaheim won five of the last six games including one shootout over their local rivals, but face a highly motivated opponent.
LA has a minimum advantage over San Jose and the Sharks are favorites to win away at Dallas, so the only way to stay ahead is by prevailing tonight. Jonathan Quick has an extraordinary percentage against the Ducks, as he won six of the last eight starts with the goal average of 2.35. Anaheim tends to shoot a lot but their accuracy has been subpar in April, just as their penalty killing. The hosts will need Jeff Carter and their entire offensive line to come out firing on all cylinders, and contain the Ducks before they can take an early lead.
The local derby has LA Kings as favorites to win, with home ice advantage and superior motivation being the leading factors. William Hill prices the hosts at even odds, high enough to justify a full stakes bet on a regulation time victory for the Kings over their rivals.