Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings - Free NHL Pick 4/4/19
Start time: 10:00 PM ET
Ducks money line: -155
Ducks -1.5: +175
It’s not the sexiest card tonight in the NHL with just three games, and the Kings-Ducks offers a matchup of two teams who on the outside appear to have nothing to play for but pride.
This will be the first time since 2003 that the Los Angeles area (L.A and Anaheim) won’t be sending a team to the playoffs. However, on the inside, this is like a playoff game for the two teams. Separated by just 50 miles, these two teams do not like each other and the rivalry has provided some intense games this year with lots of fighting on the ice.
All that being said, Anaheim comes in with more momentum and with the game on their home ice.
The Kings have won just 7 of their last 26 games and are 3-9 in their last 12 as a road underdog. The Ducks are coming off a two-game winning streak, including a win over the NHL’s second best team, Calgary.
The home team has won four of the last five in this series and nine of the last 11 has been won by the favorite. Anaheim hasn’t beaten the Kings in three tries this year, one which includes a shootout loss, so they will be more energized to end the season with a win over their crosstown rival and have been the better playing team of late.
Give me the Ducks to beat the Kings tonight straight-up.
Best Bet: Anaheim Ducks -115
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Thoughts on rest of tonight's games...
As for what else is going on tonight, I am staying away from Columbus at the New York Rangers. I do think Columbus has everything to play for with their playoff lives on the line and the Rangers eliminated from contention, but -255 ML as a road favorite is too much for my blood. I’d rather get live action on Columbus when it drops to -1 after the puck drops and take the chance on a win or push. But not going to bet them at -1.5.