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#15 Los Angeles Kings 5.5 vs.
#16 Anaheim Ducks -145
Monday, December 2, 2019 at 10:05pm EST
Honda Center, Anaheim
Written by Chris Kubala

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A pair of Pacific Division rivals from the Golden State take the ice to start off the week. The Los Angeles Kings make the trip within the state as they take the relatively short trip to face the Anaheim Ducks Monday night. Los Angeles comes in off a 2-1 home win over Winnipeg Saturday night in their previous game. Anaheim had faced Winnipeg at home on Friday night, suffering a 3-0 defeat in their previous contest. The teams have split the last 10 meetings with the Ducks claiming a 5-2 victory in the most recent matchup on April 5, 2019.

Los Angeles Kings Look for Second Straight Win

Los Angeles had dropped three of four before edging a tired Winnipeg team playing their second game in as many nights. The Kings enter the game in the basement of the Pacific Division: they are seven points behind the Sharks for the final guaranteed playoff spot and 11 back of the Oilers in the division race. Los Angeles is 26th in the league in goals for as they average 2.59 goals per game on the year. The Kings are 27th in goals against as they allow 3.30 goals per contest this year. Los Angeles is 29th on the power play as they convert only 11.8 percent of their chances with the man advantage this season. The Kings are 26th in penalty killing as they have successfully gotten through 75.6 percent of their shorthanded situations this year.

In their last game, it was a low-scoring affair but the Kings did enough to earn the two points. Los Angeles controlled the play in the opening period, outshooting the Ducks 19-6 and took a 2-0 lead to the dressing room. Joakim Ryan scored his first of the year at 7:34 off an assist from Dustin Brown to open the scoring. Later in the period, Nikolai Prokhorkin gave Los Angeles a 2-0 advantage with his third of the year at the 12:12 mark. Trevor Lewis and Paul LaDue drew the assists on that marker. The second period saw the Kings outshot 15-8 with neither side lighting the lamp, leaving the Kings with their two-goal edge after 40 minutes. In the final stanza, Los Angeles was outshot 13-7 and outscored 1-0 but that left them up a goal when the game came to a close. Jack Campbell made 33 saves in the win for the Kings, who are expected to start Jonathan Quick in goal here. Both teams finished with 34 shots on goal in the contest.

Anaheim Ducks Seeking to Defend Home Ice

Anaheim was unable to get anything going at home against Winnipeg and it ended up costing them the game. The Ducks entered Sunday sixth in the Pacific Division, five points behind San Jose for the final guaranteed playoff spot and 10 back of Edmonton for the division lead. Anaheim is 25th in goals for as they average 2.63 goals per game so far this season. The Ducks are currently tied for 16th in the league in goals against as they give up three goals per game. Anaheim is 30th in power play success as they have converted just 10 percent of their chances with the man advantage. The Ducks are 24th in the league in penalty killing as they have successfully worked through 76.7 percent of their shorthanded situations this year.

In their last game, the Ducks were shut down offensively and it ended up with them taking a loss at home. Anaheim saw the shots even at four in the opening period with neither team lighting the lamp. In the second period, the Ducks held a 13-7 edge in shots on goal in the contest but they were outscored 2-0 to trail by that score after two periods of play. The final period saw Anaheim outshot 9-7 and outscored 1-0 to end up on the wrong end of a shutout loss. In the game, the Ducks’ lack of offensive production doomed the team and negated a decent outing from goaltender John Gibson, who made 17 saves in the game. Anaheim held a 24-20 edge in shots on goal in the contest.

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Anaheim has struggled to put the puck in the net of late and their shutout loss to Winnipeg has to be a bit disheartening given that it came on home ice. Los Angeles has struggled to score all season long but they have had serious issues on the road this season. The Kings are 2-9-1 as the visiting team this season and that doesn’t bode well for their chances. Anaheim has a winning record at home (7-5-2) and they know they need to start stringing together some victories if they want to get back in the playoff picture. Look for the Ducks to take advantage of having an extra day of rest and the home-ice advantage to get a victory in this one.

Prediction: Anaheim Ducks -135

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There's not a ton to write home about offensively for either team this season. On the road, the Kings have a massive -26 goal differential (50-24) despite outshooting the opposition by 65 (408-343) in those games. Los Angeles has seen an average of 6.17 goals per game on the road this season though most of those come from the opposition. Anaheim has a +1 goal differential (39-38) despite being outshot by 37 (446-409) at home this season. The average game for the Ducks at home sees an average of 5.50 goals per game. Will either team generate much offensively here?

The under is 10-3 in the Kings' last 13 games overall and 5-0 in their last five games on the road. Given the way that the teams have struggled offensively, you have to think that this one might be a 3-1 or 3-2 type of game. Look for it to fall short of the total when all is said and done.

Prediction: Under 5.5
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Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chris’ content daily.