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#167 Anaheim Ducks vs.
#168 Los Angeles Kings
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 10:05pm EDT
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Written by Valdis Pans

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Two teams, both currently riding two-game losing runs, will try to end their skids while facing off against each other on Tuesday, as the Los Angeles Kings (7th in West Division) will play host to the Anaheim Ducks (8th in the West).

Ducks Lose Two In Row

The Anaheim Ducks (14-25-7) recorded two consecutive defeats (0-2-0) after being swept by the Vegas Golden Knights in their two-game head-to-head set, following up Friday’s 4-0 shutout loss with a 5-2 setback at Honda Center on Sunday. The Ducks outshot the visitors 35-29, but went 2-for-3 on penalty kill and failed to convert on four power-play chances of their own, eventually allowing two goals in each of the first two periods and an empty-netter in the final third, lighting the lamp just twice themselves. Max Comtois (13 goals, 27 points this year) and Danton Heinen (6 goals, 10 points) both scored for Anaheim, which is 3-6-1 in its last 10 overall fixtures.

Goalie John Gibson stopped 24 shots on Sunday to take his current performance record to 8-16-6 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.98 GAA and a .903 save percentage. He has picked up a 12-6-0 career total against the Los Angeles Kings with a 2.17 GAA and a .924 save percentage. The Ducks, meanwhile, are scoring the absolute lowest quantity of goals per game this season (2.22), while allowing the 8th highest amount in their defensive zone (3.15). The team sits at the bottom of the league in power-play (10.7%) and ranks 17th in penalty kill (78.8%).

Kings Drop Two Straight

The Los Angeles Kings (16-20-6) recorded their third defeat in the past four contests (1-3-0), losing to the Vegas Golden Knights for the second time in a row (0-2-0) after following up last Monday’s 4-2 domestic setback with a 6-2 loss at Staples Center last Wednesday. The Kings killed their only penalty and went 1-for-1 on power play, but were outshot 32-22, ultimately allowing three snipes in the opening frame, one in the second and two more in the final third, scoring no more than twice themselves for the 12th time in their last 17 matchups. Trevor Moore (7 goals, 18 points this year) banked a double for L.A., which has won just one of its last six home games (1-5-0).

Goalie Jonathan Quick (8-9-2 on the season with a 3.06 GAA and a .890 save percentage) gave up three goals on eight shots in the first 15-and-a-half minutes of play before being pulled for Calvin Petersen (7-11-4 on the year with a 2.74 GAA and a .918 save percentage), who made 21 saves in relief. Petersen is 0-1-1 versus Anaheim in past encounters with a 3.93 GAA and a .881 save percentage, while Quick has posted a 22-13-8 career record against the Ducks with a 2.46 GAA and a .908 save percentage. The Kings are 12th in least goals scored per game this season (2.69), 14th in most goals conceded on average (3.00), 13th in power play (21.4%) and 4th in penalty kill (84.4%).

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Neither team is competing for a place in the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs, so neither will have that extra motivation to succeed. Still, simply taking their last few performances into consideration, you have to go with Anaheim in this one! Despite a 5-2 defeat, the team had a pretty strong showing against the Vegas Golden Knights in its most recent fixture and has been quite a threat when playing away from home, having delivered five victories on its last six travels. The Ducks have also managed to beat the Kings in five of their previous seven overall contests, including the very last two meetings at Staples Center. Besides, the recent home record of Los Angeles is quite a meager one, with the Kings having managed to bank just one triumph on the last six occasions, losing by more than one goal in four of those games.

Prediction: Anaheim Ducks (+120)

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Neither the Ducks nor the Kings have been burying a lot of goals lately, but are in for a little rediscovery of their scoring touches while taking advantage of each other’s defensive frailties. In fact, five of the last eight head-to-head matchups between Los Angeles and Anaheim have already gone past the five-goal barrier, averaging no less than 7.20 markers per fixture. The very last six overall contests of the Kings have also gone over the total, recording an average of 6.83 tallies per clash, while the most recent three Tuesday games of the Ducks have all been high-scoring contests.

Prediction: Over 5.5
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