The NHL is set up with a solid night of hockey throughout Friday night. Four games will be up on the board throughout April 30. One of these matchups will be between the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks. These two teams have struggled this season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.
Los Angeles has earned a record of 18-23-6 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in seventh place of the West Division. The Kings are coming off a loss in their last game and have lost three of their last four. Los Angeles could still make a playoff push, but pretty much need to win out with only nine games remaining. The Kings will look to earn a big win in this one.
The Ducks have put up a record of 15-28-7 throughout this season, which has them in last place of the West Division. Anaheim is coming off a win in their last game, which ended a five game losing streak. The Ducks will look to build on that win as they try to finish this season out with some pride. Anaheim will look to knock off their California rival on Friday night.
These two teams have struggled throughout this season, but will look to earn a big two points in this one. The Kings have been the better team overall this season, but Anaheim will look to earn a big win in this one. The Ducks have struggled heavily this season and will look to at least earn a win in this one. If either team can control the pace early, it should be enough to grab the two points.
The Kings and the Ducks have met up six times so far this season. Anaheim was able to win the first two games of the season series. Nicolas Deslauriers had a goal and an assist in the first game as the Ducks earned a 3-1 win. Rickard Rakell had two goals and an assist, while Max Comtois had three assists in the second game as Anaheim won 6-5 in overtime.
Anaheim hosted the third game of the season series on March 10. Adrian Kempe had two goals to help give the Kings a big 5-1 win on the road. The fourth game of the season series shifted back to Los Angeles on April 20. Andreas Athanasiou and Blake Lizotte both had a goal and two assists in that matchup. Cal Petersen stopped 24 of 25 shots as the Kings won 4-1.
The fifth game of the season series stayed in Los Angeles on April 26. Jamie Drysdale scored the lone goal for the Ducks, which was not enough. Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist to help lift the Kings to the win. Jonathan Quick finished with 21 saves on 22 shots as Los Angeles was able to earn another 4-1 win at home.
The sixth and most recent game of the season series was in Los Angeles on April 28. Adrian Kempe had a goal and an assist, while Gabriel Vilardi scored as well to give the Kings an early 2-0 lead. Sam Carrick and Sam Steel both scored in the second as well to tie it up though. Cam Fowler scored with a minute left in the third to give the Ducks a 3-2 win.
Los Angeles has been solid on both sides of special teams throughout this season. The Kings have capitalized on 31 of their 155 power play chances, which is a 20 percent success rate. Los Angeles has killed off 112 of their opponents 133 power play attempts, which is an 84.2 percent penalty kill. The Kings will look to step up on special teams in this one as well.
The Ducks have struggled heavily on the power play so far this season. Anaheim has scored on 11 of their 112 power play opportunities, which is a 9.8 percent power play. The Ducks have been a bit better on the penalty kill. Anaheim has given up 30 power play goals on 150 penalties against, which is an 80 percent kill rate.
The Kings have the edge on special teams in this one with their power play and penalty kill performing well. Los Angeles has been around the league average on the power play, but have a big edge on the Ducks struggling penalty kill. If the Kings can get going with the man advantage in this one, it could give them the edge on Friday night.
I expect Calvin Petersen to get the start in the crease for the Kings in this one. Petersen has started in 26 games this season, going 8-14-4 through those games. He has put up a .916 save percentage and a GAA of 2.75. Petersen’s last start was against the Ducks, where he stopped 19 of 22 shots in the losing effort. He will look to bounce back in this one.
John Gibson will likely get the nod between the pipes for Anaheim on Friday night. Gibson has earned a record of 9-17-6 through 32 starts this season. He has posted a save percentage of .902 and a 3.01 GAA in his games played. Gibson finished with 28 saves on 30 shots in his last start against Los Angeles, which was enough for the win.
The Kings have a slight edge in this one with how Petersen has been playing this season. Petersen has lost eight of his last nine though and will look to finally bounce back in this one. Gibson has lost five of his last six, but will look to build on Wednesday nights win. If either goalie can get into a groove early in this one, it could help their team grab an important win.
These two teams have not been great throughout this season, but will look for a big win in this one. Both teams have gone 3-3 against each other this season and will look to gain the leg up with a win in this one. The Ducks are coming off a come from behind win on Wednesday night and will look to bring momentum into this one. I think the Kings will bounce back with a big win of their own though.
BetOnline has Los Angeles listed as a -117 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Kings will win this game around 53.9 percent of the time. I agree with this line as Los Angeles has the better special teams and overall record this season. The Kings will look to bounce back with a big win after losing their last matchup to Anaheim.