Kings vs. Ducks Betting Preview February 17th: L.A. to Take the Reigns in Western Conference

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The Los Angeles Kings celebrate a goal against the Buffalo Sabres on February 13, 2023. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Kings vs. Ducks Top Pick

NHL Pick: Kings Win in Regulation (-125) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review

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This Western Conference is up for grabs with just five points separating 1st to 6th.

Nobody seems to want to take control and the Los Angeles Kings can start to do just that with a victory against their in-state rivals in this divisional matchup.  

The Kings and Ducks have met three times already this season with the Kings winning two of the three meetings and outscoring their opponents 14-9 across all three matchups. Top-rated sportsbooks believe they can do so again tonight with the moneyline being set as low as (-250). 

Check out why believe the Kings can go 3-1 tonight against the league’s worst team as our top NHL pick tonight.    

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Los Angeles Kings vs. Anaheim Ducks 

Friday, February 17, 2023 – 09:00 PM EST at Honda Center 

Kings vs. Ducks Pick Breakdown

  • Los Angeles Kings to Win in Regulation

Coming into this game having lost three in a row and allowing 20 goals is far from good preparation for this Ducks team, while opponents the Kings won their previous two games scoring 11 goals and earning themselves a shutout.  

The Kings boss the powerplay and the Ducks are not good at stopping the powerplay, therefore we are more than happy to bet the Los Angeles Kings to win this game in regulation at (-125) NHL betting odds.  

Anaheim allows the 4th most amount of penalties per game, the Kings should get opportunities tonight on the powerplay as they have had an average of four per game across their three meetings with the Ducks this season.  

Let’s be honest, at even strength we believe the Kings can win this game against their rivals.  

NHL Pick: Kings Win in Regulation (-125) at Heritage Sports

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Stats and Trends  

Los Angeles Kings  

  • The total has gone over in 5 of Los Angeles' last 6 games 
  • Los Angeles is 4-1 in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Anaheim 
  • Los Angeles is 11-3 in their last 14 games against an opponent in the Western Conference 

Anaheim Ducks 

  • The total has gone over in 13 of Anaheim's last 16 games 
  • Anaheim is 6-3 in their last 9 games against an opponent in the Western Conference 
  • The total has gone under in 7 of Anaheim's last 10 games against Los Angeles 

Team Analysis 

Los Angeles Kings 

  • SU Record: 31-25 (11th)
  • SU Units: +2.8 units
  • ROI Average: 5.02%
  • Over/Under Record: 29-21-6

The Kings have dominated their opposition in recent weeks having gone 11-3 in their previous 14 games in the Western Conference. Having won 5 of their last 7 games across the NHL the Kings now find themselves just three points shy of the Golden Knights for the top spot in the Pacific division as well as being just four points behind the leaders in the Western Conference.  

The Kings rank middle of the pack in terms of goals scored, goals allowed and shots taken, but where the Kings have struggled this season has been on the penalty kill with just the 26th-best in the league. However, they should be okay tonight against the Ducks who have the worst power play in the league.  

The Kings have excelled on their own power play as they have the 4th best in the league hitting at 25.1%. They also allow just the 5th least amount of shots per game.  

Anaheim Ducks  

  • SU Record: 17-39 (32nd)
  • SU Units: -12.6 units
  • ROI Average: -22.43%
  • Over/Under Record: 32-24

Poor old Anaheim, it’s like ground-hog day every time we talk about them but the fact of the matter is they still remain one of the league’s worst teams with an overall record sitting at 17-32-6 and rank as the worst team in the entire league in terms of goals allowed, shots allowed and their powerplay.  

They have the second worst league ranking in terms of goals scored per game (just 2.45) and have the 4th worst penalty kill and sitting bottom of the Pacific division, and second last in the Western Conference, only ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks by three points, although Chicago has two games in hand.

The Ducks come into this game missing a total of five players including their best Troy Terry who hasn’t played in 10 days following an upper-body injury, Terry is currently on the IR list.