Los Angeles Kings at Anaheim Ducks - 2/25/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Los Angeles Kings at Anaheim Ducks - 2/25/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Anaheim Ducks (25-19-9) vs Los Angeles Kings (27-17-7)

Game Info: Friday, February 25, 2022 at 10:00 pm (Honda Center)

Betting Odds: Anaheim Ducks -120 / Los Angeles Kings -105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Anaheim Ducks host the Los Angeles Kings in Friday NHL Action.

The Los Angeles Kings come into this road contest with an overall record of 27-17-7. Through 51 games, the Kings are 3rd in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 150 times, good for a rank of 17th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Los Angeles is the 10th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.76 goals per game. So far, the Kings have a strength of schedule rating of 12th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 14th ranked team in the NHL.

The Anaheim Ducks get set to host the Los Angeles Kings with an overall record of 25-19-9. This mark places them 4th in the Pacific division. Through 53 games, the Ducks have scored 160 goals, giving them an average of 2.94. This output gives them a rank of 14th among NHL teams. On defense, Anaheim is the 22nd ranked unit, giving up 2.96 goals per contest. So far, the Ducks have played the 13th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Anaheim's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 18th in the NHL.

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Coming into this game, the Los Angeles King's leader in points is Anze Kopitar. In his team's 51 games, he has come up with 14 goals and 33 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 10.1%. However, when on the ice, the Kings are -6 in scoring differential. The team's top overall goal scorer is Adrian Kempe. Of his 23 goals, 17.0% have come during power play time. Los Angeles's top goalie is Calvin Petersen, who is giving up an average of 2.68 goals per game. In his 21 games played, he has turned in 12 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 48 games, the Anaheim Ducks' goal and overall scoring leader is Troy Terry, with 44 points. He has reached his mark of 26 goals, on a shooting percentage of 23.9%. So far, 27.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Trevor Zegras, who has 26 assists to go along with his 13 goals. However, when on the ice, the Ducks are -11 in scoring differential. Anaheim's top goalie is John Gibson, who is giving up an average of 2.77 goals per game. In his 37 games played, he has turned in 22 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Los Angeles's 51 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 30-20. So far, the Kings have been a good bet on the road as they have covered in 17 of their 24 road games. On the season, the Los Angeles Kings have a per-game scoring differential of 0.14. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.04 goals. Heading into their game with the Anaheim Ducks, the Kings have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 19 goals, accounting for 54.0% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 2.9 goals per game 4 times. Look for the Kings to pick up a road win over the Ducks.

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