Anaheim Ducks at Los Angeles Kings - 4/23/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Anaheim Ducks at Los Angeles Kings - 4/23/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings (42-27-10) vs Anaheim Ducks (30-34-14)

Game Info: Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 10:30 pm ( Arena)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Kings -245 / Anaheim Ducks +205 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Anaheim Ducks come into this road contest with an overall record of 30-34-14. Through 78 games, the Ducks are 6th in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 220 times, good for a rank of 23rd among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Anaheim is the 23rd-ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.21 goals per game. So far, the Ducks have a strength of schedule rating of 11th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 21st-ranked team in the NHL.

The Los Angeles Kings get set to host the Anaheim Ducks with an overall record of 42-27-10. This mark places them 3rd in the Pacific division. Through 79 games, the Kings have scored 228 goals, giving them an average of 2.84. This output gives them a rank of 20th among NHL teams. On defense, Los Angeles is the 13th ranked unit, giving up 2.84 goals per contest. So far, the Kings have played the 15th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Los Angeles's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 17th in the NHL.

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Through 71 games, the Anaheim Ducks goal and overall scoring leader is Troy Terry with 64 points. He has reached his mark of 36 goals, on a shooting percentage of 20.1%. So far, 22.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Trevor Zegras, who has 36 assists to go along with his 21 goals. However, when on the ice, the Ducks are -24 in scoring differential. Anaheim's top goalie is John Gibson, who is giving up an average of 3.16 goals per game.

Through 79 games, Los Angeles' leading goal scorer is Adrian Kempe. With his 34 goals and 18 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 52. On the season, he is turning 14.3% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Kings have benefited from the strong play of Anze Kopitar, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Los Angeles's 79 games, he has come up with 19 goals on a shooting percentage of 9.3%. However, when on the ice, the Kings are -8 in scoring differential. Los Angeles's top goalie is Jonathan Quick, who is giving up an average of 2.6 goals per game. In his 44 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 52 percent of the time.

In Anaheim's 78 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 38-37-3. So far, taking the over when the Ducks are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 21-16-1. On the season, 53.0% of Anaheim's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 45.0% of the scoring coming from the Ducks. Coming into this game, the Kings have an over-under record of 33-44-2. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 18-21-1. On the season, 46.0% of Los Angeles's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 47.0% of the scoring coming from the Kings. Look for this matchup to finish above the line of 6 goals, as two strong offensive teams should have no problem finding the net vs some mediocre defensive units.

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