NHL online betting concerns are mounting as the Kings have fallen into a neck and neck race for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference NHL hockey betting race.
The Los Angeles Kings will host the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night with a starting time of 10:30 PM ET. This Freeway Series matchup is loaded with Western Conference playoff implications so be sure and have your Sports Gambling account open and ready for action on the side and total.
Anaheim has been one of the most up and down teams with the hockey betting line this year and was 16-15-2-1 on the road with 18 of their 34 away games going under the total. The Ducks were ranked 12th in goal scoring and 20th for goals against which has been their weakness all season.
Goaltender Jonas Hiller has been overworked with 48 starts and a 2.50 goals against average with 26 wins and 5 shutouts and has been on indefinite status due to fatigue.
Los Angeles has been on a wild ride themselves this season as they have alternated between looking like a solid playoff team and a squad that was overrated and incapable of a playoff run. The Kings were 20-11-2-0 at home with the hockey odds and went over the total in just 12 out of 33 of those games as a host.
The Kings were suffering from a severe drop in offensive production as they ranked 21st for goal scoring. The Kings 5th ranked defense for goals against is what has kept them in the race. Goaltender Jonathan Quick had a 2.20 goals against average with 29 wins and 6 shutouts while center Anze Kopitar led LA with 24 goals and 45 assists.
Los Angeles has paid out in 8 of their last 11 matchups with Anaheim and has won the last 2 meetings in this head to head series. The Ducks and Kings have gone under the total in their last 3 consecutive matchups.
The Kings have gotten the money in 4 of their last 5 NHL online betting matchups at home against the Ducks and the series has gone under the total in 4 of the last 6 meetings at the Staples Center.