NHL Hockey: Anaheim Ducks at Los Angeles Kings - Ducks Favored
The Ducks look to increase their Pacific Division lead and extend a four-game road winning streak at Staples Center against the last-place Kings in the opener of a home-and-home series Saturday night.
Oddsmakers have made Anaheim -175 money line (NHL Odds) favorites for todays game, the over/under has been set at 5.5 total
goals (View NHL Sports Books).
Anaheim (34-16-8) is in third place in the Western Conference behind Nashville and Detroit, while Los Angeles (19-31-9) continues to linger in last place with 47 points. The Ducks have won their last four visits to Staples Center since a 3-2 shootout defeat on Jan. 23, 2006.
The Kings ended a seven-game overall losing streak to Anaheim in the last meeting between these teams, 3-2 on Dec. 3 at the Honda Center, where this home-and-home will conclude Sunday. Alexander Frolov had two goals for Los Angeles in the Dec. 3 matchup.
On Thursday night, Anaheim snapped a three-game losing streak, rallying from three goals down to defeat Phoenix 5-4 in overtime. Teemu Selanne scored twice including the game-winner at 1:53 of the extra session.
"Hopefully this is a turning point for us," said Selanne, whose team had been just 5-11-1 since Dec. 29. "I almost forgot how good it feels to win a game."
Selanne, who also had an assist, moved past New York Islanders great Bryan Trottier into sole possession of 27th place on the NHL's all-time goals list.
He has six goals and 13 points in his last seven games against Los Angeles.
Los Angeles returns home after a 2-1-2 road trip, but has lost five straight at Staples Center since a 4-2 victory over Detroit on Jan. 6. The Kings have scored just eight goals during that skid, going 0-for-27 on the power play.
Los Angeles ended its trip with its only loss in regulation, 2-1 to Carolina on Tuesday night.
Despite the result, Sean Burke was solid again in goal for Los Angeles, stopping 27 shots. He is 3-3-2 with a 2.16 goals-against average in nine games since joining the Kings off waivers from Tampa Bay on Jan. 18.
The 40-year-old goaltender is also 2-1-2 with a 1.57 GAA in five games this month.
"This organization has shown confidence in me, playing me almost every night and I know a lot of these guys and have a lot of respect for these guys," Burke told the Kings' official Web site. "I think we have played tremendous and have had a chance to win almost every single night."
Los Angeles signed center Derek Armstrong to a two-year contract extension Wednesday. He has nine goals, a career-high 30 assists and 50 penalty minutes in 54 games this season.
Armstrong leads the team with a plus-16 rating, and has six points in his last five games.
by: Gary Roberts - theSpread.com - Email Us
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