Los Angeles Kings at Anaheim Ducks - NHL Best Bet of the day

Mar 25, 2019; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11) during the first period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

In today’s NHL Best Bet series, we focus on two Western teams floating at the bottom of the standings as the NHL regular season quickly comes to an end. The Los Angeles Kings make the short (traffic permitting) drive south to tangle with the Anaheim Ducks Friday at 10:00 p.m. ET.

Odds provided by FanDuel; for a full-set of today’s sports betting odds, access them at USA TODAY Sports.

By the Numbers

  • Anaheim is 6-3-1 in their last 10, winners of their last two. They’ve averaged 3.0 goals per game.
  • At home, the Ducks are 21-19 ATS this season (40-41 overall), and 18-14-6-2 on the moneyline. They’re also 16-23-1 O/U.
  • Los Angeles is 5-4-1 in their last 10, winners of their last game. They’ve averaged 2.9 goals per game.
  • On the road, the Kings are 23-17 ATS this season (41-39 overall), and 30-41-5-4 on the moneyline. They’re also 16-22-2 O/U away from home.

Projected Goalie Starters

Jack Campbell vs. John Gibson

Of Campbell’s last five appearances, he started three of them and came in relief in others. In the games he started, he allowed just three goals on 130 shots faced (0.977 save percentage!) and recorded a shutout vs. Calgary March 25th. In one meeting with the Ducks this season, Campbell had a .968 save percentage allowing one of the 31 shots he faced.

Gibson has picked up eight wins in his past 10 games, including three straight. He’s given up at least two goals in eight of those games, but has not had a lot of support in front of him much of the season. In one meeting with the Kings this year, he allowed 3.03 GAA on 23-of-26 shooting, for an .885 save percentage.

Key Injuries

Sean Walker, Blake Lizotte and Ilya Kovalchuk have been scratched for the Kings, while Kurtis MacDermid (upper-body) and Brendan Leipsic (lower body) are banged up and unlikely to go, but neither provides much to rely on.

Troy Terry (leg) is done for the season, while Josh Manson (upper body) didn’t play Wednesday and probably won’t risk it in this one after a disappointing season.

NHL Best Bet

Moneyline: Look for Anaheim to pull out a tight win, they’re at -160 on the day. If you’re feeling the Kings, they’re in at +135.

Against the spread: The Ducks are being spotted -1.5 favorites in this one, and it easily could be a one-goal game. Considering both squads have been known to disappoint this season, it’s better to pass on the spread here.

Over/under: This one has the makings for coming up short, as both goalies are playing fairly well and both offenses have sputtered at times throughout the year. Take the under on the 5.5 at -130.

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