NHL Betting: Ducks to fly past Los Angeles iin open-air clash


Carolina-Ottawa

It’s midday faceoff for these two clubs because a snowstorm in Raleigh caused a push back from last night.

Both are going through strong spells of form on the whole though it's Carolina coming in on an actual winning streak of two. Notably the Senators have only lost the once in regulation since the turn of the year. Erik Karlsson's freewheeling from the back defines them but the best results have come when they've managed to avoid the game opening up.

Goaltending has played a significant part in their upturns, with the improving Craig Anderson for Ottawa and Anton Khudobin back from injury for Carolina. Each regularly face 30 shots and had struggling penalty kill units to solidify.

Of the Hurricanes' 19 losses in regulation just three have come by one goal and 15 of their 22 victories by that same small margin, so that shows when the games have been close against teams of a similar level they've managed to find a way to grind out at least a point.

I'll take Carolina including overtime as a fall back at 1.83.

 

Los Angeles-Anaheim

The first of two outdoor games this weekend is hosted by LA at Dodger Stadium, as the NHL's inaugural Stadium Series kicks off to try and build on the success of the Winter & Heritage Classics.

California isn't the typical setting for open air hockey but the open air should add another level of intrigue to what was already a key matchup even if there is little threat of a snowstorm like at the Winter Classic in Michigan earlier this month.

They played out a tight yet engrossing contest on Thursday which the Ducks edged 2-1. It was a fourth loss in a row for the Kings, all on the road, and they haven't won back to back home ties in six which for an elite team is surprising.

For Anaheim to really be able to assert themselves offensively they needed proper backup for Getzlaf and Perry, breakout man Nick Bonino has provided it as their second line center and he's on pace for 60 points in his first full NHL season.

For all their talent only Anze Kopitar has more points than Bonino for the Kings, surely their offence will explode soon but at the moment they aren't doing enough.

On an open pond I think the value is with the Ducks flying through.

 

Best Bet: Anaheim Ducks to win at 2.65