We’ve lost two in a row now in our NHL gambling bet of the night. But tonight it’s going to be different, we’re going to end the week proper with taking the Los Angeles Kings over the Anaheim Ducks.
Yeah, we know that the entire point of our NHL gambling bet of the night is to win. So why are we taking a team that has literally lost all of its last five games?
It’s not very complicated but let us explain why at +135 the Kings are a good bet to make on the NHL’s limited Friday schedule.
Bet Of The Night
[+135] Record : 24-16-5, Road Record : 13-7-2, Form (Last 5) :
|LAK 3-4 LAK||LAK 3-4 LAK||LAK 2-4 ANA||LAK 1-4 SJS||LAK 1-3 PIT|
[-155] Record : 21-16-9, Home Record : 11-8-3, Form (Last 5) :
|ANA 1-2 EDM||ANA 2-3 CGY||ANA 4-2 LAK||ANA 1-3 COL||ANA 5-3 PIT|
The Los Angeles Kings are a good team. This slide is uncharacteristic of their play this season. They control the play, they’re big, they’re physical, and they have one heck of a good goalie.
But sometimes that just ain’t enough to win hockey games. The Kings hit a wall we all knew they’d hit when Jeff Carter went down with injury. Where were the goals going to come from exactly?
For years now LA hasn’t been a goal scoring team. They’ve typically ranked somewhere in the middle of the pack if not lower in the NHL in terms of goal scoring. When you look at the last five games they scored an average of two goals a game. That ain’t enough to win hockey games in 2018. Maybe in 2003 when the Devils trap teams dominated, but not in the speed-crazed NHL of today.
So why does that change today? Because the Kings are going on the road…sort of. I know Anaheim isn’t too far, but the game isn’t at the Staples Center so it counts.
In the Kings last five road outings, they’re +6 in terms of goal differential scoring an average of 3.4 goals a game. That’s one heck of a difference.
Bet of the Night: Kings to win over Ducks @+135
Stats So Far (8/12) 67%
That’s two losses in a row. If we’re going to take a positive out of this its that we know what we feel like when a bet isn’t right. Both the Habs bet from two nights ago and the one for the Sens last night didn’t feel quite right.
Tonight is different. The Kings are better on the road than at home where they just don’t score. Not recently at least. Tonight, we get back to winning ways and 70%.