Free NHL Bets and Picks: Los Angeles and Anaheim Meet in California Battle
Tuesday offers a nine-game mix of hockey games. The NHL is in full swing as teams begin to separate themselves from the rest. Here are my free NHL picks for November 7. Odds can be found at BetOnline.
Los Angeles Kings (-105) at Anaheim Ducks (-105)
The Kings and Ducks meet for the first time on Tuesday night. The Kings enter on top the Pacific Division with a 10-2-2 record. Anaheim has a 6-6-2 record, they are sixth in the Pacific Division. The Kings enter the game on after losing their last match at home against the Predators. Anaheim has lost three in a row coming into Tuesday’s game.
The Ducks have struggled to play consistently throughout the year. The Ducks have gone 3-4-1 at home on the season, including losing their last two at home. With the division-leading Kings coming to town, the Ducks will not be able to break that streak so easily.
The Ducks have struggled largely due to their injury issues. Anaheim has been without Ryan Kesler all season. On top of that the Ducks captain, Ryan Getzlaf, has only played in six games. Cam Fowler and Patrick Eaves are both out for an extended period of time, they have combined for a total of nine games played on the season.
The Kings come into this matchup after stumbling in their last couple of games. Los Angeles has gone two of their last three, one of them ending in overtime. The Kings have been excellent early in the year. The only missing piece on the Kings is Jeff Carter, who has only been able to play six games.
Jonathan Quick is on track for one of his best seasons of all time. Quick has posted an astounding .939 save percentage and a 1.99 GAA. If Quick can keep this up, the Kings will continue to be one of the hardest teams to play against. Quick is expected to go up against the Ducks starting goaltender, John Gibson. Gibson has posted a .915 save percentage and a GAA of 2.94.
The Kings have been led by team captain Anze Kopitar. Kopitar has seventeen points in fourteen games on the season. This is on pace to improve last season’s career low – not including the 2012-13 lockout season –, which saw Kopitar score only twelve goals and add forty assists.
Los Angeles Kings vs Anaheim Ducks Prediction
Anaheim has two players tied for first on the team in points. Andrew Cogliano and Rickard Rakell have each put up nine points. With players like Getzlaf and Kesler out, the Ducks offense has faltered at times during the season.
Putting each team at -105 makes it look like the teams are even. Between the health and goaltenders of the Kings, the Kings are the much more talented team in this matchup. The game will likely be close, as these two teams face each other often, but I believe the best bet in this matchup is the Los Angeles Kings.
St. Louis Blues (-129) at New Jersey Devils (+117)
St. Louis and New Jersey are near the top of the league. The Blues are second in the league with a 11-3-1 record, while the Devils have gone an impressive 9-3-1. Both teams meet in a battle for dominance in New Jersey on Tuesday night.
St. Louis has been led by top-line duo of Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko, who have twenty and sixteen points respectively. Alex Pietrangelo and Brayden Schenn each have fifteen points to follow closely behind Schwartz and Tarasenko. Fifteen other players have all tallied a point for the Blues as well.
New Jersey has been led by Taylor Hall, who has seventeen points. The Devils have been successful largely in part of their rookies. Jesper Bratt, Will Butcher and Nico Hischier all sit second, third and fourth on the team in points. Younger players like Pavel Zacha and Damon Severson have also been able to produce.
Jake Allen and Cory Schneider are expected to start tomorrow night. Both goaltenders have posted near identical numbers on the year. Allen has posted a .919 save percentage and a GAA of 2.48. Schneider has done a little worse with a .916 save percentage and a 3.09 GAA. Each goalie is capable of posting solid numbers on a nightly basis.
St. Louis Blues vs New Jersey Devils Prediction
While both teams are close, one edge the Devils will have is on their power play. The Devils have posted a 25.58 power play percentage, while the Blues have posted a less impressive 78.43 percent on the penalty kill. If the Devils can capitalize on this advantage, it could give them the edge they need to win a tight matchup.
Both teams are closely contested in their stats, so as a home underdog, New Jersey is the better pick. Both teams sit near the top of the standings early in the season, and neither team has looked like they are slowing down so expect a good hockey game.