NHL betting goes outside with Kings vs Ducks

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor

The NHL goes outside with a game at Dodgers Stadium as two California teams legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. The Ducks and Kings clash.

The Anaheim Ducks are in a league of their own at the moment.

Since losing to the Los Angeles Kings in a shootout back on December 3, the Ducks have gone 19-2-0 in 21 games. With a season record of 37-9-5 overall, Anaheim still hasn't been defeated in regulation at home with a 20-0-2 record at the Honda Center.

Los Angeles will have two cracks at their Southern California rival this week, visiting the Ducks on Thursday in Anaheim and then meeting them at Dodger Stadium for an unconventional Winter Classic outdoor game on Saturday.

The Kings have held the upper hand in this NHL betting odds series in recent years with an 8-3 record in their last 11 games against the Ducks.

On Monday, the Detroit Red Wings host the St. Louis Blues. Detroit has struggled at home this season with a record of 7-10-7, or 7-17 SU on the NHL moneyline. Detroit is 6-3 SU in its last nine games against St. Louis, but the Blues have won each of the last two games between these two former division rivals. The Blues are a -140 favorite on the road over the Red Wings (+120).

The Pittsburgh Penguins are 20-3-0 at home this season and own the best record in the Eastern Conference at 34-12-2. They'll look to improve on their home record this week with home games on Monday against the Florida Panthers and Wednesday against the Montreal Canadiens.

Pittsburgh is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games against Florida and 6-2 SU in its last eight games against Montreal. The Penguins are a -250 favorite on Monday night as the Panthers would pay +210 on an upset.

Detroit faces another former division rival on Wednesday when it hosts the Chicago Blackhawks. This will be the first meeting between the two teams since Chicago overcame a 3-1 series deficit in the postseason last year to beat Detroit in seven games. The Blackhawks are 11-3 SU in their last 14 games against Detroit.

On Saturday, the Philadelphia Flyers host the Boston Bruins. Philadelphia has won two straight against Boston since going 1-10 over the previous 11 meetings in the series.

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