The Freeway Faceoff series, as it’s been called, has fully delivered in every way and if you’re going to bet the Kings vs Ducks Game 7, you’ll need a completely iron stomach. In the NHL Playoffs, there’s bee no such thing as a “bad bet” in the second round. Underdogs have also completely ruled the day when series go the distance.
Montreal and New York both came through as road dogs in Game 7’s this week. Will Los Angels join them?
— LA Kings (@LAKings) May 15, 2014
There’s an inherent problem with viewing the Freeway Faceoff series that way. Los Angeles, for all intents and purposes, is actually the better team. They’re much deeper, have a known commodity in Jonathan Quick between the pipes and boast plenty of Stanley Cup playoff experience. They’re also clearly one of the best teams remaining in the playoffs.
“We’re in the playoffs,” said Kings head coach Darryl Sutter. “There is a lot of intensity, there’s a lot of structure.”
— Kings Vision (@KingsVision) May 15, 2014
Freeway Faceoff Series Game 7 Moneyline: LA +100 / ANA -115
Don’t tell that to Anaheim and most of the betting public. Action has streamed in heavily on the side of the Ducks in Game 7 of the Freeway Faceoff series with close to 70% of the public preferring the home team. There’s a good reason there too; the Ducks only lost 9 games in regulation when playing at the Honda Center this season.
That might be slightly offset by the fact that the Kings are 4-1 SU in their last 5 road games. Hockey betting can leave you scrambling for all the little details but for me this series will be decided in goal. I simply trust Jonathan Quick more than I believe in John Gibson. The former has a world of potential, and has been brought up through Team USA’ junior program, but Quick is a champion and a professional at the highest level.
“We’re a good team,” Quick said. “Any team that’s still playing this team of year has got a good team and knows how to win. We’ve got to rest and be ready (for Game 7).”
Handicappers and gamblers don’t bet on hockey using numbers because nothing ever really makes sense. Trends and metrics often don’t offer up any truths or hard lines that we can anchor or money against. The only thing I know for sure as I bet the Kings vs. Ducks in Game 7 is that Quick has seen this kind of pressure before. I don’t know if Gibson can handle it.