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Game 7 - Kings at Ducks
The Stanley Cup Playoffs continue Friday as Anaheim meets Los Angeles in a decisive Game 7 from the Honda Center.

Oddsmakers have installed the Ducks as minus-120 favorites (Bet $100 to win $83) for Game 7 while the Kings are listed as an even-money (Bet $100 to win $100) choice.

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The road team won the first four games in this best-of-seven series but the home team captured Game 5 and Game 6. Four of the six games in this series have been decided by one goal or less and

During the regular season, Anaheim won four of five against Los Angeles, including all three games played at the Honda Center.

In the playoffs, Anaheim has gone 4-2 at home while Los Angeles has produced a 4-3 road mark.

Most would believe playing at home in a Game 7 would be an advantage for Anaheim on Friday but it’s certainly not 100 percent.

There have been 151 Game 7’s in the NHL Playoffs and the home squad owns a 94-57 (62%) record.

In this year’s playoffs, there have been five Game 7’s and the road team has produced a 4-1 record.

2014
Montreal Canadiens 3 at Boston Bruins 1
New York Rangers 2 at Pittsburgh Penguins 1
Philadelphia Flyers 3 at New York Rangers 4
Minnesota Wild 5 at Colorado Avalanche 4
Los Angeles Kings 5 at San Jose Sharks 1

The ‘over’ has gone 3-2 in the five Game 7’s this postseason.

Los Angeles is 5-4 all-time in Game 7’s while Anaheim has gone 2-2.

Recent Game 7 History

The Kings defeated the Sharks in Game 7 of their first round series this year and also knocked off San Jose in last year’s playoffs.

Los Angeles

2014 – Los Angeles Kings 4 at San Jose Sharks 3
2013 – San Jose Sharks 1 at Los Angeles Kings 2

Anaheim hasn’t played in a Game 7 since the 2009 playoffs.

Anaheim

2009 – Anaheim Ducks 3 at Detroit Red Wings 4

NHL Game 7 Playoff History (2011-2013)

As mentioned above, road teams have won 80 percent (4-1) of the Game 7’s in this year’s NHL Playoffs and that shouldn’t be surprising. In the previous three playoff campaigns, the road team went 6-10.

2013
New York Rangers 5 at Washington Capitals 0
Toronto Maple Leafs 4 at Boston Bruins 5 (OT)
Detroit Red Wings 3 at Anaheim Ducks 2
Detroit Red Wings 1 at Chicago Blackhawks 2 (OT)
San Jose Sharks 1 at Los Angeles Kings 2

2012
Ottawa Senators 1 at New York Rangers 2
Washington Capitals 2 at Boston Bruins 1 (OT)
New Jersey Devils 3 at Florida Panthers 2 (2OT)
Washington Capitals 1 at New York Rangers 2

2011
Buffalo Sabres 2 at Philadelphia Flyers 5
Montreal Canadiens 3 Boston Bruins 4 (OT)
Tampa Bay Lightning 1 at Pittsburgh Penguins 0
Chicago Blackhawks 1 at Vancouver Canucks 2 (OT)
Detroit Red Wings 2 at San Jose Sharks 3
Tampa Bay Lightning 0 at Boston Bruins 1
Boston Bruins 4 at Vancouver Canucks 0

  
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