Anaheim Ducks vs. Arizona Coyotes Game Preview

Facing each other for the fourth and final time this season, the Anaheim Ducks and the Arizona Coyotes face off at Gila River Arena for a Pacific Division tilt. Fox Arizona Plus will broadcast the game, and the opening face-off is at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 7.

Anaheim Ducks at Arizona Coyotes Odds

Anaheim is 43-38 straight up (SU) and has earned 0.2 units for moneyline bettors this season. 48 of its matches have gone under the total, while 31 have gone over and just one has pushed. As a road team this season, the Ducks are 17-23 SU.

Anaheim has converted on just 17.0 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 24th in the NHL. Its penalty kill is ranked fifth overall, and it has successfully killed off 82.9 percent of all penalties.

For the team as a whole, Anaheim has been sent to the penalty box 4.2 times per game overall in the 2017-18 season, and 2.6 per game over its last five road outings. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 7.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

With a .926 save percentage and 28.9 saves per game, John Gibson (33-27-8) has been the best option in goal for Anaheim this year. If it chooses to rest him, however, the team might roll with Ryan Miller (13-14-6 record, .925 save percentage, 2.46 goals against average).

Rickard Rakell and Ryan Getzlaf will both spearhead the attack for the visiting Ducks. Rakell (67 points) has tallied 33 goals and 34 assists, and has recorded two or more points in 20 different games. Getzlaf has 11 goals and 49 assists to his credit, and has registered a point in 33 games.

On the other side of the ice, Arizona is 29-52 straight up (SU) and has lost 14.7 units for moneyline bettors this year. 42 of its matches have gone under the total, while 38 have gone over and just one has pushed. This year, the teams 16-24 SU as the home team.

Arizona has converted on just 16.6 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that places it in the bottom 5 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 20th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 79.6 percent of all penalties.

Arizona players have been penalized only 3.3 times per game in total this season, and 4.2 per game over their last five at home. The teams been forced to kill penalties just 7.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Antti Raanta (27.5 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for Arizona. Raanta has 22 wins, 24 losses, and six OT losses and has recorded a 2.24 goals against average and a .930 save percentage this season.

Clayton Keller (23 goals, 42 assists) will pace the offensive attack for the Coyotes.

Anaheim Ducks vs. Arizona Coyotes Betting Predictions

NHL Pick: SU Winner – Coyotes, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Anaheim is 4-7 in games decided by a shootout this season while Arizona is 2-5 in shootouts.
  • The total has gone over in three of Arizona’s last five outings.
  • Anaheim has managed 24.6 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Arizona is averaging 31.4 shots per game over its last five home outings.
  • Over Anaheim’s last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-1 in those games).
  • This game features two of the more aggressive defenses in the league. Anaheim skaters have given out the seventh-most hits in the league (23.9 per game) and the Coyotes have handed the fifth-most (24.4).