Two teams that each spend double-digit minutes per game in the penalty box, the Anaheim Ducks and the Vegas Golden Knights collide at T-Mobile Arena. The puck drops at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 27, and you’ll be able to catch this divisional matchup live on AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain.
Anaheim Ducks vs. Vegas Golden Knights Odds
The Golden Knights are 7-5 straight-up (SU) and have netted 0.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage hasn’t moved much from the 43-39 record the team posted during the 2018-19 season campaign. Of its 12 games this season, six have gone over the total, while an additional six have gone under and none have pushed. The team’s 3-3 SU at home so far this year.
Vegas has converted on 22.7 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked third overall, and it’s successfully killed off 89.4 percent of all penalties.
Vegas, as a collective unit, has been called for penalties 4.5 times per game this season, a number that’s regressed some from the 3.4 penalties per game given up last year. After serving an average of 7.8 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays for a whopping 11.8 minutes per matchup this season.
Averaging 29.2 saves per game with a .930 save percentage, Marc-Andre Fleury (7-4) has been the top goalkeeper for the Golden Knights this season. If they choose to give him a rest, however, head coach Gerard Gallant might turn to Garret Sparks (0-1-1 record, .857 save percentage, 4.38 goals against average).
The Knights will continue looking for offensive production from Mark Stone and William Karlsson. Stone (14 points) has tallied six goals and eight assists and has recorded two or more points four times this year. Karlsson has two goals and eight assists to his credit and has recorded at least one point in eight contests.
Anaheim has earned moneyline bettors 0.8 units this year and is currently 7-5 straight up (SU). A total of seven of its contests have gone under the total, while four have gone over and none have pushed. Anaheim’s 3-4 SU as the visiting team this season.
Anaheim has converted on just 10.0 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s ranked 28th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 13th overall and it’s successfully killed off 81.8 percent of all penalties.
Anaheim’s skaters have been penalized 4.3 times per game this season. Last season, that number was at 3.9, which was the fourth-highest mark in the league. After serving an average of 9.0 penalty minutes per game a year ago (10th-most in the league), the team’s had to stave off opponent power plays for 10.3 minutes per matchup this season.
John Gibson (2.22 goals against average and .927 save percentage) has been the main option in goal for Anaheim. Gibson is averaging 27.0 saves per game and owns a 4-5 record.
Jakob Silfverberg (six goals, three assists) and Hampus Lindholm (zero goals, nine assists) have been the top playmakers for Anaheim and will pace the attack for the visiting Ducks.
Anaheim Ducks vs. Vegas Golden Knights Betting Predictions
Pick: SU Winner – Golden Knights, O/U – Over
- After going 3-2 in games decided by a shootout last year, Vegas is off to a 2-0 start in shootouts this season. Anaheim went 3-3 in shootouts last year and has yet to participate in one this time around.
- The total has gone under in three of Vegas’ last five games.
- Anaheim has managed 27.8 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Vegas is averaging 35.8 shots per game over its last five at home.
- Anaheim skaters registered 23.2 hits per game last season, while the Knights accounted for 29.1 hits per matchup.