Anaheim Ducks vs. Boston Bruins Matchup Preview

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In a game that features two squads riding winning streaks, the Anaheim Ducks and the Boston Bruins meet at TD Garden in a cross-country tilt. Sportsnet ONE will air the game, which gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 30.

Anaheim Ducks at Boston Bruins Odds

The Bruins are 29-18 straight up (SU) and have earned moneyline bettors 6.3 units this season. That winning percentage, ranked third in the league so far this season, is an improvement compared to how the team performed during the 2016-17 season (44-38). Of its 47 regular season matches, 25 have gone under the total, while 21 have gone over and just one has pushed. The teams 16-9 SU at home this year.

Boston has connected on 21.8 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked fifth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 83.8 percent of all penalties.

As a collective unit, Boston has been penalized 3.9 times per game overall this season, and 2.6 per game over its last five contests. The teams had to kill penalties for just 6.2 minutes per game over its last 10 matchups, overall.

Averaging 25.3 saves per game with a .922 save percentage, Tuukka Rask (19 wins, 13 losses, and four OT losses) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Bruins this season. If they, however, decide to give him a breather, Boston may go with Anton Khudobin (10-7-7 record, .924 save percentage, 2.38 goals against average).

Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak will each lead the way for the Bruins. Marchand (50 points) has tallied 21 goals and 29 assists and has recorded multiple points on 16 separate occasions this year. Pastrnak has 20 goals and 26 assists to his credit and has notched at least one point in 31 games.

Over on the other bench, Anaheim is 24-26 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. Through 50 regular season matches, 30 of its games have gone under the total, while 19 have gone over and just one has pushed. As the visiting team so far, Anaheim is 10-14 SU.

Anaheim has converted on just 17.3 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that places it in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 11th overall and it’s successfully defended 82.4 percent of all opponent power plays.

Anaheim’s skaters have been penalized 4.6 times per game in total this season, and 5.8 per game over their last five road outings. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 7.2 minutes per game over their last five outings.

John Gibson (29.5 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Anaheim. Gibson has 18 wins, 21 losses, and six overtime losses to his credit, and has registered a .920 save percentage and 2.70 goals against average this year.

Rickard Rakell (18 goals, 18 assists) will lead the offensive attack for the visiting Ducks.

Anaheim Ducks vs. Boston Bruins Betting Predictions

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

Betting Trends

  • The total has gone under in four of Boston’s last five games.
  • The Bruins are 13-5 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Ducks are 16-13 SU when they spend more time in the box than their opponent.
  • Two of Anaheims last ten games have ended in a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 3-5 overall in shootouts this season.
  • Boston is ranked 6th in the NHL with 9.1 takeaways per game. That figure has trended lower, however, as the team has averaged 6.6 takeaways over its last 10 games and 6.8 takeaways over its last five.
  • Anaheim has averaged 4.6 takeaways per game over its last five road games, a drop-off from its season average of 6.3 takeaways per game (ranked 23rd in the league).