Arizona Coyotes at Anaheim Ducks Free Preview 12/29/18

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Clayton Keller, Nick Schmaltz, and the Arizona Coyotes will do battle against Ryan Getzlaf, Adam Henrique, and the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center in a Pacific Division tilt. The opening face-off takes place at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 29, and it will air live on Fox Sports Arizona.

Arizona Coyotes at Anaheim Ducks Odds

Anaheim is 19-20 straight-up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 2.7 units this season. That early-season winning percentage is a slide from what the team recorded during the 2017-18 season (44-38). Out of its 39 regular season outings, 23 of them have gone under the total, while 13 have gone over and just three have pushed. The team’s 10-9 SU at home this season.

The Ducks have converted on just 14.7 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that puts them in the bottom-5 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 16th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 79.9 percent of all penalties.

Boasting a .927 save percentage and 29.2 saves per game, John Gibson (16 wins, 16 losses, and four OT losses) has been the top option in goal for Anaheim this season. If the Ducks, however, decide to give him the night off, head coach Randy Carlyle may turn to Ryan Miller (5-5-5 record, .922 save percentage, 2.71 goals against average).

Arizona has lost 1.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year and is currently 16-21 straight up (SU). A total of 19 of its contests have gone under the total, while 17 have gone over and just one has pushed. As a road team , the Coyotes are 9-10 SU.

The Coyotes have converted on 16.8 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked first overall and it’s successfully killed off 87.7 percent of all opponent power plays.

Darcy Kuemper (.912 save percentage and 2.77 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Arizona. Kuemper is averaging 27.9 saves per game and owns a 5-12-2 record.

Arizona Coyotes at Anaheim Ducks Betting Predictions

Prediction: SU Winner – Ducks, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • 31.6 percent of Anaheim’s wins have come by two or more goals (the team is 6-14 overall in such games) while 56.3 percent of Arizona’s wins have come by two goals or more (9-13 overall in games decided by at least two goals).
  • The Coyotes are 4-12 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 5-16 when they serve fewer than 10 penalty minutes, in total.
  • Anaheim (3-2 in shootouts) has more experience this season in games decided by shootout. Arizonaemerged victorious in both of its shootouts this year.
  • The total has gone under in three of Anaheim’s last five outings.
  • Arizona has averaged 7.0 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 7.9 giveaways per game (ranked sixth in the league).
  • Anaheim is ranked 23rd this season with 11.3 giveaways per game. That figure has regressed, as the team’s averaged 13.9 giveaways over its last 10 games and 13.2 giveaways over its last five.