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The Honda Center plays host to an East-West clash as the Boston Bruins come into town to face the Anaheim Ducks. This one gets started at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 15 and it’ll be shown live on Sportsnet 360.

Boston Bruins at Anaheim Ducks Odds

Anaheim comes into the contest as the favorite with a moneyline of -125. The line for Boston sits at +105, and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -125 under, +105 over. Anaheim is 7-10 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is a big slide from what the team managed during the 2016-17 season (46-36). Through 17 regular season outings, 10 of the team’s games have gone under the total, while seven have gone over and none have pushed. So far this year, the team’s 4-7 SU at home. The Ducks have converted on just 14.8 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked sixth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 85.1 percent of all penalties. The Ducks, as a collective unit, have been penalized 5.1 times per game overall this season, 4.8 per game over their last five outings total, and 4.6 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s had to defend opposition power plays for 10.4 minutes per game over their last five home outings. Sporting a .917 save percentage and 29.2 saves per game, John Gibson (5-9-2) has been the primary goalkeeper for Anaheim this season. If the Ducks, however, choose to rest him, Anaheim could go with Ryan Miller (2-2-2 record, .943 save percentage, 1.87 goals against average). Rickard Rakell and Andrew Cogliano will both be offensive focal points for the Ducks. Rakell (14 points) has tallied six goals and eight assists and has recorded multiple points four times this year. Cogliano has three goals and eight assists to his credit and has recorded a point in six contests. Boston is 6-10 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. Through 16 regular season matches, eight of its games have gone over the total, while an additional eight have gone under and none have pushed. The Bruins are 1-5 SU as the road team this season. The Bruins have scored on 22.0 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked sixth overall and it’s successfully killed off 86.0 percent of all opponent power plays. Boston’s players have been penalized 4.5 times per game this season, and 3.2 per game over their past five outings. The team’s been forced to kill penalties just 7.6 minutes per game over their last five outings. Tuukka Rask (.901 save percentage and 2.79 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Boston. Rask is averaging 24.8 saves per game and has three wins, eight losses, and two OT losses to his credit. David Pastrnak (10 goals, seven assists) and Brad Marchand (eight goals, seven assists) have been standout playmakers for Boston and will lead the attack for the visiting Bruins.

Boston Bruins at Anaheim Ducks Betting Predictions

Predictions: SU Winner – Bruins, O/U – Over

Betting Trends:

  • The total has gone under in three of Anaheim’s last five games.
  • This game features two of the more aggressive defenses in the league. Boston skaters have accounted for the fourth-most hits in the league (25.1 per game) while the Ducks have tallied the fifth-most (24.0).