Minnesota Wild vs. Anaheim Ducks Betting Preview 11/5/19

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A couple of clubs facing each other for the first time this year, the Minnesota Wild and the Anaheim Ducks clash at the Honda Center. Prime Ticket will showcase this Western Conference matchup, which gets underway at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 5.

Minnesota Wild vs. Anaheim Ducks Odds

Anaheim (-135) is currently the favorite over Minnesota (+115), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-125 under, +105 over).

The Ducks are 9-7 straight up (SU) and have earned moneyline bettors 1.7 units this year. That early-season winning percentage is a surprising improvement over the 35-47 record from the 2018-19 season campaign. Out of the team’s 16 regular season outings, nine of them have gone under the total, while seven have gone over and none have pushed. The team’s 6-2 SU at home this year.

Anaheim has converted on just 10.0 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s ranked 28th overall in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 15th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.7 percent of all penalties.

As a team, Anaheim has been penalized 4.3 times per game overall this season, and 3.4 per game over its last five home outings. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays for just 7.4 minutes per contest over its last five home games.

With a .926 save percentage and 30.2 saves per game, John Gibson (6-6) has been the principal option in goal for the Ducks this season. If they decide to rest him, however, head coach Dallas Eakins may go with Ryan Miller (3-2-2 record, .926 save percentage, 2.30 goals against average).

Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Getzlaf will each lead the charge for the Ducks. Silfverberg (12 points) has tallied seven goals and five assists and has recorded multiple points in three different games this year. Getzlaf has seven goals and four assists to his name and has notched at least one point in nine contests.

On the other side of the ice, Minnesota is 4-10 straight up (SU) and has lost 6.7 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Seven of its contests have gone over the total, while five have gone under the total and just two have pushed. As the road team so far, Minnesota is 1-8 SU.

Minnesota has converted on 19.1 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 12th overall and it’s successfully killed off 82.2 percent of all penalties.

Minnesota’s skaters have been whistled for penalties 3.8 times per game this season, a number that is fairly close to the 3.5 penalties per game given up last year. After serving an average of 8.0 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team has had to stave off opponent power plays for 7.8 minutes per outing this season.

Devan Dubnyk (3.68 goals against average and .883 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Minnesota. Dubnyk is averaging 24.2 saves per game and has two wins, seven losses, and one OT loss to his credit.

Eric Staal (four goals, six assists) and Brad Hunt (four goals, four assists) have been the top playmakers for Minnesota and will lead the offensive counter for the visiting Wild.

Minnesota Wild vs. Anaheim Ducks Betting Predictions

Pick: SU Winner – Ducks, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • For both of these teams, the over has hit in three of their past five outings.
  • Six of Anaheim’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals, and the club is 4-2 overall in those games.
  • Minnesota skaters created 19.5 hits per game last season, while the Ducks accounted for 23.2 hits per contest.