Vegas Golden Knights vs. Anaheim Ducks Free Preview

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In a game that features two squads currently on winning streaks, the Anaheim Ducks and the expansion Vegas Golden Knights clash at the Honda Center in a divisional tilt. The puck drops at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 27, and it will be showcased live on AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain.

Vegas Golden Knights at Anaheim Ducks Odds

Anaheim (-120) is currently favored over Vegas (+100), and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-130 to bet the under, +110 for the over).

Vegas is 23-11 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 16.1 units this season. Through 34 regular season matches, 21 of its games have gone over the total, while 11 have gone under and just two have pushed. As the road team in 2017-18, the Knights are 8-8 SU.

Vegas has converted on 20.5 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is ranked 21st out of 31 teams, and it’s successfully killed off 79.8 percent of its penalties.

Vegas, as a collective unit, has been penalized just 3.5 times per game overall during the 2017-18 season, 3.4 per game over its last five contests total, and 4.0 per game over its last five on the road. The teams been forced to kill penalties just 7.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Averaging 23.9 saves per game with a .872 save percentage, Maxime Lagace (7-7-1) has been the primary option in goal for Vegas this season. If Vegas chooses to rest him, however, head coach Gerard Gallant might roll with Malcolm Subban (9-2 record, .922 save percentage, 2.30 goals against average).

The visiting Golden Knights have relied heavily on Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson this season. Marchessault (32 points) is up to 12 goals and 20 assists, and has recorded two or more points in 10 different games. Karlsson has 16 goals and 12 assists to his name (and has logged at least one point in 19 games).

Anaheim is 16-21 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.6 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 37 regular season outings, 23 of its games have gone under the total, while 13 have gone over and just one has pushed. This year, the teams 8-10 SU at home.

Anaheim has converted on 17.6 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 eighth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.6 percent of all penalties.

Anaheim skaters have been penalized 4.6 times per game in total this season, and 3.0 per game over their last ten games. The team has had to defend opponent power plays just 6.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

John Gibson (30.9 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for Anaheim. Gibson has 11 wins, 17 losses, and five OT losses to his name and has registered a pedestrian 2.77 goals against average and a .922 save percentage this season.

The Ducks will be led on offense by Rickard Rakell (10 goals, 14 assists).

Vegas Golden Knights at Anaheim Ducks Betting Predictions

Predictions: SU Winner – Golden Knights, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • Vegas is 2-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Anaheim is 2-4 in shootouts.
  • The under has hit in three of Anaheim’s last five games.
  • Over Vegas last ten games, four of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 3-1 in those games).
  • The Ducks this season have handed the eighth-most hits per game (23.4).