Carolina Hurricanes vs. Anaheim Ducks Free Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

In their last head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Carolina Hurricanes and the Anaheim Ducks clash at the Honda Center in an East-West tilt. Fox Sports Carolina will broadcast the action, which gets underway at 10 p.m. ET on Monday, December 11.

Carolina Hurricanes at Anaheim Ducks Odds

Anaheim (-105) is entering this one as the underdog to Carolina (-115), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The odds for betting that total sit at -120 for the under and +100 for the over. Anaheim is 12-18 straight up (SU) and has lost 5.0 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is a noticeable slide from what the team managed during last years regular season (46-36). Of the teams 30 regular season outings, 18 have gone under the total, while 11 have gone over and just one has pushed. The team is 7-10 SU at home this season. The Ducks have converted on just 17.8 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure 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 82.8 percent of all penalties. The Ducks, as a collective unit, have been penalized 5.0 times per game overall this season, 5.4 per game over their past five games total, and 4.6 per game over their last five home outings. The team has had to defend opposition power plays for 11.0 minutes per contest over their last five home games. Boasting a .920 save percentage and 31.6 saves per game, John Gibson (8-15-4) has been the best option in goal for the Ducks this season. If head coach Randy Carlyle decides to give him a rest, however, the team might turn to Ryan Miller (3-5-5 record, .945 save percentage, 1.73 goals against average). Corey Perry and Adam Henrique will both lead the offensive attack for the Ducks. Perry (22 points) has tallied six goals and 16 assists and has recorded two or more points seven times this year. Henrique has seven goals and 13 assists to his credit and has recorded a point in 15 games. Carolina is 11-17 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.3 units for moneyline bettors thus far. A total of 14 of its games have gone over the total, while 12 have gone under and just two have pushed. As the visiting team, the Hurricanes are 5-10 SU so far. The Hurricanes have converted on just 16.3 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s ranked 27th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 29th overall and it’s successfully killed off 75.4 percent of all opponent power plays. Carolina’s players have been penalized only 2.8 times per game this season, and 4.0 per game over their past five outings. The teams been forced to kill penalties just 8.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings. Scott Darling (24.0 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Carolina. Darling owns a 7-14-6 record, while registering a .900 save percentage and 2.70 goals against average this year. For the visiting Hurricanes, the offense will be facilitated through Teuvo Teravainen (eight goals, 16 assists) and Sebastian Aho (seven goals, 14 assists).

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Anaheim Ducks Betting Picks

Predictions: SU Winner – Ducks, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • Five of Anaheim’s last ten outings have been decided by two or more goals, and the team is 1-4 overall in those games.
  • Carolina has managed just 2.0 goals per game, while allowing 3.7, over its three-game losing skid.
  • The Ducks are 2-6 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 5-7 when they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
  • Three of Anaheim’s last ten games have ended in a shootout. The team is 0-3 in those games and 2-4 overall in shootouts this season.
  • The under has hit in three of Anaheim’s last five games.
  • Anaheim is ranked 22nd this season with 10.7 giveaways per game. That figure has improved, however, as the teams averaged 8.6 giveaways over its last 10 games and 8.4 giveaways over its last five.
  • Carolina skaters have averaged 8.6 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 10.0 giveaways per game (ranked 18th in the NHL).
  • The Ducks this season have recorded the sixth-most hits in the league (24.0 per game).