New Jersey Devils vs. Anaheim Ducks Free Preview 3/1/20

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Two of the most-penalized teams in the NHL, the New Jersey Devils and the Anaheim Ducks meet at the Honda Center. The game gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 1, and you can view this East-West matchup live on Prime Ticket.

New Jersey Devils at Anaheim Ducks Odds

Anaheim (-155) is currently the favorite over New Jersey (+135), and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. If bettors want to wager on the game’s total, they’ll be looking at odds of -110 for the over and -110 on the under.

The Ducks are 26-38 straight up (SU) and have disappointed moneyline bettors to the tune of -10.3 units so far. That early-season winning percentage is right in line with the 35-47 record the team managed during last year’s regular season campaign. Through 64 regular season outings, 34 of the team’s games have gone over the total, while 29 have gone under and just one has pushed. The team’s 14-17 SU at home this season.

Anaheim has converted on just 14.8 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that places the team in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 24th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 77.6 percent of all penalties.

As a collective unit, Anaheim has been penalized 4.0 times per game overall this season, and 2.8 per game over its last five outings at home. The team has been forced to kill penalties for just 8.1 minutes per game over its last 10 outings, in total.

Averaging 27.6 saves per game with a .904 save percentage, John Gibson (19-29-5) has been the most dependable option in goal for the Ducks this year. If they decide to rest him, however, head coach Dallas Eakins could roll with Ryan Miller (7-11-11 record, .907 save percentage, 3.06 goals against average).

Ryan Getzlaf and Adam Henrique will each be offensive focal points for the Ducks. Getzlaf (40 points) has put up 13 goals and 27 assists and has recorded multiple points in eight different games this year. Henrique has 24 goals and 15 assists to his credit and has recorded a point in 26 games.

On the other side of the ice, New Jersey is 25-39 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of 32 of its games have gone over the total, while 30 have gone under the total and just one has pushed. New Jersey’s 13-19 SU as a road team this season.

New Jersey has converted on just 17.6 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that places it in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 11th overall and it’s successfully killed off 81.7 percent of all penalties.

New Jersey’s players have been penalized 4.0 times per game in total this season, and 3.2 per game over their last five road outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties 10.2 minutes per game over their last five road outings.

MacKenzie Blackwood (2.71 goals against average and .916 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for New Jersey. Blackwood is averaging 28.2 saves per game and owns a 21-23-8 record.

Kyle Palmieri (23 goals, 20 assists) and Nikita Gusev (12 goals, 29 assists) have been standout playmakers for New Jersey and will lead the offensive counter for the visiting Devils.

New Jersey Devils at Anaheim Ducks Betting Predictions

Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Devils, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • Anaheim is 5-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while New Jersey is 4-6 in shootouts.
  • The under has hit in each of New Jersey’s last five outings.
  • Over Anaheim’s last ten outings, four of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 1-3 in those games).
  • The Ducks this season have registered the 10th-most hits per game in the NHL (22.2), but that average has climbed to 27.4 over their past five home games.