Ottawa Senators vs. Anaheim Ducks Betting Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

Two clubs that split their head-to-head series one win each last year, the Ottawa Senators and the Anaheim Ducks face off at the Honda Center for a cross-continent matchup. The first puck will drop at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 6, and you’ll be able to see the game live on Fox Sports West.

Ottawa Senators vs. Anaheim Ducks Odds

Anaheim is 11-17 straight up (SU) and has recorded -4.0 units for moneyline bettors thus far. That early-season winning percentage is a noticeable slide from what the team managed during the 2016-17 season (46-36). Out of its 28 regular season outings, 16 of them have gone under the total, while 10 have gone over and just one has pushed. This season, the teams 6-9 SU at home. The Ducks have converted on 18.8 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 10th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 82.1 percent of all penalties. As a team, the Ducks have been penalized 5.1 times per game overall this season, and 4.0 per game over their last five contests home outings. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays for 9.2 minutes per contest over their last five home games. Averaging 31.7 saves per game with a .921 save percentage, John Gibson (8-14-3) has been the best option in goal for Anaheim this season. Gibson did just play last night, however, so head coach Randy Carlyle might opt to give him the night off and instead turn to Ryan Miller (2-5-5 record, .936 save percentage, 2.02 goals against average). The Ducks will continue to lean on the leadership out of Corey Perry and Rickard Rakell. Perry (20 points) has tallied six goals and 14 assists and has recorded two or more points in seven different games this year. Rakell has eight goals and 10 assists to his credit and has recorded a point in 11 contests. On the other side of the ice, Ottawa is 9-16 straight up (SU) and has lost 10.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of 14 of its outings have gone over the total, while 11 have gone under and none have pushed. The Senators are 5-6 SU as the visiting team this season. The Senators have converted on just 16.8 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, its penalty kill unit is ranked 27th overall and it’s successfully killed off 76.7 percent of all opponent power plays. Ottawa’s skaters have been penalized only 3.6 times per game in total this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five road outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 6.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings. Craig Anderson (23.8 saves per game) has been the main option in the net for Ottawa. Anderson owns an 8-12-3 record, while registering a .895 save percentage and 3.06 goals against average this year. Leading the offensive attack for the visiting Senators will be Mark Stone (14 goals, 11 assists) and Mike Hoffman (nine goals, 11 assists).

Ottawa Senators vs. Anaheim Ducks Betting Predictions

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

Betting Notes

  • Four of Anaheim’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 1-3 in those games and 2-4 overall in shootouts this year.
  • The under has hit in three of Anaheim’s last five games.
  • Anaheim has put up just 2.3 goals per game (while allowing 3.7) over its three-game losing skid.
  • Over Ottawa’s last ten games, five of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 0-5 in those games).
  • This game features two of the more aggressive defenses in the league. Ottawa skaters have dished out the 11th-most hits in the league (22.6 per game) while the Ducks have recorded the fourth-most (24.5).