Anaheim Ducks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Matchup


Ryan Getzlaf, Rickard Rakell, and the Anaheim Ducks will face off against Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, and the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena in a cross-country matchup. The action will get started at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, December 17, and you can watch the game live on AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh.

Anaheim Ducks at Pittsburgh Penguins Odds

Anaheim (+150) is playing the role of underdog to Pittsburgh (-170), and the Over/Under (O/U) is placed at 6 goals (-115 for the over, -105 for the under).

Anaheim is 18-16 straight up (SU) and has earned 5.2 units for moneyline bettors this season. 20 of its outings have gone under the total, while 13 have gone over and just one has pushed. The Ducks are 8-7 SU as the road team in 2018-19.

Anaheim has converted on just 15.4 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the bottom-5 overall among NHL teams. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked 15th out of 31 teams, and the team’s successfully killed off 80.2 percent of its penalties..

With a .927 save percentage and 29.7 saves per game, John Gibson (15-13-4) has been the best option in goal for Anaheim this year. If head coach Randy Carlyle chooses to rest him, however, the team could turn to Ryan Miller (5-5-1 record, .922 save percentage, 2.71 goals against average).

Over on the other bench, Pittsburgh is 15-17 straight up (SU) and has lost 12.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 32 regular season matches, 15 of its games have gone over the total, while 13 have gone under and just four have pushed. This year, the team is 9-8 SU as the home team.

The Penguins have converted on 22.7 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked ninth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.8 percent of all opponent power plays.

Casey DeSmith has stopped 26.2 shots per game as the primary netminder in goal for the Penguins. DeSmith has 10 wins, 12 losses, and four overtime losses and has maintained a 2.46 goals against average and a .923 save percentage this season.

Anaheim Ducks at Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Predictions

Prediction: SU Winner \u2013 Penguins, O/U \u2013 Over

Betting Trends

  • The Ducks are 3-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Penguins are 1-2 in shootouts.
  • For both of these teams, the total has gone over in three of their past five matchups.
  • Anaheim has managed 24.6 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Pittsburgh has been attempting 31.2 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • The majority (66.7 percent) of Pittsburgh’s wins have come by two or more goals and the team’s 10-9 overall in such games. 5 of Anaheim’s 18 wins (27.8 percent) have been decided by two or more goals.
  • The Pens this season have recorded the second-most hits per game in the NHL (30.6), but the club has averaged 38.2 over their past five games as the home team.