Madison Square Garden will be hosting an enticing matchup as the Anaheim Ducks square off against the New York Rangers. It’s the last time that the two clubs will meet in the regular season. Prime Ticket will showcase this East-West matchup, which gets underway at 0:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 22.
Anaheim Ducks vs. New York Rangers Odds
New York is 16-18 straight up (SU) and has earned 3.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is a welcomed improvement compared to what the team managed during the 2018-19 season (32-50). Through 34 regular season matches, 20 of the team’s games have gone under the total, while 14 have gone over and none have pushed. The team’s 8-10 SU at home this season.
The Rangers have converted on 19.3 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 23rd overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 77.4 percent of all penalties.
As a team, the Rangers have been penalized 4.5 times per game overall this season, and 3.2 per game over their last five matchups at home. The team’s had to stave off opposition power plays for just 8.0 minutes per game over their last five home outings.
Sporting a .912 save percentage and 31.1 saves per game, Henrik Lundqvist (7-12-3) has been the best goalkeeper for New York this year. If the Broadway Blueshirts, however, decide to give him a rest, New York could roll with Alexandar Georgiev (9-8-8 record, .915 save percentage, 2.93 goals against average).
The Broadway Blueshirts will continue looking for leadership from Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome. Panarin (44 points) has put up 20 goals and 24 assists and has recorded multiple points 14 times this year. Strome has seven goals and 22 assists to his credit and has recorded at least one point in 20 contests.
Over on the visiting bench, Anaheim is 15-21 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 36 regular season outings, 18 of its games have gone under the total, while 17 have gone over and none have pushed. The Ducks are 6-12 SU as an away team this season.
The Ducks have converted on just 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s ranked 29th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 27th overall and it’s successfully killed off 76.3 percent of all penalties.
Anaheim’s players have been whistled for penalties 4.4 times per game this season, and 3.8 per game over their last five outings. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays a whopping 15.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
John Gibson (2.88 goals against average and .907 save percentage) has been the main option in goal for Anaheim. Gibson is averaging 27.9 saves per game and has 11 wins, 16 losses, and two OT losses to his credit.
Leading the offensive attack for the visiting Ducks will be Jakob Silfverberg (13 goals, 12 assists) and Rickard Rakell (10 goals, 15 assists).
Anaheim Ducks at New York Rangers Betting Predictions
Prediction: SU Winner – Rangers, O/U – Over
Anaheim is 3-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while New York is 0-2 in shootouts.
For both of these teams, the over has hit in four of their last five outings.
New York has allowed 3.3 goals per game (overall) this season, but is allowing 5.0 goals per matchup on its three-game losing streak.
Four of Anaheim’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 1-3 in those games.
The Broadway Blueshirts this season have handed out the 12th-most hits per game in the NHL (21.5).