This divisional rivalry game will conclude a four-game slate in the NHL on Sunday, February 12, so make sure you don’t miss out on the best Ducks vs. Golden Knights betting pick and odds.
Vegas is looking for the third win in a row when they host Anaheim at T-Mobile Arena. The Golden Knights are -338 moneyline favorites on BetDSI Sportsbook, while the total is set at 6.5 goals. These Pacific Division rivals will meet for the third time this season; the series is tied at 1-1.
Ducks conceded six in a loss to the Penguins
The Anaheim Ducks (17-30-3-3, 24-29 ATS) went through a fine form of four wins in five games but they couldn’t stop the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 6-3 defeat at home. Despite the improvement in form lately, the Ducks are still close to the very bottom of the Western Conference as they have just three points more than the Chicago Blackhawks, who have three games in hand. Anaheim remains the team with the fewest wins in regulation this season (7).
The Penguins dominated the Ducks in a 6-3 victory and even had a 6-1 lead at one moment, but the hosts softened a defeat through Mason McTavish and John Klingberg. Pittsburgh attempted even 59 shots at Anaheim’s goal and deserved to get this win. This year, Trevor Zegras leads the Ducks in points with 44 (G 19, A 25), followed by Troy Terry with 42 (G 13, A 29).
John Gibson (10-21-5) will probably start at the goal against Vegas on Sunday. The 29-year-old is allowing 3.96 goals per game this season with a .900 SV% and one shutout.
LW Justin Kirkland (undisclosed), RW Troy Terry (upper body), D Urho Vaakanainen (lower body), C Isac Lundestrom (finger), and D Jamie Drysdale (shoulder) are out indefinitely. G Anthony Stolarz (lower body) is questionable to face Vegas on Sunday.
Golden Knights are back home from a road trip
The Vegas Golden Knights (31-18-3-1, 25-28 ATS) returned home from a six-game road trip on which they recorded a pair of wins. The Golden Knights opened that road trip with four defeats but bounced back with a couple of wins against the Nashville Predators and Minnesota Wild. Both victories came by an identical 5-1 result and now Vegas climbed up to the 2nd place in the Western Conference with four points behind the leaders Dallas Stars. The Knights will play eight of the next ten games at home and will open a three-game homestay with the game against Anaheim.
Vegas scored three goals in the space of two and a half minutes in the second period to seal the deal against Minnesota. Jack Eichel and Jonathan Marchessault led the team with a pair of points apiece, while five different players scored for the Golden Knights. So far in the campaign, Chandler Stephenson is Vegas’ most productive player on offense with 46 points (G 12, A 34) and Mark Stone has 38 (G 17, A 21).
Adin Hill (11-5-1) will likely take his place between the sticks on Monday against Anaheim. The 26-year-old is conceding 2.58 goals per contest this year along with a .911 SV% and no shutouts.
G Robin Lehner (hip), RW Mark Stone (back), C Nolan Patrick (upper body), and D Daniil Miromanov (lower body) are out indefinitely. G Logan Thompson was forced from the previous game with a leg injury, and it has yet to be established if he will be active against the Ducks on Sunday.
- 6-20 in the last 26 games following a home loss of three or more goals
- 0-4 in the last four Sunday games
- 5-2 in the last seven home games following a road trip of seven or more days
- 35-17 in the last 52 when their opponent allows five goals or more in their previous game
Anaheim Ducks vs. Vegas Golden Knights Pick
Anaheim has the second-worst offense in the NHL that scores 2.45 goals per game, and given the visitors will be playing without one of their best players – Troy Terry, I doubt they can avoid a loss here. Vegas is not a high-scoring team, but they are averaging 3.15 goals per contest, which is still somewhat better than the Ducks. The biggest difference comes on defense; while the Golden Knights have a top 10 D that allows 2.81 goals per game, the Ducks have the weakest defense in the league that surrenders 4.02 gpg. Expect an easy victory for the hosts.
Pick: Take the Golden Knights at -1.5 Puck Line (-140)
Adin Hill managed to limit the opposing skaters to three or fewer goals in each of his last nine games and considering Anaheim’s poor offense, I am backing Vegas’ goalie to keep the visitors to one or two goals. John Gibson, on the other hand, hasn’t been in a good form recently, so the hosts will have an opportunity to continue with fine offensive displays after scoring ten goals in the previous two games. Still, due to ineffective Anaheim’s offense, I am going against a high-scoring affair. Under is 4-1-1 in the Golden Knights’ last six overall, while Under is 4-1-1 in Vegas’ previous six vs. Pacific Division rivals.
Pick: Go Under 6.5 goals (-110)