Looking to win big? The Coyotes and Ducks face off at 10:00 ET on ESPN+. The Ducks are hosting the game at Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. In this Western matchup, the Coyotes are the betting favorite against Ducks. The over/under for the game is 6.5 goals.
ARIZONA COYOTES VS ANAHEIM DUCKS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Anaheim Ducks +1.5
This game will be played at Honda Center at 10:00 ET on Friday, December 29th.
WHY BET THE ANAHEIM DUCKS:
- Even though they are considered 1.5-goal underdogs, our projection points to a 4-3 win for the Ducks.
- We like the Ducks on the moneyline (+112)
- The Ducks are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
Can the Coyotes Deliver Being Favored on the Road?
Currently, the Coyotes hold an overall record of 18-14-2 for the season. On the road, Arizona has a 6-9-2 record, while they are 12-5-0 at their home venue. At the moment, they hold the 4th spot in the Western Central division and are ranked 7th in the Western conference.
When it came to the puck line, Arizona have posted a 18-16 record. Their road performance against the puck line stands at 9-8, while they are 9-8 at home. The average goal total for Arizona’s games is sitting at 6.1. The average over/under line for the season is 6.3. The Coyotes come in with an over/under record of 19-14-1.
When looking at their past three road matchups, Arizona has an puck line record of 1-2 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.
In terms of their offensive performance, the Coyotes are averaging 3.1 goals per game this season, putting them in the 17th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 30th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Coyotes offense is 12th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 29th in the NHL.
Arizona’s leading goal scorer is Lawson Crouse. So far this season, he has 15 goals, placing him 32nd in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 7 assists so far.
Coming into the game, the Ducks’ defense is 24th in takeaways at 5.9 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.1 goals per game which is 13th in the NHL.
Entering the game, goalie Connor Ingram has started 20 games this season. His current record stands at 12-7, and his save percentage is 0.8282828282828283%.
Does Anaheim Stand a Chance at Home?
Facing the Coyotes, the Ducks have a record of 13-21-0 so far. At home, their record is 6-12-0 and 7-9-0 on the road. This record has them sitting 7th in the Western Pacific division and 14th in the Western conference.
Analyzing their performance against the puck line, Anaheim has a 20-14 record. On the road they are 10-6 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is10-8. This season, Anaheim’s games have an average of 6 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.4. The Ducks come in with an over/under performance of 15-17-2.
Anaheim has played well in their previous three home games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.
On the offensive side, the Ducks are scoring an 2.6 goals per game this season, ranking 29th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 26th in the league. Looking at how the Ducks’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 15th in power play goals and 15th in shorthanded goals.
Anaheim’s current leading scorer is Frank Vatrano. This season, he has 16 goals, which puts him 25th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 9 assists so far.
The Ducks’ defense comes into the game with a ranking of 24th in takeaways and an average of 5.9 takeaways per contest. They hold 13th place in the NHL for goals allowed, with an average of 3.1 goals given up per game.
Heading into this matchup vs. Arizona, goalie John Gibson has started 21 games in this season. His current record is 7-13, and his save percentage stands at 0.8686868686868687%.