New York Rangers vs. Anaheim Ducks Free Pick 12/14/19

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The Honda Center plays host to an intriguing showdown as the Anaheim Ducks square off against the visiting New York Rangers. Prime Ticket will showcase this East-West matchup, and the puck drops at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 14.

New York Rangers at Anaheim Ducks Odds

New York is 16-15 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 5.0 units this year. 20 of its matches have gone under the total, while 10 have gone over and none have pushed. This 2019-20 Rangers team is 8-7 SU on the road.

New York has converted on 20.9 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is ranked 21st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.3 percent of its penalties.

For the team as a whole, the Broadway Blueshirts have been penalized 4.5 times per game this season, and 3.2 per game over its past five match ups. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 8.2 minutes per game over their last five outings.

Averaging 30.6 saves per game with a .911 save percentage, Henrik Lundqvist (7-11-2) has been the top option in goal for New York this year. If it chooses to give him a rest, however, head coach David Quinn could turn to Alexandar Georgiev (9-6-1), who has a .923 save percentage and 2.69 goals against average this year.

The visiting Rangers have relied on Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome this year. Panarin (41 points) has tallied 18 goals and 23 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 13 different games. Strome has six goals and 21 assists to his credit, and has registered a point in 18 games.

Over on the other bench, Anaheim is 13-19 straight up (SU) and has lost 6.2 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 32 regular season contests, 16 of its games have gone over the total, while 15 have gone under and none have pushed. It’s 8-9 SU as the home team this season.

The Ducks have converted on just 12.0 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s ranked 30th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 24th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 77.6 percent of all penalties.

The Ducks have been penalized 4.5 times per game this season, 5.0 per game over their past five match ups total, and 5.0 per game over their last five at home. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays a whopping 15.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

John Gibson has stopped 27.9 shots per game as the primary netminder in goal for the Ducks. Gibson has nine wins, 15 losses, and two OT losses to his credit and has registered a mediocre 2.79 goals against average and a .910 save percentage this season.

The home team offense will be led by Ryan Getzlaf (10 goals, 15 assists).

New York Rangers vs. Anaheim Ducks Betting Predictions

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

Notes

Betting Trends

The Ducks are 1-6 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 6-8 when they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 minutes, total.

New York is ranked 29th this season with 12.9 giveaways per game. That figure’s trended down recently, however, as the team’s averaged 11.1 giveaways over its last 10 games and 8.8 giveaways over its last five.

Anaheim is ranked 20th this season with 10.8 giveaways per game. That figure has trended lower lately, however, as it’s averaged 9.9 giveaways over its last 10 games and 8.8 giveaways over its last five.

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