Last Updated: 2017-12-06
Two teams that split their season series (one win apiece) a year ago, the Ottawa Senators and the Anaheim Ducks collide at the Honda Center for a cross-continent showdown. The opening face-off takes place at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 6, and you can witness the game live on Fox Sports West.
Ottawa Senators at Anaheim Ducks Odds
Anaheim is 11-17 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.0 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is a regression from the 46-36 record that the team managed during last year’s regular season campaign. Through 28 regular season matches, 16 of its games have gone under the total, while 10 have gone over and just one has pushed. This year, the team’s 6-9 SU at home.
The Ducks have converted on 18.8 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 10th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 82.1 percent of all penalties.
The Ducks, as a collective unit, have been penalized 5.1 times per game overall this season, and 4.0 per game over their last five contests at home. The team has had to defend opposition power plays for 9.2 minutes per game over their last five home outings.
Averaging 31.7 saves per game with a .921 save percentage, John Gibson (8-14-3) has been the best goalkeeper for Anaheim this year. Gibson did just play last night, however, so the team might opt to rest him and instead turn to Ryan Miller (2-5-5 record, .936 save percentage, 2.02 goals against average).
Corey Perry and Rickard Rakell will each lead the offensive attack for the Ducks. Perry (20 points) is up to six goals and 14 assists and has recorded multiple points seven times this year. Rakell has eight goals and 10 assists to his name and has recorded at least one point in 11 contests.
Over on the other bench, Ottawa is 9-16 straight up (SU) and has lost 10.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 25 regular season outings, 14 of its games have gone over the total, while 11 have gone under and none have pushed. As a road team so far, the Senators are 5-6 SU.
The Senators have converted on just 16.8 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 27th overall and it’s successfully killed off 76.7 percent of all penalties.
Ottawa’s players have been penalized only 3.6 times per game in total this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five on the road. The team has had to kill penalties just 6.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Craig Anderson (23.8 saves per game) has been the main choice in the net for Ottawa. Anderson owns an 8-12-3 record, and has registered a .895 save percentage and 3.06 goals against average this year.
Leading the offensive counter for the visiting Senators will be Mark Stone (14 goals, 11 assists) and Mike Hoffman (nine goals, 11 assists).
Ottawa Senators vs. Anaheim Ducks Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Ducks, O/U – Under
Four of Anaheim’s last ten games have gone to a shootout. The team is 1-3 in those games and 2-4 overall in shootouts this year.
The under has hit in three of Anaheim’s last five outings.
Anaheim has managed just 2.3 goals per game, while allowing 3.7, over its three-game losing streak.
Five of Ottawa’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 0-5 in those games.
This game features two of the more aggressive teams in the league. Ottawa skaters have dished out the 11th-most hits in the league (22.6 per game) and the Ducks have registered the fourth-most (24.5).