Anaheim Ducks at Arizona Coyotes 12/27/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 12/26/2014
Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 8:00 PM ET
Gila River Arena in Glendale
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The Anaheim Ducks will be going on the road on Saturday night to take on the Arizona Coyotes in a game that will feature two of the worst penalty kills in the league. The Ducks defeated the Coyotes 2-1 at home in their first meeting this season.
The Ducks struck late in the third period of their game against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night, then went on to win 3-2 in overtime. They were 0-for-3 on the power play in that game, but they were able to put 32 of their shots on goal.
The Ducks have been able to score 2.8 goals per game this year, but they have also given up 2.6 goals per game. Center Ryan Getzlaf has been their main offensive threat this season by scoring 12 goals and providing a team-high 27 assists to his teammates. Netminder Frederik Andersen is now 19-5-4 with one shutout a .914 save percentage.
On Tuesday night, the Coyotes snapped their two-game losing skid by blowing out the Edmonton Oilers 5-1 on the road. Their penalty kill was solid in that win, holding the Oilers scoreless on their six opportunities with the extra man.
The Coyotes currently have one of the worst defenses in the NHL by giving up 3.2 goals per game to opposing offenses. Goalie Mike Smith has struggled this season, going 5-15-2 with a poor 3.48 GAA.
Anaheim Ducks Betting Trends
Anaheim Ducks are 23-13-0 Against the Spread
Anaheim Ducks are 14-20-0 against the Over/Under
Arizona Coyotes Betting Trends
Arizona Coyotes are 12-22-0 Against the Spread
Arizona Coyotes are 18-14-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
12/22/14 RW Tim Jackman Jaw "?" Saturday vs. Arizona
12/17/14 RW Kyle Palmieri Shoulder out indefinitely
12/09/14 RW Corey Perry Knee out 3-4 weeks
12/03/14 D Eric Brewer Foot expected to miss 4-6 weeks
11/28/14 D Francois Beauchemin Finger out 4-6 weeks
11/04/14 GO John Gibson Groin expected to miss 6 weeks
10/04/14 D Sheldon Souray Wrist out indefinitely
12/24/14 D Chris Summers Upper Body "?" Saturday vs. Anaheim
12/23/14 LW Lauri Korpikoski Lower Body "?" Saturday vs Anaheim
Josh's Pick: Take Anaheim
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