Anaheim Ducks vs. New York Rangers - 12/22/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Anaheim Ducks vs New York Rangers
Date: Sunday, December 22, 2019
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Ducks (+122) Rangers (-135)
Madison Square Garden is the site where Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers (16-14-4, 6th in the Metropolitan Division) will take on the Anaheim Ducks (14-17-4, 8th in the Pacific Division) on Sunday. The Ducks open this contest at +122 while the Rangers are coming in at -135. The O/U is set at 5.5. The Ducks are covering 36.4% of the time, having gone 12-21 SU. The Rangers are covering 47.1% of the time, going 16-18 straight up.
The Anaheim Ducks head into this game holding a record of 14 victories and 17 losses, which is good for 8th in the Pacific Division. During the season thus far, they have racked up a total of 87 goals which puts them at 15th in the conference and 29th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -16, which is good for 25th in the NHL. The Ducks have earned a total of 32 pts, which puts them at 29th in the NHL and 15th in the West. Regarding shots toward the net, they have earned a total of 1,048 which puts them at 13th in the Western Conference and 25th in the NHL. As a team, Anaheim has racked up a total of 690 hits which means they have an average of 19.7 per game. They have earned a total of 386 blocks for this year. The man looking after the net for Anaheim is John Gibson from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is 26 years old and has racked up 1,541 minutes defending the goal for the campaign. Gibson is giving up 2.80 GAA which has him ranked 15th among Western Conference goaltenders and 27th among goaltenders in the NHL. So far this season, he's surrendered 72 goals. He holds a save % of .910 which has him ranked 17th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Anaheim Ducks were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 3 - 1 defeat to the New Jersey Devils in their last game. The Ducks didn't have their best offensive outing in the defeat. For this game, they earned a goal on 1 of the 27 shots they looked to score on. Furthermore, they had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to net one. Anaheim had a total of 13 penalty mins for this matchup. The Corsi for the Ducks was 47 and the Corsi against was 35 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 57.3%. Their Fenwick sat at 34 and the Fenwick against sat at 26, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 56.7%. They earned 25 face-off wins and lost 12 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 52.2% and they had a PDO of 92.4 in this one. When it comes to their opponent, the New Jersey Devils put up 20 shots. They finished with 9 penalty mins and they notched 4 power play chances.
The Rangers will be the team across the ice and for the current year they sit with 16 victories and 14 defeats. In the matter of goal differential, they are currently ranked 11th in the conference and 19th in the league with -2. They currently have a total of 108 goals for the season which ranks 11th in the Eastern Conference. New York has a save % as a team of .908 which currently has them ranked 12th in the league, which means scoring chances could present themselves. They are shooting 10.9% putting them at 2nd in the East. In goal for New York is Henrik Lundqvist who is having a bad season by giving up 3.13 goals per contest and that places him 24th among East goalies and 50th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,093 minutes he's been on the ice this year, he has given up 57 goals. His save percentage is .912, which has him placed 13th among East goalies and 29th among goalies in the NHL.
The New York Rangers faced off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an outing where the Rangers took the defeat by a final of 6 - 3. While out there on the ice, New York earned a 40.9% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 38 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 55. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 41.3% with a Fenwick of 31 and the Maple Leafs having a 44 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game New York played and we'd say they played an average game. They had a PDO of 98.9 and they had an oZS percentage of 37.5%. The Rangers converted 3 goals out of the 22 shots on goal they tried. They had 3 power play chances in this outing but didn't score a goal. In discussing their opponent, the Maple Leafs had 3 power play chances and went on to score 1 goal. New York gave way to 40 shots on goal and the Maple Leafs ended up with a total of 6 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Anaheim (+122)
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