Anaheim Ducks vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 12/31/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Anaheim Ducks vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Ducks (+193) Golden Knights (-215)
Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights (21-15-6, 1st in the Pacific Division) play the Anaheim Ducks (16-18-5, 7th in the Pacific Division) at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday, December 31, 2019. The Ducks open this matchup at +193 while the Golden Knights are coming in at -215. The over/under is set at 5.5. The Ducks cover 36.1% of the time, having gone 13-23 SU. The Golden Knights cover 46.2% of the time, going 18-21 straight up.
The Anaheim Ducks come into the game holding a record of 16 wins and 18 defeats, putting them at 7th in the Pacific Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 98 goals which has them sitting at 15th in the West and 30th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -20, putting them at 27th in the NHL. The Ducks currently have a total of 37 pts, which has them sitting at 27th in the NHL and 13th in the West. With reference to shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 1,142 which has them sitting at 15th in the Western Conference and 28th in the NHL. As a group, Anaheim has compiled a total of 780 hits which has them averaging 20 per game. They currently have a total of 426 blocks for the year. Looking after the goal for Anaheim is John Gibson from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is 26 years old and has played a total of 1,729 minutes in net this year. Gibson is giving up an average of 2.85 goals per contest which places him at 16th in the Western Conference and 30th among goaltenders in the NHL. During this year, he's allowed 82 goals. His save % is .908 which places him at 18th in the Western Conference.
The Anaheim Ducks will look for better times on the ice after their 2 - 1 defeat against the Philadelphia Flyers in their previous contest. The Ducks offense left a lot to be desired in the defeat. For this game, they converted 1 of the 28 shots they put on net. Moreover, they had 4 power play opportunities but weren't able to score a goal. Anaheim ended up with 4 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Ducks was 46 and the Corsi against was 58 giving them a Corsi percentage of 44.2%. Their Fenwick was 35 while the Fenwick against was 46, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 43.2%. They earned 18 face-off wins and were beaten on 31 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 54.0% and they had a PDO of 98.1 for this matchup. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Philadelphia Flyers earned 35 shots. They ended the game with 8 penalty minutes and they tallied 2 power play chances.
The Golden Knights will be looking to add points to their total and for the year they sit with 21 wins and 15 defeats. With reference to goal differential, they are currently sitting 7th in the West and 16th in the league with +3. They have a total of 126 goals for the season which ranks them 5th in the conference. Vegas has a save percentage as a team of .906 which has them sitting 13th in the league, which means scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.8% which puts them at 10th in the Western Conference. In goal for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury who is having a marginal campaign by allowing 2.74 goals per contest and that ranks him 11th among West goaltenders and 23rd in the NHL. In the 1,578 mins he's been on the ice this year, he has surrendered 72 goals. He has a save percentage of .912, which has him sitting 17th among West goaltenders and 29th in the NHL.
The Vegas Golden Knights faced the Arizona Coyotes in an outing where the Golden Knights took home the win by a mark of 4 - 1. For this game, Vegas wound up with a 53.5% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 54 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 47. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 57.5% by way of having a Fenwick of 42 and the Coyotes having earned a 31 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Vegas played and it was a good performance overall. Their PDO at even strength was 102.3 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 59.7%. The Golden Knights notched 4 goals out of the 36 shots on goal they took. They had 3 power play chances in this one and scored 2 out of those attempts. Concerning the opposition, the Coyotes had 5 power play chances but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Vegas conceded 28 shots on goal and the Coyotes racked up a total of 11 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Vegas (-215)
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