Philadelphia Flyers vs. Anaheim Ducks - 12/29/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Philadelphia Flyers vs Anaheim Ducks
Date: Sunday, December 29, 2019
Location: Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Flyers (-120) Ducks (+109)
John Gibson and the Anaheim Ducks (16-18-4, 6th in the Pacific Division) play the Philadelphia Flyers (21-11-5, 4th in the Metropolitan Division) at Honda Center on Sunday, December 29, 2019. The Flyers open this contest at -120 while the Ducks are coming in at +109. The total opens at 5.5. The Flyers cover 51.5% of the time, having gone 17-16 SU. The Ducks cover 37.1% of the time, going 13-22 straight up.
The Philadelphia Flyers head into this game with a record of 21 wins and 11 defeats, ranking them 4th in the Metropolitan Division. Thus far in the season, they have converted a total of 117 goals which ranks 10th in the conference and 16th in the league. Their goal differential is +16, ranking them 7th in the league. The Flyers have earned a total of 47 pts, which ranks 7th in the league and 5th in the conference. Regarding shots at the opposition, they have earned a total of 1,184 which ranks 10th in the East and 20th in the league. As a team, Philadelphia currently has a total of 706 hits which means they are averaging 19.1 per contest. They have earned a total of 378 blocks for this year. The man protecting the goal for Philadelphia is Carter Hart from Lulea, Sweden. He is 21 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,347 mins minding the goal for the season. Hart is conceding 2.27 goals against average which has him ranked 4th in the Eastern Conference and 6th among goaltenders in the NHL. For the season, he's given up 51 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .916 which has him ranked 9th in the Eastern Conference.
The Philadelphia Flyers came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 5 - 1 win against the New York Rangers in their last contest. The Flyers had a solid offensive output in this win. In this game, they finished 5 of the 30 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 6 power play chances and were able to notch 1 goal out of those opportunities. Philadelphia had a total of 8 penalty minutes in this outing. The Corsi for the Flyers sat at 42 and the Corsi against was 41 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 50.6%. Their Fenwick sat at 34 while the Fenwick against sat at 33, which means they earned a rate of 50.7%. They won 26 face-off wins and lost 24 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 23.0% and they had a PDO at even strength of 118.2 in this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the New York Rangers tallied a total of 35 shots. They finished with 12 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 4 power play attempts.
The Ducks are the team looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they sit with 16 victories and 18 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are ranked 13th in the conference and 27th in the NHL with -19. They have compiled a total of 97 goals for the year which puts them at 15th in the West. Anaheim has a team save % of .903 which is good for 19th in the NHL, which tells us there should be some chances to score. They are shooting 8.7% ranking them 12th in the West. In goal for Anaheim is John Gibson who is having an average campaign by surrendering 2.88 goals per game and that places him 17th in the West and 34th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,666 minutes he's played, he's given up 80 goals. He's earned a save % of .907, which places him at 18th in the West and 37th among goalies in the NHL.
The Anaheim Ducks played the Vegas Golden Knights in an outing where the Ducks got the win by a mark of 4 - 3. For this game, Anaheim earned a 37.8% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 31 while their opponent had a Corsi of 51. Their Fenwick rate came in at 36.9% with a Fenwick of 24 and the Golden Knights finishing with a 41 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Anaheim played and it tells us that they played really well in this game. Their PDO was 102.7 and their percentage of oZS was 37.8%. The Ducks scored 4 goals of the 18 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play opportunities in this one and were able to net 2 out of those tries. Regarding the opposition, the Golden Knights had 2 power play chances but didn't tally a goal. Anaheim gave up 29 shots on goal and the Golden Knights ended up with a total of 10 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-120)
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