Washington Capitals vs. Anaheim Ducks - 12/6/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Washington Capitals vs Anaheim Ducks
Date: Friday, December 6, 2019
Location: Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (-140) Ducks (+127)
John Gibson and the Anaheim Ducks (12-12-4, 7th in the Pacific Division) play the Washington Capitals (21-4-5, 1st in the Metropolitan Division) at Honda Center on Friday, December 6, 2019. The Ducks open this matchup at +127 while the Capitals are coming in at -140. The total has been set at 6. The Capitals are covering 66.7% of the time, having gone 18-9 SU. Anaheim is covering 42.9% of the time, going 12-16 straight up.
The Washington Capitals head into this game holding a record of 21 victories and 4 defeats, which is good for 1st in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have earned a total of 109 goals which is 1st in the East and 1st in the NHL. Their goal differential is +25, which is good for 2nd in the NHL. The Capitals currently have a total of 47 pts, which is 1st in the NHL and 1st in the Eastern Conference. When talking about shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 934 which is 4th in the conference and 6th in the NHL. As a unit, Washington has compiled a total of 547 hits which means they have an average of 18.2 per game. They currently have a total of 316 blocks for the season. The man protecting the goal for Washington is Braden Holtby from Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. He is 30 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,234 mins defending the net this season. Holtby is surrendering an average of 2.82 goals per contest which has him placed 9th in the East and 23rd in the NHL among goaltenders. For the year, he has surrendered 58 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .909 which has him placed 12th in the East.
The Washington Capitals were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in their last contest. The Capitals were neither impressive or disappointing offensively in the victory. In their game, they netted 3 of the 22 shots they put on net. In addition, they had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Washington ended up with 6 penalty mins for this outing. The Corsi for the Capitals was 40 and the Corsi against was 32 giving them a Corsi percentage of 55.6%. Their Fenwick sat at 31 and the Fenwick against sat at 24, giving them a rate of 56.4%. They took 25 face-off wins and were beaten on 21 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 59.5% and they had a PDO at even strength of 113.3 for this game. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Los Angeles Kings tallied a total of 23 shots. They finished with 4 minutes in the box and they earned 3 power play chances.
The Ducks will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 12 wins and 12 defeats. When talking about goal differential, they currently sit 12th in the conference and 24th in the league with -8. They have a total of 75 goals for the year which is good for 12th in the Western Conference. Anaheim has a save percentage as a team of .907 which currently has them sitting 15th in the league, meaning scoring chances could present themselves. They have a shooting percentage of 9.3% ranking them 8th in the Western Conference. In goal for Anaheim is John Gibson who is having a marginal season by surrendering 2.86 GAA and that places him 17th among Western Conference goaltenders and 30th in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,237 minutes he's played, he has surrendered 59 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .910, which has him ranked 16th among Western Conference goaltenders and 27th in the NHL among goalies.
The Anaheim Ducks opposed the Los Angeles Kings in a game where the Ducks took home the win by a tally of 4 - 2. In this matchup, Anaheim went home with a 42.4% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 39 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 53. Their Fenwick percentage was 36.4% with a Fenwick of 24 and the Kings finishing with a 42 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Anaheim had and we'd say they played well overall. They had a PDO of 108.8 and their oZS percentage was 32.3%. The Ducks scored 4 goals out of the 20 shots on goal they pursued. They had 1 power play attempt in this one and netted 1 goal on that chance. Concerning the opposition, the Kings had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to take advantage of it. Anaheim gave up 36 shots on goal and the Kings ended up with 2 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Washington (-140)
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