Anaheim Ducks vs. Arizona Coyotes - 1/2/20 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Anaheim Ducks vs Arizona Coyotes
Date: Thursday, January 2, 2020
Location: Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Ducks (+153) Coyotes (-170)
Antti Raanta and the Arizona Coyotes (22-16-4, 2nd in the Pacific Division) play the Anaheim Ducks (16-19-5, 8th in the Pacific Division) at Gila River Arena on Thursday, January 2, 2020. The Ducks open this contest at +153 while the Coyotes are coming in at -170. The over/under is set at 5.5. The Ducks cover 35.1% of the time, having gone 13-24 SU. The Coyotes cover 46.0% of the time, going 17-20 straight up.
The Anaheim Ducks head into this game holding a record of 16 wins and 19 defeats, which is good for 8th in the Pacific Division. Thus far in the season, they have converted a total of 100 goals which puts them at 15th in the conference and 30th in the league. Their goal differential is -23, which is good for 28th in the league. The Ducks currently have a total of 37 points, which puts them at 28th in the league and 14th in the West. With reference to shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,170 which puts them at 15th in the Western Conference and 28th in the league. As a unit, Anaheim currently has a total of 780 hits which means they are averaging 19.5 per game. They currently have a total of 426 blocks for the season. In goal for Anaheim is John Gibson from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is 26 years old and has totaled 1,788 minutes minding the goal for the campaign. Gibson is allowing 2.89 GAA which has him sitting 16th in the Western Conference and 30th in the NHL among goalies. During this season, he's allowed 86 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .908 which has him sitting 18th in the Western Conference.
The Anaheim Ducks will need a bounce back game after taking a 5 - 2 defeat against the Vegas Golden Knights their last time out. The Ducks didn't have their best offensive outing in this loss. For this outing, they finished 2 of the 28 shots they put on net. They also had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to net one. Anaheim had 7 penalty minutes for this matchup. The Corsi for the Ducks was 43 and the Corsi against was 66 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 39.4%. Their Fenwick was 34 while the Fenwick against sat at 55, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 38.2%. They earned 22 face-off wins and lost 24 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 44.4% and they had a PDO at even strength of 97.1 for this matchup. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Vegas Golden Knights put up 43 shots. They finished with 9 penalty mins and they notched 1 power play opportunity.
The Coyotes will be looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they have 22 victories and 16 defeats. In connection with goal differential, they are currently sitting 4th in the West and 12th in the league with +7. They have earned a total of 113 goals for the season which is good for 10th in the Western Conference. Arizona has a save % as a team of .922 which has them 3rd in the league, meaning they are a tough team to score against. They are shooting 8.7% which puts them at 11th in the Western Conference. In net for Arizona is Antti Raanta who is having an average season by giving up 2.80 goals against average and that has him 13th in the West and 25th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 984 minutes he's been on the ice, he has surrendered 46 goals. He holds a save % of .918, which puts him at 10th in the West and 17th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Arizona Coyotes opposed the St. Louis Blues in a game where the Coyotes notched a victory by a tally of 3 - 1. In this matchup, Arizona wound up with a 43.0% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 37 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 49. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 43.5% with a Fenwick of 30 and the Blues having earned a 39 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Arizona had and you can say they had a mediocre outing. Their PDO was 101.8 and they earned an oZS percentage of 45.0%. The Coyotes netted 3 goals out of the 26 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 4 power play chances in this one and scored 2 out of those attempts. Regarding their opponent, the Blues had 4 power play attempts but didn't tally a goal. Arizona gave way to 39 shots on goal and the Blues racked up 8 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Anaheim (+153)
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