Lightning vs Ducks Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 1/31/2020
Game: Tampa Bay Lightning vs Anaheim Ducks
Date: Friday, January 31, 2020
Location: Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Lightning (-201) Ducks (+180)
Honda Center is the site where John Gibson and the Anaheim Ducks (20-25-5, 7th in the Pacific Division) will play the Tampa Bay Lightning (30-15-5, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) on Friday. The Lightning open this matchup at -201 while the Ducks are coming in at +180. The total opens at 6. The Lightning are covering 58.3% of the time, having gone 28-20 SU. The Ducks are covering 34.8% of the time, going 16-30 straight up.
The Tampa Bay Lightning head into this matchup with a record of 30 victories and 15 losses, which is good for 2nd in the Atlantic Division. During the season thus far, they have converted a total of 179 goals which has them at 4th in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the league. Their goal differential is +37, which is good for 2nd in the league. The Lightning have earned a total of 65 pts, which has them at 5th in the league and 4th in the conference. With reference to shots toward the net, they have earned a total of 1,590 which has them at 9th in the Eastern Conference and 16th in the league. As a group, Tampa Bay has racked up a total of 1,067 hits which means they have an average of 21.3 per contest. They have earned a total of 501 blocks for the season. The goaltender for Tampa Bay is Andrei Vasilevskiy from London, Ontario. He is 25 years old and has racked up 2,226 mins defending the net for the year. Vasilevskiy is giving up 2.53 goals per contest which has him ranking 10th in the East and 16th among goaltenders in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he has surrendered 94 goals. He holds a save % of .918 which has him ranking 8th in the East.
The Tampa Bay Lightning were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 4 - 2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings in their last game. The Lightning had a good offensive performance and it was apparent in this victory. While out there on the ice, they converted 4 out of the 24 shots they tried. Furthermore, they had 2 power play attempts but didn't net one. Tampa Bay earned 2 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Lightning sat at 40 and the Corsi against was 63 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 38.8%. Their Fenwick sat at 32 and the Fenwick against was 46, telling us they have a rate of 41.0%. They earned 29 face-off wins and were beaten on 28 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 32.4% and they had a PDO at even strength of 119.2 for this matchup. Regarding their opponent, the Los Angeles Kings earned a total of 34 shots. They finished with 4 penalty minutes and they notched 1 power play attempt.
The Ducks are the team on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they sit with 20 victories and 25 defeats. In terms of goal differential, they are ranked 13th in the Western Conference and 27th in the NHL with -31. They currently have a total of 124 goals for the season which is good for 15th in the conference. Anaheim has a save percentage as a team of .901 which has them ranked 22nd in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They are shooting 8.3% ranking them 14th in the Western Conference. In goal for Anaheim is John Gibson who is having a bad year by allowing 2.96 GAA and that has him 20th in the Western Conference and 40th in the NHL among goalies. In the 2,267 mins he has been on the ice this year, he's allowed 112 goals. He holds a save % of .905, which has him ranking 22nd in the Western Conference and 43rd in the NHL among goalies.
The Anaheim Ducks opposed the Arizona Coyotes in an outing where the Ducks ended up with the win by a score of 4 - 2. For this outing, Anaheim earned a 57.1% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 52 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 39. Their Fenwick rate came in at 59.7% with a Fenwick of 43 and the Coyotes ending the game with a 29 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Anaheim had and it was a good performance overall. Their PDO was 99.8 and their oZS percentage was 69.0%. The Ducks netted 4 goals of the 32 shots on goal they took. They had 4 power play attempts in this one but didn't put one in the back of the net. As for their opponent, the Coyotes had 5 power play opportunities but weren't able to take advantage of it. Anaheim gave up 27 shots on goal and the Coyotes racked up 8 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-201)
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