New Jersey Devils vs Anaheim Ducks Predictions, NHL Picks 3/1/2020
Game: New Jersey Devils vs Anaheim Ducks
Date: Sunday, March 1, 2020
Location: Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+136) Ducks (-150)
Honda Center is the site where John Gibson and the Anaheim Ducks (26-30-8, 6th in the Pacific Division) will play the New Jersey Devils (25-27-11, 8th in the Metropolitan Division) on Sunday. The Devils open this game at +136 while the Ducks are coming in at -150. The over/under opens at 5.5. The Devils are covering 35.6% of the time, having gone 21-38 SU. Anaheim is covering 35.6% of the time, going 21-38 straight up.
The New Jersey Devils head into this game holding a record of 25 victories and 27 losses, ranking them 8th in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have earned a total of 169 goals which ranks them 15th in the Eastern Conference and 27th in the league. Their goal differential is -39, ranking them 27th in the league. The Devils currently have a total of 61 pts, which ranks them 26th in the league and 14th in the Eastern Conference. With reference to shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 1,940 which ranks them 13th in the Eastern Conference and 23rd in the league. As a group, New Jersey has racked up a total of 1,148 hits which means they are averaging 18.2 per game. They currently have a total of 808 blocks for the season. The man in the crease for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood from Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 23 years old and has racked up 2,443 mins protecting the net for the year. Blackwood is surrendering 2.73 goals against average which puts him at 16th in the East and 27th in the NHL among goalies. For the season, he has allowed 111 goals. He has a save % of .916 which puts him at 9th in the East.
The New Jersey Devils were on the losing side of the ice with a 3 - 2 loss against the San Jose Sharks in their previous game. The Devils had an offensive game that was below their expectations in this defeat. For this game, they finished 2 out of the 23 shots they put on net. Additionally, they had 4 power play attempts but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. New Jersey earned 8 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Devils was 34 and the Corsi against was 55 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 38.2%. Their Fenwick was 27 while the Fenwick against sat at 36, which earned them a rate of 42.9%. They took 18 face-off wins and were beaten on 19 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 36.4% and they had a PDO of 101.7 for this one. Concerning opponent stats, the San Jose Sharks put up 30 shots. They had a total of 10 penalty mins and they tallied 3 power play opportunities.
The Ducks will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they sit with 26 victories and 30 losses. When it comes to goal differential, they are sitting 13th in the West and 26th in the league with -38. They have a total of 163 goals for this year which puts them at 13th in the Western Conference. Anaheim has a team save % of .901 which is good for 20th in the league, which means scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.5% which is good for 12th in the West. In goal for Anaheim is John Gibson who is having a bad season by giving up 2.99 GAA and that has him 25th among West goaltenders and 47th in the NHL among goalies. In the 2,831 mins he's been on the ice this year, he's allowed 141 goals. He holds a save percentage of .904, which places him at 24th among West goaltenders and 48th in the NHL among goalies.
The Anaheim Ducks went up against the Pittsburgh Penguins in an outing where the Ducks notched a victory by a final of 3 - 2. For this game, Anaheim went home with a 42.1% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 32 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 44. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 35.2% with a Fenwick of 19 and the Penguins ending the game with a 35 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Anaheim had and it tells us they had an average game overall. Their PDO at even strength was 112.7 and they had an oZS percentage of 40.2%. The Ducks scored 3 goals out of the 21 shots on goal they took. They had 6 power play attempts in this game and converted 1 out of those attempts. On the other side of the ice, the Penguins had 5 power play attempts and ended up scoring 1 goal. Anaheim allowed 30 shots on goal and the Penguins racked up a total of 16 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New Jersey (+136)
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