Vegas Golden Knights vs Anaheim Ducks Predictions, NHL Picks 2/23/2020
Game: Vegas Golden Knights vs Anaheim Ducks
Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020
Location: Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Knights (-135) Ducks (+122)
John Gibson and the Anaheim Ducks (24-30-7, 7th in the Pacific Division) play the Vegas Golden Knights (32-22-8, 1st in the Pacific Division) at Honda Center on Sunday, February 23, 2020. The line on this contest has the Golden Knights priced at -135 and the Ducks are at +122. The total is set at 6. The Golden Knights cover 49.2% of the time, having gone 29-30 SU. The Ducks cover 33.9% of the time, going 19-37 straight up.
The Vegas Golden Knights head into this game holding a record of 32 victories and 22 losses, ranking them 1st in the Pacific Division. Thus far in the season, they have racked up a total of 194 goals which has them sitting at 3rd in the Western Conference and 10th in the league. Their goal differential is +8, ranking them 13th in the league. The Golden Knights have compiled a total of 72 pts, which has them sitting at 13th in the league and 4th in the West. When talking about shots toward the net, they have compiled a total of 2,138 which has them sitting at 1st in the conference and 2nd in the league. As a group, Vegas currently has a total of 1,605 hits which means they have an average of 25.9 per game. They have compiled a total of 665 blocks for this year. The goalie for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury from Sorel, Quebec. He is 35 years old and has racked up 2,581 mins in net for the campaign. Fleury is giving up an average of 2.79 GAA which places him at 14th among Western Conference goaltenders and 32nd among goaltenders in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he's allowed 120 goals. He's earned a save % of .906 which places him at 22nd among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Vegas Golden Knights had a good night with a 5 - 3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning their last time out. The Golden Knights had a solid offensive outing and it was apparent in this victory. For this outing, they earned a goal on 5 out of the 33 shots they attempted. Additionally, they had 4 power play attempts and were able to net 1 goal out of those chances. Vegas had a total of 8 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Golden Knights was 39 and the Corsi against was 52 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 42.9%. Their Fenwick sat at 29 and the Fenwick against was 32, giving them a rate of 47.5%. They earned 29 face-off wins and were beaten on 22 of the face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 43.3% and they had a PDO at even strength of 114.0 for this matchup. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Tampa Bay Lightning racked up 27 shots. They finished with 8 penalty mins and they notched 4 power play chances.
The Ducks will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they sit with 24 victories and 30 defeats. When talking about goal differential, they currently sit 13th in the Western Conference and 26th in the league with -39. They currently have a total of 151 goals for the season which ranks them 15th in the West. Anaheim has a team save % of .902 which is good for 17th in the league, which means scoring chances could present themselves. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.2% ranking them 14th in the Western Conference. In net for Anaheim is John Gibson who is having a rough season by giving up 2.95 goals against average and that ranks him 21st among Western Conference goaltenders and 43rd among goalies in the NHL. In the 2,646 mins he's been on the ice, he's surrendered 130 goals. His save percentage is .906, which has him sitting 23rd among Western Conference goaltenders and 46th among goalies in the NHL.
The Anaheim Ducks went up against the Colorado Avalanche in an outing where the Ducks took the defeat by a final of 1 - 0. For this matchup, Anaheim went home with a 40.6% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 39 and the other team having a Corsi of 57. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 47.8% by way of having a Fenwick of 33 and the Avalanche ending the game with a 36 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Anaheim had and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. Their PDO at even strength was 96.2 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 41.9%. The Ducks notched 0 goals of the 26 shots on goal they took. They had 2 power play attempts in this outing but were not able to net one. In discussing their opponent, the Avalanche had 1 power play attempt but didn't put the puck in goal. Anaheim allowed 29 shots on goal and the Avalanche ended up with 4 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Vegas (-135)
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