Anaheim Ducks vs Vegas Golden Knights Prediction, 12/31/2021 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Anaheim Ducks vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Friday, December 31, 2021
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, NV
TV: Bally Sports West
Odds/Point Spread: Ducks (+155) Golden Knights (-188)
T-Mobile Arena is the location where the Vegas Golden Knights (21-12-0) will take on the Anaheim Ducks (17-9-7) on Friday. The odds on this game have Anaheim at +155 while Vegas is opening at -188. The betting total is set at 6.
The Anaheim Ducks were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 2-1 loss to the Canucks the last time they stepped on the ice. Anaheim accumulated 8 penalty minutes in this contest. Moreover, they had 4 power play opportunities but weren't able to make the most of them. The Ducks didn't have their best offensive outing in the loss. For the game, they tallied a score on 1 out of the 23 shots they put on goal.
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Anaheim Ducks opponents have tallied 85 power play opportunities (18th in hockey) and have a total of 12 goals in those attempts. The Ducks have had 1,053 shots tried against them and have a save percentage of .916. Anaheim has taken 1,038 shots and has a shooting percentage of 9.8%. While at even strength, the Ducks let the opposition score 76 goals while scoring 79 themselves. Anaheim comes into tonight with 90 power play opportunities and they have added 23 goals out of those attempts, earning them a percentage of 25.56%. For the year, they have tallied 41 points and their points percentage comes in at .621. Concerning their scoring capabilities, the Anaheim Ducks have accounted for 102 goals (7th in hockey) this year and have given up 88.
The man protecting the net in this game is John Gibson. For his career, Gibson is sitting with 189 quality starts and his quality starts percentage sits at .559. He has a save percentage of .916 for his 19,894 minutes played. Gibson has had 10,251 shots against him and has recorded 9,394 saves. Opponents have tallied 857 goals against Gibson in his pro career and his goals against rate is 2.58. He has compiled a mark of 159-129-46 and was named the starter in 338 games. Gibson has been in net for 346 games during his hockey career.
When they were on the ice last, Vegas opposed the Kings in a game where the Golden Knights notched a win by a tally of 6-3. They had 4 power play chances in this contest and recorded 2 goals out of those chances. The Golden Knights recorded 6 goals out of the 27 shots on goal they took.
The Golden Knights have racked up 100 goals at even strength and 17 goals (17th in the league) while on the power play. Vegas has put up 1,099 shots (1st in the league) and has a shot percentage of 10.65%, while allowing their opponents 1,019 shots. On the campaign, the Vegas Golden Knights have a total of 117 goals, 42 points, as well as a points percentage of .636. They have a total of 82 chances on the power play and they have a power play percentage of 20.73%. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 77.89% on their opponents 95 chances on the power play, and their save percentage comes in at 90.1%. They have permitted 101 goals to be scored by way of 80 goals at even strength and 21 goals while they were shorthanded.
On the other side of the ice you will find Robin Lehner in net. The opposition is averaging 2.72 goals/game and he has surrendered 879 goals altogether. Lehner's rate of quality starts comes out to 55.7% and he has made 181 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He has started in 325 games and has played 19,419 minutes. Lehner is the owner of a career mark of 143-133-47 and has been in goal for 344 contests. He has compiled 9,702 saves out of the 10,581 shots tried, giving him a save percentage of .917.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Anaheim (+155)
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