Anaheim Ducks vs. Minnesota Wild, 01/08/17 - Prediction & Preview
Written by: Jason Green
Minnesota Wild (29-9-4 SU 22-15 PL, 14-16 O/U) at Anaheim Ducks (21-12-8 SU, 22-19 PL, 14-15 O/U)
NHL: Sunday January 8, 2017 at 8 p.m. ET
The Line: Anaheim -120/Minnesota +100
The Wild have been red-hot-wild as of late, as they recently had their 12-game winning streak snapped, but then rebounded with a win. They shot to the top with their win streak and now they are in 2nd place in the Western Conference not far behind the Chicago Blackhawks. The Wild rank in the top 5 in the league in goals scored per game and goals against and they are streaking to say the least.
The Ducks have won three in a row and they have been dramatic winning one of those games in OT and one in a shootout. Anaheim is in first place in the Pacific Division, but still trail the Wild by a couple of points and that may change after this game. Anaheim is balanced to say the least, as they rank 16th in the NHL in both goals scored and goals against. The Ducks have won 11 of their last 13 games facing the Wild.
Getting it done on both sides of the ice
The Wild have been getting it done on both sides of the ice this season ranking 4th in goals scored and 2nd in goals allowed. On of the main reasons they have been winning and near the top of the West is the play of GK Devan Dubnyk (20-7-3 1.82 GAA), who ranks 1st in both GAA and save percentage and 2nd in wins. Eric Staal leads the team in points and he is one of three players that has at least 31 points in this season and four players have at least 11 goals. This will be their first game against the Ducks this season and they have not had much luck against them in the last several seasons.
Kase comes up big in the extra period
Ondrej Kase scored for the Ducks in OT in their last game, which was a 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes. Anaheim escaped with a win facing a Coyotes team that is near the bottom of the Western Conference. The Ducks had 12 more shots on goal in the game and Joseph Cramarossa and Chris Wagner lit the lamp for them in the game. GK Josh Gibson (15-9-7 2.48 GAA) stopped 21 of 23 shots in the game and in his previous game he had a shutout while giving up three goals in each of his previous two games before that. Anaheim has a balanced team and the duo of Ryan Kesler and Rickard Rakell have combined for 31 goals on the season.
This season the Ducks are 13-4-2 at home and the Wild are 11-5-4 on the road.
The Minnesota Wild are:
- 7-0 in their last 7 road games
- 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Pacific
- 8-0 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference
- 6-1 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record
- 13-3 in their last 16 overall
The Anaheim Ducks are:
- 1-6 in their last 7 vs. Central
The Ducks are coming off a less than impressive win on the Coyotes and even on home ice they will not fare well facing the hot Wild. Minnesota will win this game and keep up their solid play.
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