Minnesota Wild at Anaheim Ducks
NHL: Friday November 9, 2018 at 10:00 PM EST
After a bad start to the season the Wild have gotten back on track and they recently won seven of their last nine games. They are in the midst of a seven-game road trip that began with them splitting the first four games. Minnesota ranks in the middle of the pack in goals per game and their defense has been pretty solid on the season.
After a seven-game losing streak the Ducks have rebounded and have won two of their last three games. Their offense really struggled in the seven-game skid only scoring more than two goals in one game, but in the two wins in their last three games they scored three goals in each. The defense has been pretty good on the season for Anaheim, but the same cannot be said about their offense, which ranks near the bottom of the pack in goals per game.
This is the first game between these teams this season and the Ducks have won 14 of their last 19 games facing the Wild and have beaten them in seven of their last 10 home games.
Balanced squad getting it done
Minnesota sits in 2nd place in the Central Division and their team is a very balanced one. Four players have at least five goals in Zach Parise, Mikael Granlund, Eric Staal, and Matt Dumba and four players have double-digits in points. Minnesota does not have one player that is in the top 50 in the NHL in points, but the team has continued to win. Devan Dubnyk has played pretty well between the pipes on the season as the #1 goalie for the Wild, but in a recent three-game stretch where the Wild lost twice he gave up four goals in the two loses and only one in the win. The Wild have been great at home on the season (5-0-2), but they are not over .500 on the road and they look to change that in this game facing the Ducks.
Way to come back
In their last game, the Ducks were at home beating the Calgary Flames 3-2 on a solid comeback. They gave up the game-tying goal while they were up on the power-play, but only 27 seconds later Ryan Getzlaf scored what would eventually be the game-winner.
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Gotta 🧡 the home cooking!
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) November 8, 2018
Adam Henrique and Jakob Silfverberg also found the back of the net for Anaheim. Ryan Miller (2-2-0 23.33 GAA) notched the win giving up two goals on 39 shots. Look for #1 G John Gibson to get the start in this game, but it has not been announced, and the Ducks have lost six of his last seven starts and in his last one he gave up three goals on only 26 shots. The Ducks only had 24 shots in the win over the Flames while giving up 39 and even in the win they were 0/3 on the power-play, gave up a power-play goal, and also gave up a shorthanded goal.
Rickard Rakell leds the team in points and assists and Jakob Silfverberg leads them with five goals. This season the Ducks are 4-2-3 at home.
The Anaheim Ducks are:
- 7-2 in their last 9 Friday games
The Minnesota Wild are:
- 4-11 in their last 15 road games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Ducks recently got over their seven-game skid by winning two of their last three games. They will add to their win total in this game facing a Wild team that has lost 11 of their last 15 road games dating back to last season. This will not be a high scoring game at all, but Anaheim will play the better defense and that is why they will get the W. The Ducks will win their 2nd in a row and give the Wild another loss on their long road trip.
Prediction: PICK: Ducks
Full-Game Total Pick
Both of these teams are led by their defense, especially the Ducks, who have had major issues on the season scoring goals. In the last six games between these teams in Anaheim the Under record is 5-0-1. Look for that trend to continue in this game, where the smart money is on the Under.
Prediction: PICK: Under