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Ducks Drop Consecutive GamesThe Anaheim Ducks (12-14-4) recorded two consecutive 3-2 defeats after following up Friday’s loss to the Washington Capitals with a setback with an exactly the same result versus the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Sunday, thus starting their current two-game mini road trek on a downer. Jakob Silfverberg (11 goals, 20 points this year) and Devin Shore (1 goal, 4 points) tied the matchup at 1-1 and 2-2 in the first and third periods respectively before the Jets buried the power-play winner with 4:22 remaining on the clock. The Ducks are 2-5-1 in their last nine overall fixtures, 0-3-2 in their previous five road outings and 4-8-2 away from home for the whole season thus far.
Here's your game recap. https://t.co/saX7yuJYFW— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) December 8, 2019
Goalie John Gibson made 30 saves in Manitoba, taking his current performance tally to 8-12-2 for the rolling year with a 2.87 GAA and a .909 save percentage. He has recorded a 5-3-1 career total against the Minnesota Wild with a 1.93 GAA and a .942 save percentage. The Ducks, meanwhile, are scoring the 7th lowest number of goals per game (2.63), while allowing the 14th lowest amount in their defensive zone (2.97). They are 2nd from the bottom in power play with a 10.5% conversion rate and 24th in penalty kill with 76.8% effectiveness.
Wild Snap 11-Game Point RunThe latest three-game road trip of the Minnesota Wild (14-12-4) ended with a 2-1-0 record after the team was beaten with a score of 6-2 by the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Saturday. The Wild were outshot almost by a double (40-24), went just 1-for-3 on penalty kill and failed to convert on any of their four power-play chances, eventually scoring just twice through Ryan Donato (4 goals, 7 points this year) and Mats Zuccarello (7 goals, 17 points). Prior to the defeat, the Wild were riding a five-game winning run, having collected points in 11 straight games (8-0-3). They are 7-1-2 when playing on home ice this year.
Young #mnwild forward @DonatoRyan is primed to skate between Parise, Fiala on Tuesday against Anaheim.@mnwildscribe checks in with Donato who is eager for this new opportunity.— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) December 9, 2019
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Goalie Alex Stalock stopped 34 shots in North Carolina and has now gone 8-4-2 for the season with a 2.91 GAA and a .906 save percentage. He has posted a 2-1-0 previous total against the Anaheim Ducks with a 2.71 GAA and a .892 save percentage. The Wild, meanwhile, are burying the 15th lowest number of goals per game (2.97), while conceding the 7th highest quantity defensively (3.27). They are 13th in power play with a 19.2% success rate and 21st in penalty kill with 78.6% proficiency.
Minnesota (according to Covers.com)
- Wild are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Wild are 6-1 in their last 7 games as a home favorite.
Anaheim (according to Covers.com)
- Ducks are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Ducks are 3-12 in their last 15 overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Ducks will definitely not be happy dropping their last two decisions by a single goal, currently having registered just two victories in their past nine contests. The team is not necessarily playing its worst hockey, but seems to lack the final push, which could play in the hands of the Wild. Minnesota just snapped an impressive 11-game point streak with a total fiasco versus the Carolina Hurricanes and will be looking to bounce back straight away, currently riding a nine-game point streak on own ice. The Ducks have triumphed in Saint Paul on the last four occasions, but don’t hold your hopes up for a fifth straight win! The Wild are the more complete team at the moment!
Prediction: Minnesota Wild (-160)
Full-Game Total Pick
When these two teams are playing in Minnesota, not a lot of goals are being scored lately. In fact, the very last four encounters between the Wild and the Ducks in Saint Paul have averaged just three snipes per fixture. The Under has also gone 4-1 in the previous five contests of the Ducks against the Central Division, while the very last four Tuesday games of the Wild have all ended on the low-scoring side.
Prediction: Under 5.5