Wild at Ducks - 10/18/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (3-0-1) at Anaheim Ducks (0-3-1)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -125 / Minnesota Wild +113 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, FSW2, NHL
The Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Ducks square off late Sunday night at the Honda Center.
The Minnesota Wild look for their third road victory as they hope to build on their strong start. The Minnesota Wild are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on 40 percent of their power plays. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with five goals, Mikael Granlund has three assists and Jason Pominville has 10 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing three goals per game and are killing 40 percent of their power play chances. Devan Dubnyk has allowed nine goals on 85 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has given up two goals on 37 shots. Dubnyk has allowed two or less goals in four of his last eight regular season outings.
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The Anaheim Ducks are still looking for their first victory after a tough 0-3-1 start to the year. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 0.3 goals per game and have yet to score a power play goal. Sami Vatanen leads Anaheim with one goal, Mike Santorelli has one point and Ryan Getzlaf has 12 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 88.9 percent of their power play chances. Frederik Andersen has allowed six goals on 114 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has given up three goals on eight shots. Anderson has allowed two or less goals in five straight regular season games. Simon Despres, Nate Thompson and Clayton Stoner are questionable.
The Wild are 19-7 in their last 26 road games and 39-16 in their last 55 vs. a team with a losing record. The Ducks are 0-4 in their last 4 home games and 6-2 in their last 8 games following a home loss of 3 or more goals. The Wild are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Anaheim and 1-9 in the last 10 meetings overall.
You get the feeling the Anaheim Ducks are just due for a breakout performance, and it might as well come at home against a Minnesota Wild team that has just beaten them once in the last 10 meetings. I'll take the Ducks to get on board here with their first victory.