Anaheim Ducks vs. Arizona Coyotes - 12/31/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Coyotes (9-26-5) at Anaheim Ducks (17-14-8)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 4:00 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -210 / Arizona Coyotes +188 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ, FSWHD
The Arizona Coyotes and Anaheim Ducks meet Sunday in NHL action at the Honda Center.
The Arizona Coyotes need a win here after losing nine of their last 11 games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 15.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with 13 goals, Max Domi has 16 assists and Derek Stepan has 109 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 80.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Wedgewood has given up 47 goals on 455 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 44 goals on 523 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 11 games.
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The Anaheim Ducks look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Rickard Rakell leads Anaheim with 11 goals, Corey Perry has 16 assists and Brandon Montour has 78 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 76 goals on 964 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed 20 goals on 276 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.
The Coyotes are 1-7 in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest, 19-62 in their last 81 road games and 13-40 in their last 53 overall. The Ducks are 48-20 in their last 68 Sunday games, 7-15 in their last 22 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 games following a win. The Coyotes are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Anaheim, 1-6 in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The price isn't cheap for an inconsistent Anaheim Ducks squad, but it's hard to make a case for the young Arizona Coyotes. Arizona hasn't been able to string wins together at any point this season and has been downright awful on the road. Add the fact the Ducks have scored at least four goals in five of the last eight meetings against the Coyotes, and you have to like the home team here.