Anaheim Ducks vs Vegas Golden Knights NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/18/21

Anaheim Ducks vs Vegas Golden Knights NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/18/21 Photo by Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Vegas Golden Knights (30-11-2) at Anaheim Ducks (14-24-7)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 4:00 pm (Honda Center)

The Line: Anaheim Ducks +188 / Vegas Golden Knights -225 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Vegas Golden Knights and Anaheim Ducks meet Sunday in NHL action at the Honda Center.

The Vegas Golden Knights look to build on their five-game winning streak. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 17.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Max Pacioretty leads Vegas with 21 goals, Mark Stone has 34 assists and Jonathan Marchessault has 140 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 84.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 28 goals on 341 shots faced and Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 60 goals on 795 shots.

The Anaheim Ducks need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 11.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Max Comtois leads Anaheim with 12 goals, Rickard Rakell has 15 assists and Jakob Silfverberg has 88 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.5 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 82 goals on 861 shots faced and Ryan Miller has given up 45 goals on 382 shots.

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The Golden Knights are 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 53-23 in their last 76 overall. The Ducks are 15-38 in their last 53 home games and 17-35 in their last 52 overall. The under is 4-1 in Golden Knights last 5 overall. The under is 5-0 in Ducks last 5 overall. The Golden Knights are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Anaheim and 15-3 in the last 18 meetings. The favorite is 12-2 in the last 14 meetings.

The Vegas Golden Knights are playing possibly their best stretch of hockey right now, which includes five straight wins and wins in five of the last six meetings against the Ducks. Vegas has owned Anaheim this season and that includes a 4-0 victory on Friday. The Anaheim Ducks continue to pile up the losses and they've provided little to no value in the underdog role. This is a complete mismatch no matter how you slice it, and the only option is to back the Golden Knights and the PL for max betting value.

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Randy’s Pick Vegas Golden Knights -1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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