Minnesota Wild (18-11-2) vs. Anaheim Ducks (9-21-3)
December 21, 2022 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: Anaheim Ducks +225 / Minnesota Wild -280; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Ducks meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Honda Center. The Minnesota Wild have won 5 straight games. The Anaheim Ducks have lost 7 of their last 10 games.
The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 25.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Kirill Kaprizov leads Minnesota with 19 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 22 assists and Joel Eriksson Ek has 92 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 57 goals on 562 shots faced, and Filip Gustavsson has allowed 27 goals on 345 shots.
The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 14.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Troy Terry leads Anaheim with 11 goals, Trevor Zegras has 13 assists and Frank Vatrano has 92 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 4.2 goals per game and are killing 66 percent of their opponent’s power plays. John Gibson has given up 79 goals on 756 shots faced, and Anthony Stolarz has allowed 36 goals on 316 shots.
The Wild are 13-6 in their last 19 games playing on 2 days rest and 5-0 in their last 5 overall. The Ducks are 0-6 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest and 6-16 in their last 22 home games. The under is 5-0 in Wild last 5 overall. The over is 7-1 in Ducks last 8 overall. The Wild are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Anaheim and 14-2 in the last 16 meetings. The favorite is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings. The home team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
The Anaheim Ducks continue to be one of the worst teams in the league at both ends of the ice and things didn’t change last night, and they certainly won’t improve on the end of a back to back. The Minnesota Wild are comfortably the better team, and they have the rest advantage. The Wild have also beaten the Ducks a lot over the years. There’s only one way I can lean here, and that’s to side with the Wild and the PL for max betting value.