Detroit Red Wings (21-13-7) at Anaheim Ducks (17-16-7)
|Date & Time||Sunday January 10, 2016, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -136 / Detroit Red Wings +123 --- Over/Under: 5
The Ducks and Red Wings meet up at the Honda Center on Sunday in a show down between two low scoring squads.
The Red Wings head into California on Sunday to face off against the Anaheim Ducks and will turn to Petr Mrazek who has emerged as the number one option in the Motor City as Jimmy Howard has had a tough go of things this year. Detroit sits in second place in the Atlantic and are the leaders of a log jammed pack that includes the Canadiens, Bruins, Senators, and Lightning but they do trail the Panthers by five points who have soared to the top of the division thanks to a lengthy 11 game winning streak. Mrazek is to face off against John Gibson who has been brilliant this season and could very well have overthrown Frederik Andersen as the team’s number one despite playing very well himself.
The Ducks have started to make a push after a sluggish start to the season had people doubting their fire power and while their offense is still underperforming they have stayed the course thanks to their defense and superb goaltending. The Ducks are still averaging less than two goals per game but John Gibson has come in and played lights out in the Anaheim crease and if he can maintain it within reason they should be able to get into the playoffs in the very weak Pacific division. The Ducks and Wings are similar in the way they play and as such I think this one stays under the total and while it will be a common play I think the combination of Mrazek and Gibson leave this one as a three goal total.