Minnesota Wild (9-4-2) at Anaheim Ducks (7-7-3)
|Date & Time||Friday November 9, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -117 / Minnesota Wild -112 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Ducks meet Friday in NHL action at the Honda Center.
The Minnesota Wild look for another victory after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 19.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Mikael Granlund leads Minnesota with six goals, Ryan Suter has 10 assists and Zach Parise has 42 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 85.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 25 goals on 357 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 10 goals on 95 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Anaheim Ducks could use a victory here after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 14.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Jakob Silfverberg leads Anaheim with five goals, Rickard Rakell has nine assists and Ryan Getzlaf has 30 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 78.9 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 31 goals on 460 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed 10 goals on 156 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The Wild are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference, 4-11 in their last 15 road games and 7-2 in their last 9 overall. The Ducks are 7-2 in their last 9 Friday games, 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 2-8 in their last 10 overall. The Wild are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Anaheim, 5-14 in the last 19 meetings and the under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The Minnesota Wild have had little success against the Anaheim Ducks over the years and haven't been a great road team either, but they're playing really solid hockey as of late and the Ducks aren't to say the least. I'm not sure how anybody can back the Ducks with any sort of confidence given the major offensive struggles and the fact they've lost eight of their last 10 games. While the history isn't on our side and they're on the end of a back to back, the Wild and the cheap price has to be the play, even if it's more of a fade from the Ducks.