New Jersey Devils (10-12-5) at Anaheim Ducks (15-11-5)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 9, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -115 / New Jersey Devils +104 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The New Jersey Devils and Anaheim Ducks meet Sunday in NHL action at the Honda Center.
The New Jersey Devils could use a feel good victory after losing eight of their last 10 games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 14 goals, Taylor Hall has 22 assists and Nico Hischier has 53 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 82.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 21 goals on 152 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 65 goals on 689 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or more goals in each of their last seven games.
The Anaheim Ducks look to keep the puck rolling after winning seven of their last nine games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 15.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Pontus Aberg leads Anaheim with nine goals, Rickard Rakell has 15 assists and Ryan Getzlaf has 56 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.2 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 61 goals on 824 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed 19 goals on 267 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or more goals in five of their last 10 games.
The Devils are 7-3 in their last 10 games playing on 2 days rest, 5-16 in their last 21 Sunday games and 1-6 in their last 7 overall. The Ducks are 56-27 in their last 83 Sunday games, 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Devils are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Anaheim and 2-7 in the last 9 meetings. The under is 13-6 in Ducks last 19 overall. The over is 7-1 in Devils last 8 overall.
The Anaheim Ducks are playing their most consistent hockey of the season right now, while the New Jersey Devils continue to pile up the losses and stink up the joint on the defensive end. Throw in the Ducks dominance over the Devils in recent meetings, and you have to like the Ducks at home and the cheap price. There's no reason to fade the Anaheim Ducks in this spot based on the form of both teams over the last two weeks.