The Vegas Golden Knights and the Anaheim Ducks meet in NHL action from the Honda Center on Friday night.
The Vegas Golden Knights will look to extend their winning streak which currently sits at 4 games following a 2-0 win over Los Angeles in their last outing. The game was a scoreless stalemate through the opening two periods before Brandon Pirri finally broke the deadlock 3:43 into the 3rd period. Alex Tuch added an empty net goal in the waning moments of the game to seal the deal for the Golden Knights in the win. Vegas outshot the Kings by a hefty 48-17 margin as well in the victory. Marc-Andre Fleury picked up a point for Vegas in his 10th straight start, stopping all 17 shots he faced for his 6th shutout of the season to improve to 23-10-4 this year.
The Anaheim Ducks come into this one looking to snap a 6-game losing skid after a 2-1 overtime loss to Tampa Bay in their last outing. Tampa Bay opened the scoring 6:06 into the game before Nick Ritchie tied things up for the Ducks with Anaheim’s lone marker in the contest. The game stayed tied at 1-1 through the 2nd and 3rd periods before Brayden Point gave the Lightning the W just :35 into the overtime period. John Gibson took the loss, falling to 15-11-6 after stopping 33 of 35 shots faced in the losing effort.
Vegas is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 36-15 in their last 51 division games while the over is 9-2 in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record. Anaheim is 0-6 in their last 6 games overall and 3-7 in their last 10 division games while the under is 18-7-1 in their last 26 games against a team with a winning record. Vegas is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
Anaheim as a home dog is tempting considering that the Ducks have actually been pretty good at home this season. However, backing the Ducks in their current form isn’t something I’m willing to do, even if Anaheim just took the best team in the league to overtime in their last outing. These two teams are heading in completely different directions right now as Vegas is back to rolling and have owned the Ducks in this brief rivalry so I’ll lay the juice with the Golden Knights in this one.