Anaheim Ducks (43-25-13) at Arizona Coyotes (29-40-12)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 7, 2018, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
|Location||Unknown Location Unknown Address|
The Line: Arizona Coyotes / Anaheim Ducks --- Over/Under:
The Anaheim Ducks and Arizona Coyotes meet Saturday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The Anaheim Ducks look for yet another victory after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Rickard Rakell leads Anaheim with 32 goals, Ryan Getzlaf has 47 assists and Corey Perry has 163 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 139 goals on 1,872 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed 50 goals on 682 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 11 games.
The Arizona Coyotes look to finish the season with a victory after splitting their last eight games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with 23 goals, Derek Stepan has 42 assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 198 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Wedgewood has given up 63 goals on 587 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 95 goals on 1,362 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed two or less goals in six of their last 10 games.
The Ducks are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest, 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 8-2 in their last 10 overall. The Coyotes are 8-19 in their last 27 Saturday games, 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-2 in their last 8 home games. The Ducks are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings, the home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and the over is 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings.
The Anaheim Ducks have caught fire over the last few weeks and will be a team to watch come playoff time. However, the Arizona Coyotes are a young club that has recently found ways to finish games and has been gaining confidence. I'm sure the Coyotes would love nothing more than to finish the season with another victory, building towards what could be a promising 2018-19 season. The Ducks could be looking ahead a bit, especially being on the end of a back to back. We've hit on the Coyotes a few times as big underdogs. I'll back them again here on their home ice.