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New York Rangers vs. Anaheim Ducks - 12/18/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Anaheim Ducks (19-11-5) at New York Rangers (14-13-5)
Date & Time Tuesday December 18, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: New York Rangers -132 / Anaheim Ducks +102 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
PRIT, MSG
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The Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers meet Tuesday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.

The Anaheim Ducks look to keep the puck rolling after winning nine of their last 10 games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 15.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Pontus Aberg leads Anaheim with 10 goals, Rickard Rakell has 18 assists and Ryan Getzlaf has 61 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 66 goals on 898 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed 23 goals on 294 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 10 games.

The New York Rangers could use a feel good victory here after losing six of their last seven games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Kreider leads New York with 15 goals, Kevin Hayes has 18 assists and Mika Zibanejad has 100 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 75.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 72 goals on 836 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 25 goals on 248 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or more goals in each of their last seven games.

The Ducks are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 Tuesday games and 8-1 in their last 9 overall. The Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 home games, 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-6 in their last 7 overall. The Ducks are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in New York and 2-7 in the last 9 meetings. The over is 6-0 in Rangers last 6 overall. The under is 36-17 in Ducks last 53 road games.

We're getting plus money with a team in the Anaheim Ducks, who have done nothing but pile up wins this month. The New York Rangers are back in one of those slumps where they can't keep the puck out of the back of the net, and a lot of those struggles for whatever reason seem to come on their home ice. The bottom line is we're getting plus money with the team in much better form, and that's something that's hard to pass up in this business. 

Pick:
Anaheim Ducks +102

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