Anaheim Ducks (5-1-1) at Vegas Golden Knights (3-4-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 20, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights / Anaheim Ducks --- Over/Under:
The Anaheim Ducks and Vegas Golden Knights meet Saturday in NHL action at the T-Mobile Arena.
The Anaheim Ducks look for their fourth road win of the season to build on their impressive 5-1-1 record. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 27.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Jakob Silfverberg leads Anaheim with three goals, Hampus Lindholm has five assists and Max Comtois has eight shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing two goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 11 goals on 213 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed two goals on 37 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or less goals in six of their first seven games.
The Vegas Golden Knights look for a third straight victory to rebound from their shaky 3-4-0 start to the season. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 5.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Vegas with four goals, William Karlsson has six assists and Reilly Smith has 13 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponents power plays. Malcolm Subban has given up four goals on 31 shots faced and Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 15 goals on 144 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed one or less goals in three of their last six games.
The Ducks are 8-2 in their last 10 games following a win, 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Pacific and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Golden Knights are 36-15 in their last 51 home games, 26-10 in their last 36 vs. Pacific and 3-8 in their last 11 overall. The over is 7-3 in Golden Knights last 10 home games and the under is 5-1 in Ducks last 6 overall.
The Anaheim Ducks have been one of the more impressive teams out of the gate and are worth a strong look here given their current form. The problem is the Vegas Golden Knights are starting to show signs of turning things around, as the defense has improved the last couple of games and they're still one of the better home teams in the league. I'll back the Golden Knights here based on what they've shown us the last couple of games and the improved play.