Coyotes vs. Ducks NHL Picks: Take Anaheim With Confidence

Dana Lane

Friday, February 5, 2016 4:25 PM GMT

No line yet in this match-up until Arizona can decide on a goaltender. No matter if it's Louie Domingue or Anders Lindback, we are backing the Ducks as the NHL Pick.

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NHL Pick: Anaheim -190
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

After the Ducks win against Los Angeles, at Staples Center against the Kings you would think that the one thing the Ducks would desperately try to avoid don't is a let down against a Coyotes team they should handle. Especially, since the Coyotes are coming off a tough loss, 5-4, to Chicago in OT, a game the Coyotes have to feel like they played well enough to win. They held Chicago shotless for the first 11:38 of the first period. They were more physical than Chicago but their inability to stay out of the penalty box ultimately led to their demise against the defending champs. Louis Domingue has now allowed 15 goals in his last three games.

Anaheim is now 23-11-5 after starting the season 1-7-2. 

Corey Perry now has nine points in his last nine games for the Ducks. 

The Ducks appear to be happy in the direction they're going so I don't see any major line changes.  Anaheim appears to be finding that scoring touch which has eluded them all season. They've scored 26 goals in their last seven games. 

That noise the Coyotes just heard was the Ducks passing them in the standings. The Ducks have now won five straight, seven of eight and 12 of 16. Anaheim also has a seven game road point streak. 

The Coyotes have now lost six of eight. Their power play has been horrid to start. They've allowed ten short handed goals, the most in the NHL. They have a great mix of older players to match their younger players. The problem is that when you get to the end of the season, both the young and old guys seem to regress. I'm not sure when we're going to see that from the 'Yotes but the West is a physical conference that will wear on you if you can't match intensity.  

Coyotes defensemen, Jarred Tinordi, is questionable for tonight's contest after sitting out against Chicago. 

The Ducks line of David Perron, Ruan Getzlaf, and Chris Stewart have become extremely productive since their first loss to the Kings. Perron and Stewart have been playing together since their days in St.Louis. Their strength is a puck possession game which feeds into all their strengths. 

Since the Christmas break, the Ducks have allowed more have two goals three times while posting two shutouts. 

From a gaming perspective, the Coyotes are an amazing 20-51 in their last 71 games after allowing two goals or less in their previous game. So based on that I never been comfortable backing Arizona because you never know what you're going to get. They simply don't follow up decent efforts with the same intensity. 

Anaheim is an incredible 39-19 in the third game of a three games in four days situation and are 6-1 in their last seven against the West. The NHL odds board show the Ducks as the favorites at -190. Take Anaheim for your NHL picks.