NHL Betting - Home Underdog Value On The Anaheim Ducks Tonight

Dana Lane

Friday, December 9, 2016 7:37 PM UTC

Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 7:37 PM UTC

After a trip south of the border, it's back to business! Get an update on my NHL power ratings plus read why we'll get back in the winner's column with the Ducks tonight.

2016-2017 NHL Pick Record:  29-23   .558   +14.07 units

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I took two things away from my cruise to Ensenada, Mexico. One, four days is a lot of time to be on the ocean and two, most are very lucky to be living where we do. It opened my eyes to how fortunate we are. I did get a chance to watch some hockey, internet permitting, so let's update our power rankings. 

The Pittsburgh Penguins continue to lead the pack as they are in a heated battle atop the Metropolitan Division. This will prove to be a beneficial race for the eventual champion, unlike last season, when the Washington Capitals ran away with the division. With a month to go Barry Trotz was forced to figure out a way to keep his team motivated while trying to maintain heat. The winner of the division will be battle tested. For now, the Penguins are still the class of the league as they are able to apply offensive pressure at will. Patric Hornqvist has benefited from playing alongside Sidney Crosby on the first line as he has averaged over a point a game to go with his +7 rating. The second line has been anchored by Evgeni Malkin who owns a shot percentage of 12.3%, pretty good for two guys who are both in the top 25 in shots per game.  This is a big factor in determining rankings because for betting purposes we want a team the is going to create multiple offensive chances.  The only negative with Pittsburgh is because of their octane approach it puts pressure on their goaltenders because they give up a lot of shots per game. 

Coming in at number two is the surprising Philadelphia Flyers who are 16-10-3. The Flyers are 5th in shots per game (31.9) and are third in goals per game. A significant number because it shows that they are not only getting plenty of scoring chances but they are high-quality opportunities. 

In at number three is the San Jose Sharks (15-10-1). The Sharks are led by the strength of their defensive pairings and goaltender Martin Jones. As long as San Jones barely gives up two goals a game they will certainly be a betting option. 

Tonight we look to the West Coast for our selection as the Anaheim Ducks host their in-state rival San Jose Sharks. The Ducks opened at -115 but the landslide of money quickly came in on the Sharks driving San Jose to a -120 favorite in one spot. This is a bit of a contradiction to the power ratings but there are times when you have to use your head. This is not a spot where I like the Sharks and their anemic offense to thrive. 

Free NHL Pick: Anaheim Ducks +110 Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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