NHL Picks: Bet Arizona Coyotes +175 Over Anaheim Ducks at "The Pond"

Joe Catalano

Monday, November 9, 2015 3:01 PM UTC

Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 3:01 PM UTC

It's very rare when you get just one NHL game for the day, but tonight, we have just 1 game as the Arizona Coyotes visiting the Anaheim Ducks. Check our NHL pick inside.

Face-off is set for 10:00 p.m. EST tonight at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. This actually benefits the bettor who is betting on the Monday Night Football game and is dissatisfied with the outcome of the football game as of that point as it is a somewhat tough matchup. Point being, it provides another chance to make a profit. 

According to 5Dimes, the Ducks still get the respect off of from their past history as they're a -190 betting favorite and the total for the game is listed at 5 goals on the NHL odds board. The question here is are the Ducks a good fade at this price? They certainly haven't played up to expectations and haven't been any better than Arizona.


Starting Goalies
For a late game such as this, I figured that there would be no confirmation as to who would be in net, but that's not the case for the Coyotes as it's confirmed that Anders Lindback will be starting tonight and although unconfirmed, we'll have to assume that Frederik Andersen will be between the pipes for the Ducks.

Lindback has only started 4 games this season, but he's certainly the player that Arizona wants in goal as he possesses a 1.67 GAA and  .933 SV% as opposed to their regular starter, Mike Smith, who has been having a tough time this season. Anaheim only averages 1.5 goals per game and this could be a fantastic spot for Lindback at a price such as this.


Scoring Drought
Anaheim's defense isn't the problem as they rank 6th in goals against and are the best team in the league on the power play. This is certainly indicative where Frederik Andersen's resume is concern. He's just 3-5-2  but has a 2.03 GAA and a whopping .935 SV%. This tells the bettor that Andersen has been seeing a ton of shots and most of the action has been in the Ducks zone. 

We are 14 games into the season and not one Duck has more than 2 goals. Corey Perry leads the team with 2 goals and 8 assists and is one of the go to guys on this team, but they certainly have gotten off to a very slow start offensively. Perry is 2nd on the team in SOG with 31 and leads the team in penalty minutes at 19. This was expected as he's one of the best players on the team, but he can't do it by himself.


Welcome Back!
The Ducks have really missed centerman, Ryan Getzlaf, who had missed four games due to injury as Getzlaf is usually the teams leader in point production. Upon his return, Getzlaf hasn't disappointed as he has 4 assists in 2 games. With Ryan Getzlaf in the lineup, this team has a different complexion.

The Coyotes might give the Ducks offense a boost as they allow 2.9 goals per game, but with Lindback in goal, that could be a tall order.


Goals Galore
Arizona on the other hand, has no trouble lighting the lamp as they possess 4 players with 4 goals or more and their leading scorer, Martin Hanzal, has been a fantastic setup man with 12 assists and a +5 on the season.

Max Domi (5 goals, 6 assists) has been a beast early in the season and especially on the road as he has 3 goals and 5 assists in 7 games on the road and has a goal and an assist in his one meeting with Anaheim. Look for Domi to be a major factor in this game.

My NHL pick will be Arizona in this matchup. I like the change to Lindback in net and the Ducks simply can't put the puck in the net.

NHL Pick: Coyotes +175 at 5Dimes

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