The Anaheim Ducks, who sit comfortably on top of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the NHL, are coming off of two disappointing losses. The Ducks look to redeem themselves tonight at the Pond as they face a Carolina Hurricanes team that averages a mere 2 goals per game. Anaheim is a massive betting favorite. Are the Hurricanes a good fade?
Ice time is set for 10:00 pm ET tonight at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. According to 5Dimes Sportsbook, the Ducks are a massive -230 betting favorite and the total for the game is listed at 5 goals on our NHL odds.
As stated earlier, the Ducks have flopped in their last two games, but face a Carolina team that is just 6-17-3 on the road. The only thing that can be said to back Carolina up in a spot like this is that they're a very respectable 5-3-2 in their last 10 games, but will it be enough against the "Mighty Ducks" of Anaheim?
We have no confirmation of who will be in net as of yet as this is the last game of the night. Frederik Andersen should be in net for the Ducks as he's been one of the best goalies in the NHL all season, sporting a 27-7-5 mark with a 2.27 GAA. Andersen is coming off of a loss to a very good Chicago Blackhawks team in which he allowed 4 goals on 33 shots, but tonight, he'll find himself in a much better spot against a bottom-feeder. The odds are risky, but Andersen has answered the call all season long.
For the Hurricanes, Anton Khudobin (6-8-2) is expected between the pipes and he's played really well with a 2.41 GAA and .914 SV%. Unfortunately for Khudobin, his record doesn't reflect excellence due to the fact that he's on a team that doesn't provide enough offense for him to win consistently. Eric Staal leads the Canes with a mere 30 points.
The Hurricanes are coming off of a 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Rick Nash got off to an early start, putting the Rangers on top and Henrik Lundqivst shut the door on the Hurricanes chances as he stopped 31 of 32 shots on goal. The Hurricanes can only hope that the Ducks continue to play poorly, but they're going to need some offense to win this game.
An Unlikely Source of Offense
Center, Brad Malone, who likes to mix it up, has also been an offensive force as of late as he scored the Hurricanes lone goal against the Rangers. He only has 7 points in 38 games this season, but Malone has managed 3 goals and 1 assist in his last 5 games and could carry some momentum coming into this game.
The Canes will also look for help from leading assistman, defenseman, Justin Faulk. Along with logging a lot of icetime, Faulk has 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 4 games. He also leads the team with 19 assists and could possibly be a factor on the offensive end if Frederick Andersen is off of his game.
The Ducks strength is their goalie and ability to score the timely goal as this is an offense that ranks in the middle of the pack in the NHL in most offensive categories. That said, they have 5 players in double figure goals led by Matt Beleskey with 19 goals. While Beleskey knows how to light the lamp, he's not much of a puck distributor, but his plus/minus differential is very solid at +11.
Better To Give Than To Receive
Leading scorer, Ryan Getzlaf, is the unselfish one of the bunch as he has an eye-popping 35 assists to go along with 15 goals in just 49 games. The Ducks have to be a bit concerned as Getzlaf has been held scoreless in his last 3 games and Getzlaf would like to get back on track before the Ducks pending road trip.
The odds are a bit unappealing for a team that's lost 2 consecutive games, but the Ducks are one of the best teams in the NHL and in a perfect spot in what should be a low-scoring game. Back the Ducks with your NHL picks.
NHL Pick- Anaheim -230 at 5Dimes