The Anaheim Ducks (11-19-0) travel to face off against the Detroit Red Wings (15-11-4) on Monday, December 18th. This game will be played at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The Ducks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Red Wings are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Flyers. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Anaheim Ducks vs Detroit Red Wings
The Anaheim Ducks Are Coming Off A Win
This season, the Ducks have an overall record of 11-19-0. On the road, Anaheim holds a 6-9-0 mark, and they are 5-10-0 when playing at home. Their current record places them 7th in the Western Pacific division and 14th in the Western conference. Anaheim’s average scoring margin this season is -0.7, leading to an overall puck line record of 17-13. At their home arena, they have a scoring margin of -0.5, while on the road, it is -0.9.
Facing the Devils in their last game, the Ducks won by a score of 5-1. On offense, the Ducks were held scoreless in the first period, but found the net two times in the second period and ended with three goals in the third. Anaheim’s offense came up with one power-play goals and added one when shorthanded. They wrapped up the game with 28 shots on goal.
Entering the game as the underdog, Anaheim came away with a victory against the puck line. The game ended below the over/under line of 6.5, with a combined total of 6 goals.
The Detroit Red Wings Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Detroit will be looking to snap their current two game home losing streak in today’s game vs. the Ducks. Overall, they are sitting at 15-11-4 this season. At the moment, they hold the 4th spot in the Eastern Atlantic division and are ranked 9th in the Eastern conference. This season, Detroit’s average scoring margin is +.4, which has their puck line record at 19-11. Their average home scoring margin is +.5, and in road games, it stands at +.3.
The Red Wings aim to bounce back following their 1-0 loss on the road to the Flyers. Detroit’s offense struggled vs. the Flyers, failing to come up with a goal in the game. The Red Wings’ offense finished with 8 giveaways and attempted 33 shots on goal during the game.
Despite the loss, Detroit did cover the puck line, as they went into the game as the underdog. Combining for 1 goal, the game finished below the over/under line of 6.
Anaheim Offense Breakdown
The Ducks come into the game scoring an average of 2.6 goals per game, putting them 29th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 25th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Ducks offense is 17th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 13th in the NHL.
The Ducks’ over/under record this season is 13-15-2. For the season, they have had 17 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging 6.1 goals per game.
Detroit Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Red Wings come in averaging 3.6 goals per game this season, which is 4th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 19th in the league. This season, the Red Wings are 7-2 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 8-7 record.
For the season, the over/under record of the Red Wings’ stands at 17-13-0. They have had 17 games during the season that exceeded the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.7 goals per game.
Anaheim Team Defense
The Ducks’ defense comes into the game with a ranking of 23rd in takeaways and an average of 6.1 takeaways per contest. They hold 14th place in the NHL for goals allowed, with an average of 3.2 goals given up per game.
Detroit Team Defense
The Red Wings defense is currently 13th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 31.5 shots per game against Detroit. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 12th with 2 shutouts.
Ducks vs Red Wings Trends
- In their last ten games away from home, the Ducks have a straight up record of 3-7 while going 5-5 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 2 goals per game in these contests.
- In their last three home games, Detroit has averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 3. The team’s record in this stretch was 1-2 while going 2-1.
- Going back to their previous three games as the underdog, Detroit has an puck line mark of 3-0 while going 1-2 straight up.
- As the betting favorite, the Ducks have an puck line mark of just 3-7 in their last ten games. Anaheim posted a straight up mark of 6-4 in these matchups.
If you’re looking for a straight moneyline bet, then the Red Wings are the way to go. However, with a payout of -211, you might consider using this bet as a leg of a parlay.
My recommended pick for the puck line is to take the Ducks to cover. Even if the Red Wings win straight-up, this one should be close throughout and the Ducks should cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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