The Anaheim Ducks (16-31-2) travel to face off against the Minnesota Wild (21-22-5) on Saturday, January 27th. This game will be played at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul and televised on ESPN+. Both the Ducks and Wild will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 9:00 ET.
Ducks vs Wild
The Anaheim Ducks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
On the season, the Ducks have struggled, sitting in 14th place in the Western Conference with a record of 16-31-2. In the Pacific Division, Anaheim is in 7th place with a record of 3-8.
Over their last ten games, the Ducks have gone just 3-7 and have dropped four straight games in which they were favored. On the road, Anaheim has gone 9-14-1 this season and have lost three straight games.
So far this season, the Ducks have gone 26-22 against the puck line, including a road puck line record of 13-10. Across their last ten games, they have gone just 5-5 vs. the puck line.
When looking at their entire season, the Ducks have 20 losses by multiple goals and have gone 25-18 against the puck line as the underdog. Their average scoring margin for the season is -.9 goals per game.
Coming off a 4-3 loss on the road to the Stars, the Ducks are hoping to bounce back today. Offensively, the Ducks’ offense scored in each period against the Stars. In the game, Anaheim managed to score all three goals at even strength. They concluded with 21 shots on goal and committed 5 turnovers.
Despite the loss, Anaheim did cover the puck line, as they went into the game as the underdog. The combined total of 7 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals for the game.
The Minnesota Wild Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
At home this season, the Wild have gone 12-10-3, and they have been favored in 21 of their 48 games. In the Western Conference, Minnesota is currently in 13th place and 7th in the Central Division. Overall, the Wild have a record of 21-22-5.
Over their last 10 games, Minnesota has gone 4-6, and they have won two straight games as the underdog. In the conference, the Wild have gone 8-12, and they have been favored in 14 of their 21 wins this season.
Minnesota enters the game with an overall puck line record of 25-23. So far this year, the Wild have gone 12-13 against the puck line at home. Overall, the team’s average scoring margin is -.3 goals per game.
So far, Minnesota has been the favorite in 21 games, going 9-12 against the puck line in those contests. In their last ten games at home, the Wild have gone 5-5 against the puck line.
After suffering a 3-2 loss at home to the Predators, the Wild are looking to bounce back today. During the first period, the Wild started slow, but they turned things around by scoring one time in the second period and one goal in the third. Their two goals came during a power play situation. In total, they took 24 shots on goal and had 8 giveaways.
Minnesota went into the game favored by -1.5, giving them a loss vs. the puck line. The over/under line for the game was 6, and it concluded with a combined total of 5 goals.
Anaheim Offense Breakdown
The Ducks come into the game scoring an average of 2.5 goals per game, putting them 29th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 25th in the league. Anaheim’s offense is currently ranked 21st in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 12th in the league.
For the season, the over/under record of the Ducks’ stands at 22-23-3. They have had 22 games during the season that exceeded the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6 goals per game.
Wild Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Wild are scoring an 3 goals per game this season, ranking 19th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 20th in the league. Coming into the game, the Wild have a 12-8 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 9-14.
The Wild come in with an over/under record of 24-20-4. Over the season, there have been 25 games that have surpassed the 6 over/under line. Their games, on average, are at 6.5 goals per game.
Anaheim Team Defense
The Ducks’ defense comes into the game with a ranking of 25th in takeaways and an average of 6.1 takeaways per contest. They hold 6th place in the NHL for goals allowed, with an average of 3.2 goals given up per game.
Minnesota Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Wild head into the game ranked 13th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.5 shots per game against Minnesota. So far, they are 14th in shutouts, achieving 3 shutouts.
Ducks vs Wild Trends
- Across their three previous road games, Anaheim has an puck line mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 0-3 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- Minnesota has played well in their previous three home games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 4 goals per game while allowing 2. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Wild have gone 4-6 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 2-8.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Ducks have gone 3-7 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 5-5.
If you’re searching for a moneyline bet in this matchup, our analysis favors the Wild as the likely winner. Nevertheless, considering the current odds at -221, I’d suggest exploring the puc line bet, as our projections indicate the Wild winning by more than a single goal.
When making a puck line pick, we’re backing the Wild to win and cover. Watch for the Wild to win this game by multiple goals over the Ducks.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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