The Anaheim Ducks (10-18-0) travel to face off against the New York Rangers (19-7-1) on Friday, December 15th. This game will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York. Both the Ducks and Rangers will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 ET.
Anaheim Ducks vs New York Rangers
The Anaheim Ducks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In today’s game, the Ducks will be looking to break out of a four game losing streak. Currently, their record is 10-18-0 which comprises of going 5-10-0 at home and 5-8-0 on the road. In the Western Pacific division, they are currently 8th, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 15th. This season, Anaheim’s average scoring margin is -0.8, which has their puck line record at 16-12. Their average home scoring margin is -0.5, and in road games, it stands at -1.1.
The Ducks aim to bounce back following their 4-3 loss on the road to the Islanders. In the opening period, the Ducks couldn’t find the net on offense, but they rebounded with two times in the second period and one goal in the third. Of Anaheim’s three goals, one came while in power play. They ended the game with 24 shots on goal and had five giveaways.
Although they didn’t win, Anaheim did cover the puck line as the underdogs in the game. With a combined total of 7 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6 goals set for the game.
The New York Rangers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
This season, the Rangers have an overall record of 19-7-1. On the road, New York holds a 10-4-1 mark, and they are 9-3-0 when playing at home. At the moment, they hold the 1st spot in the Eastern Metropolitan division and are ranked 2nd in the Eastern conference. New York has 10 wins by more than one goals and dropped seven games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record is 12-15 this season.
After suffering a 7-3 loss at home to the Maple Leafs, the Rangers are looking to bounce back today. Offensively, the Rangers registered one goal during the first period and two times in the second period. Of New York’s three goals, one came while in power play. They ended the game with 31 shots on goal and had 13 giveaways.
New York went into the game favored by -1.5, giving them a loss vs. the puck line. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals, with a combined total of 10 goals.
Anaheim Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Ducks are averaging 2.6 goals per game which is 29th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 24th in the league. This season, the Ducks are 2-9 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 7-6 record.
The Ducks have posted an over/under record of 13-14-1 so far this season. During last season, they participated in 30 games that did not exceed the over/under line set at 6. On average, their games had 6.7 goals per game.
New York Offense Breakdown
Offensively, the Rangers come into the game at 3.3 goals per contest placing 16th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 26th position in the league. In terms of the Rangers’ offense during power plays, they are 7th in power play goals and 22nd in shorthanded goals.
This season, the Rangers’ have an over/under record of 12-14-1. Throughout the season, they have played 13 games that did not exceed the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.2 goals per game.
Anaheim Team Defense
Entering the game, the Ducks’ defense ranks 22nd in takeaways, averaging 6.2 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 16th in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.2 goals per game.
New York Team Defense
Defensively, the Rangers are currently 25th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.7 shots per game against New York. They also are 11th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Ducks vs Rangers Trends
- In their last three road games, Anaheim has averaged 1 goals per game while allowing 2. The team’s record in this stretch was 0-3 while going 2-1.
- Across their ten previous home games, New York has an puck line mark of 4-6. Their straight up record in these matchups was 6-4 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- Through their last five games as the underdog, the Rangers have an puck line record of 4-1 and a straight up mark of 3-2.
- The last five games that Anaheim was favored, they have an puck line mark of 2-3 while going 2-3 straight up.
If you’re looking for a straight moneyline bet, then the Rangers are the way to go. However, with a payout of -289, 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 Rangers win straight-up, this one should be close throughout and the Ducks should cover the puck line.
With an over/under line sitting at 6 goals, we like this game to surpass that mark and recommend getting a bet down on the over.
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