The Anaheim Ducks (14-26-1) travel to face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning (21-17-5) on Saturday, January 13th. This game will be played at Amalie Arena in Tampa and televised on ESPN+. The Lightning are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Ducks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Hurricanes. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Anaheim Ducks vs Tampa Bay Lightning
The Anaheim Ducks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Heading into the game, the Ducks sit 14th in the Western Conference standings with a record of 14-26-1. In the Pacific Division, Anaheim is 7th and has gone 3-7 against divisional opponents this season.
On the road, the Ducks have gone 8-10-0 this season and have been the underdog in 37 of their 41 games. Over their last ten games, Anaheim has gone just 2-8 and has lost three straight games when favored.
On the season, the Ducks have gone 23-18 against the puck line, including a road puck line record of 11-7. So far, they have won seven games by multiple goals and 16 by just one goal.
Over their last ten games, the Ducks have gone just 5-5 against the puck line, and they are 2-1 against the puck line in their last three road games. Overall, the team’s average scoring margin is -.8 goals per game.
In their most recent game, the Ducks fell to the Hurricanes on the road by a score of 6-3. Offensively, the Ducks did not score in the first or third periods vs. the Hurricanes but found the net three times in the second period. Of Anaheim’s three goals, one came while in power play. They ended the game with 16 shots on goal and had two giveaways.
As the underdog, Anaheim suffered both a straight-up and loss vs. the puck line. The combined total of 9 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals for the game.
The Tampa Bay Lightning Are Coming Off A Win
Heading into tonight’s game, the Lightning are 8th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 21-17-5. In the Atlantic Division, they are in 4th place. Over their last ten games, they have gone 6-4, and they have won their last three games as the favorite.
At home this season, the Lightning have gone 13-5-3, and they have won three straight games at home. As the favorite, they have gone 13-8-1 this season.
So far this season, the Lightning have gone 20-23 against the puck line, including going 3-7 in their last ten games. Overall, Tampa Bay has 13 wins by multiple goals compared to just 8 wins by one goal. At home, the Lightning have gone 12-9 vs. the puck line and have a scoring margin of +.7 goals per game.
As the favorite, Tampa Bay has gone just 7-15 vs. the puck line and has a scoring margin of +.3 goals per game. In their last five games, the Lightning have gone 2-3 vs. the puck line and have gone 5-5 vs. the puck line in their last ten home games.
Facing the Devils in their last game, the Lightning won by a score of 4-3. Offensively, the Lightning registered two goals during the first period and one time in the second period. The Tampa Bay offense recorded 20 shots on goal and successfully netted one time while short-handed during the game.
Despite the straight-up win, Tampa Bay did not cover the puck line, as they were favored by -1.5. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals, with a combined total of 7 goals.
Anaheim Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Ducks are averaging 2.5 goals per game which is 29th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 26th in the league. In terms of the Ducks’ offense during power plays, they are 19th in power play goals and 12th in shorthanded goals.
The Ducks come in with an over/under record of 18-21-2. Over the course of the season, they have had 19 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6 per game.
Tampa Bay Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Lightning come in averaging 3.3 goals per game this season, which is 6th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 13th in the league. The Tampa Bay offense is ranked 3rd in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 31st in the NHL.
This season, the over/under record for the Lightning’s is 19-20-4. Over the course of the season, they have had 21 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6. On average, their games are averaging 6.7 goals per game.
Anaheim Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Ducks’ defense is 23rd in takeaways at 6.1 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.2 goals per game which is 6th in the NHL.
Tampa Bay Team Defense
Tampa Bay defense takes on the Ducks ranked 11th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30 shots per game against Tampa Bay. They also are 5th in shutouts, with 3 shutouts.
Ducks vs Lightning Trends
- When looking at their past three road matchups, Anaheim has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 4 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.
- In their last five games at home, the Lightning have a straight up record of 3-2 while going 2-3 vs the spread. The team averaged 2 goals per game in this stretch.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the underdog, Tampa Bay has an puck line mark of 4-6 while going 3-7 straight up.
- Going back to their previous three games as the favorite, Anaheim has an puck line mark of 0-3 while going 0-3 straight up.
When thinking about a moneyline wager in this game, our evaluation indicates that the Lightning will take down the Ducks. Nonetheless, given the current odds of -275, I’d recommend getting bet down on the puck line instead, as our predictions point to the Lightning winning by more than one goal.
When making a puck line pick, we’re backing the Lightning to win and cover. Watch for the Lightning to win this game by multiple goals over the Ducks.
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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