The Anaheim Ducks (15-27-1) travel to face off against the Washington Capitals (20-15-6) on Tuesday, January 16th. This game will be played at Capital One Arena in Washington and televised on ESPN+. The Ducks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Capitals are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Rangers. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Anaheim Ducks vs Washington Capitals
The Anaheim Ducks Are Coming Off A Win
On the season, the Ducks are 15-27-1 and sit in 7th place in the Pacific Division and 14th in the Western Conference. In their last ten games, Anaheim has gone just 3-7 and have lost three straight games when they have been favored.
When playing on the road this year, the Ducks have gone 9-11-0, and they have been the underdog in 39 of their 43 games this season. Against Western Conference teams, Anaheim has gone 7-16 for the season.
On the road this season, the Ducks have gone 12-8 vs. the puck line. Overall, their puck line record is 24-19, and they have 17 losses by multiple goals.
Over their last 10 games, Anaheim’s puck line record is 5-5, and they have gone 3-2 against the puck line in their last five road games. As the underdog, the Ducks have a puck line record of 23-16.
The Ducks are coming off a 5-4 road win over the Panthers. Throughout the game against the Panthers, Ducks’ offense managed to score in every single period. In the game, the Anaheim offense scored one time while short-handed and taking a total of 26 shots on goal.
Anaheim was the underdog going into the game and picked up a win against the puck line. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals, with a combined total of 9 goals.
The Washington Capitals Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
At the midway point of the season, the Capitals are sitting in 12th place in the Eastern Conference and 7th in the Metropolitan Division. Overall, Washington has a record of 20-15-6, which gives them 46 points.
Over their last ten games, the Capitals have gone just 3-7 and have dropped two of their last three contests. At home this year, Washington has gone 11-7-4, and they have been the favorite in 12 of their 41 games.
Washington comes into this game with a puck line record of 18-23 and an average scoring margin of -.6 goals per game. So far, the Capitals have 13 losses by more than one goal and have gone 2-10 against the puck line as the favorite.
When playing at home, Washington has a puck line record of 9-13 and an average scoring margin of -.5 goals per game. Over their last ten games at home, the Capitals have gone just 5-5 against the puck line.
In their most recent game, the Capitals fell to the Rangers on the road by a score of 2-1. The Capitals couldn’t find the net offensively in the first or third periods against the Rangers, but they did score one time in the second period. Against New York, Washington’s offense scored their only goal at even strength. They recorded 25 shots on goal overall.
Despite the defeat, Washington managed to cover the puck line, going into the game as the underdogs. The over/under line for the game was 6, and it concluded with a combined total of 3 goals.
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 27th in the league. The Anaheim offense is ranked 20th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 10th in the NHL.
The Ducks have posted an over/under record of 19-22-2 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.
Washington Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Capitals come in averaging 2.3 goals per game this season, which is 31st in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 30th in the league. The Washington offense is ranked 32nd in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 30th in the NHL.
This season, the Capitals’ have an over/under record of 15-25-1. Throughout the season, they have played 24 games that did not exceed the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 5.5 goals per game.
Anaheim Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Ducks’ defense is 24th in takeaways at 6 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.3 goals per game which is 5th in the NHL.
Washington Team Defense
The Capitals defense is currently 21st in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.9 shots per game against Washington. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 24th with 2 shutouts.
Ducks vs Capitals Trends
- Although Anaheim has a straight up record of 4-6 in their last ten road games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 6-4. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.
- Although Washington has a straight up record of 2-3 in their last five home games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 2-3. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Capitals have gone 5-5 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 3-7.
- Spanning across their last three games as the betting favorite, the Ducks have gone 0-3 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 0-3.
For those seeking a straight moneyline bet, the Capitals are the top choice. Nonetheless, with a payout of -203, you might want to use this bet as a part of a parlay to get better odds.
If you’re looking for my recommendation on the puck line, I suggest taking the Ducks to cover. Even if the Capitals manage to win outright, this game is expected to remain competitive, and the Ducks should cover the puck line.
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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