The Edmonton Oilers (17-15-1) travel to face off against the Anaheim Ducks (13-22-0) on Sunday, December 31st. This game will be played at Honda Center in Anaheim. The Oilers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Ducks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Coyotes. Puck drop is set for 8:00 ET.
Edmonton Oilers vs Anaheim Ducks
The Edmonton Oilers Are Coming Off A Win
Facing the Ducks, the Oilers have a record of 17-15-1 so far. At home, their record is 9-6-1 and 8-9-0 on the road. In the Western Pacific division, they are currently 5th, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 12th. Edmonton comes in with 12 wins with a margin of more than one goal this season and lost 12 games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line performance is 14-19.
The Oilers recently played against the Kings and secured a win with a score of 3-2. On the offensive front, the Oilers failed to score in the first or third periods against the Kings, but they found the net two times in the second period. Of Edmonton’s three goals, one were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 26 shots on goal and six giveaways.
Going into the game, Edmonton was the underdog, giving them a win vs. the puck line. With a combined total of 5 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.5.
The Anaheim Ducks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Coming into their game vs. Oilers, the Ducks have a 13-22-0 record. They hold a 6-13-0 record when playing at home, and they have gone 7-9-0 on the road. This record has them sitting 7th in the Western Pacific division and 14th in the Western conference. Anaheim heads into the game with six wins by more than one goal, and lost 13 games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record this season is 20-15.
The Ducks aim to bounce back following their 2-0 loss at home to the Coyotes. In this game, Anaheim’s offense had a challenging time against the Coyotes and failed to score. The Ducks’ offense finished with 9 giveaways and attempted 28 shots on goal during the game.
As the underdog, Anaheim suffered both a straight-up and loss vs. the puck line. The game ended below the over/under line of 6, with a combined total of 2 goals.
Edmonton Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Oilers are averaging 3.5 goals per game this season, putting them in the 15th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 10th in the league. In terms of the Oilers’ offense during power plays, they are 10th in power play goals and 13th in shorthanded goals.
The Oilers come in with an over/under record of 16-14-3. Over the season, there have been 19 games that have surpassed the 6.5 over/under line. Their games, on average, are at 6.8 goals per game.
Anaheim Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Ducks have an average of 2.6 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 29th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 25th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Ducks offense is 18th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 15th in the NHL.
This season, the Ducks’ have an over/under record of 15-18-2. Throughout the season, they have played 20 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 5.9 goals per game.
Edmonton Team Defense
Edmonton defense takes on the Ducks ranked 31st in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 28.1 shots per game against Edmonton. They alsso are 12th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.
Anaheim Team Defense
The Ducks’ defense comes into the game with a ranking of 24th in takeaways and an average of 5.9 takeaways per contest. They hold 12th place in the NHL for goals allowed, with an average of 3.1 goals given up per game.
Oilers vs Ducks Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, Edmonton has an puck line record of 4-1 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 4-1 overall in these games.
- Although Anaheim has a straight up record of 3-7 in their last ten home games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 5-5. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Ducks have gone 6-4 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 3-7.
- The last three games that Edmonton was favored, they have an puck line mark of 1-2 while going 1-2 straight up.
For those seeking a straight moneyline bet, the Oilers are the top choice. Nonetheless, with a payout of -230, you might want to use this bet as a part of a parlay to get better odds.
My recommended pick for the puck line is to take the Ducks to cover. Even if the Oilers 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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