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The Anaheim Ducks will travel to the Gila River Arena on Tuesday night to take on the Arizona Coyotes for the first time this season. The Ducks (2-2-2) are struggling but are coming into this game off a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday in a game they never trailed in. The Coyotes (2-3-1) are sitting at the bottom of the West Division and are struggling and are coming off a heart-breaking loss on Sunday to the Vegas Golden Knights 1-0 when they allowed the game-deciding goal with less than a minute left in the game for their third loss in four games.
These teams both need a win to get going after stuttering to begin their respective seasons. Let’s take a deeper dive into the matchup and decide whether we should be placing our wagers on Anaheim or Arizona in this matchup.
Garland Needs to Lead
The Anaheim Ducks need something to get them going as they are stagnant to begin the season and right winger Conor Garland should be able to provide that spark. With the injuries to Brendan Guhle and John Manson, there has been some inconsistency going on. Garland has the team lead with six points (two goals, four assists) this season and has failed to finish with any points in three of the last four games he played. In the last game against the Vegas Golden Knights, he was brutal as he finished without any points and only attempted one shot in 17:47 on the ice. Garland has shown the ability to be a good player and it’ll be a chance for him to get going as the Coyotes defense is allowing a decent amount of goals this season.
John Gibson has been the starting goalie for the Ducks this season as he played in all but one game. Gibson has not been iffy as he is 2-1-2 to begin the year, but allowing his team to get points in the standings. In his last game against the Avalanche, he allowed one goal on 33 shots against a good all-around team. On the season, he allowed 10 goals on 160 shots but the defense around him hasn’t allowed many shot attempts. Arizona has scored 17 goals this season, which is 16th in the league. They have given up only two power play goals so they have proven to be able to kill power play opportunities. The Coyotes have shown the ability to score so this will be what to watch throughout the game.
Rowney Needs to Get Rowdy
The Arizona Coyotes need something to get them going as they are struggling to begin the season and right winger Carter Rowney should be able to provide that spark. With the injuries to Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Barrett Hayton, there has been some flexibility to the lines. Rowney has the team lead with four points (zero goals, four assists) this season and has recorded at least one point in three of the last four games he played. In the last game against the Colorado Avalanche, he had a decent game as he finished with an assist and did not attempt a shot in 17:47 on the ice. Rowney has shown the ability to be a great passer and it’ll be a strength against strength as the defense for the Ducks is one of the best in the league.
Darcy Kuemper has been the starter for the Coyotes this season as he played in all but one game this season. Kuemper has not been able to pick up wins as he is 1-3-1 to begin the year. In his last game against the Golden Knights, he allowed one goal on 27 shots against one of the better teams. On the season, he allowed 14 goals in 149 shots but the defense around him is extremely talented. Anaheim has scored 11 goals this season, which is 26th in the league. They have given up more than league average in power play goals (5) and goals (18), so this goaltending could be an issue as the games continue. Anaheim isn’t a huge threat to put up a crooked number so this should be a time to get rolling as a defense.
Arizona: 9-4 in their last 13 games
Anaheim: 20-42 in their last 62 road games
Anaheim: 6-22 in their last 28 games following a win
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Arizona has the advantage as they do not have to travel for this game as it is the second half of their four-game home stand. Anaheim has been brutal on the road and has trouble winning back-to-back games. The Coyotes have been winning a lot more recently and Gibson isn’t a huge threat in the goal to go against. Rowney is Anaheim’s best player and he is yet to score a goal this season. Go with the Coyotes to win, but if you are looking at a moneyline pick then go with the Ducks.
Full-Game Total Pick
The teams aren’t scoring a lot of goals if you look at their averages (Anaheim 1.83 goals per game, Arizona 2.83 goals per game) but there are some reasons why the over is the best play. The Coyotes are struggling to kill the power play opportunities as they have allowed five already. The Ducks have been solid on the defensive side, allowing six goals in their last five games, but the unfamiliarity should be able to benefit the total. Go with the OVER as it hit in five of the last games for the Ducks when a road underdog and it hit eight of the last nine games overall for the Coyotes.