Arizona Coyotes at Anaheim Ducks

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In a Western Division matchup between a couple of teams that have each lost four in a row, the Anaheim Ducks play host to the Arizona Coyotes.

The Coyotes have lost four in a row where to say their offense struggled would be an understatement. In that span they only scored two goals and in losing three in a row, all on the road, to the Minnesota Wild they only scored one goal. Arizona ranks 26th in the league in goals per game (2.36) and they are in sixth place in the West six points clear of the Ducks, who are in the basement of the division.

While the Ducks have also lost four in a row it is their defense that has killed them. They gave up a season-high eight goals in their last game and in their four-game skid have given up an average of 5.5 goals. They did score four goals in the last game after only scoring two in their previous three games. The Ducks are tied with the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators for the second-fewest points in the NHL. Not surprising since Anaheim ranks 30th in the league in goals per game (2.20) and 27th in goals against per game (3.37).

Shutout, Again

In their last game, the Coyotes were shut out for the second time in three games in a 3-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild. While the team had more shots (31-27) and stopped all three of Minnesota’s power-play chances they were 0-4 on the power play and gave up two goals in the third period. Adin Hill (1-3=0 2.73 GAA) took the loss stopping 23 of 26 shots and he has given up three goals in each of his last three starts. He will likely get the start in this game with Darcy Krumper Out and Antti Raanta banged up.

Phil Kessel and Christian Dvorak are tied for the team lead with nine goals apiece. In the last five games, Kessel has a goal and an assist and Dvorak has not registered a point. Conor Garland leads the club with 22 assists (8 goals 14 assists) and he has also not registered a point in his last five games. On the season the Coyotes are 5-6-1 on the road.

Looked Good, Looked Very Bad

The Ducks were on the road in their last game losing to the Colorado Avalanche 8-4 where they had a 4-2 lead after the first quarter but then gave up six unanswered goals. Adam Henrique had a goal and two assists and Troy Terry had a goal and an assist in the losing effort.

Ryan Miller took the bad loss being left in for almost all of the game and he gave up seven goals on 35 shots and gave up seven goals in his previous two starts. He will probably get the call again with #1 G John Gibson (6-12-5 3.11 GAA) out with a lower-body injury.

The Ducks “attack” is led by Max Comtois with nine goals and no other player has more than seven goals. He and Rickard Rakell lead the team with 22 points and Rakell has gone point-less in the last four games. This season the Ducks have the second-fewest home wins in the league and are 4-10-3 on home ice.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet

While the Coyotes are 5-2 in their last seven games against the Ducks, overall, they have lost seven of their last nine games facing them in Anaheim. Look for that last trend to continue, as while each team has lost four in a row at least the Ducks scored four goals in their last game. The Arizona offense has been shut out in two of their last three games and I do not see a shutout in this game their offense will not suddenly catch fire. The Ducks will get the win and end their skid while extending the Coyotes losing streak to five games.

Ducks +115

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Full-Game Total Pick

If you look at the head to head total the Over would seem to bet the pick for this game but that is not the case. The Coyotes have scored one goal in their last three games and two in their last four games. The Ducks had been clipped only scoring two goals in three games before scoring four in their last game while giving up eight. The Anaheim defense has been lit up as of late but they will calm down facing Arizona. In a game between two teams that have had issues scoring the puck this season the Under is the call.

Under 5.5 goals