Vegas Golden Knights at Anaheim Ducks

 

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Vegas has had each of its last two games postponed, but the Golden Knights are at the top of the West division at 11-4-1 and 23 points, one point ahead of 2nd Place St Louis and two points ahead of both the Los Angeles Kings and Arizona Coyotes. Vegas defeated Colorado 3-0 in its most recent outing before having two games postponed. The goaltending continues to be the shining star on a very talented Vegas squad, as the Golden Knights are allowing only 2.06 goals-per-game.

Anaheim continues to struggle as the Ducks have lost 5 straight and six of the last seven. Anaheim is in last place West division at 6-10-4 and 16 points. Anaheim is seven points behind first place Vegas. The Ducks problem is in the attack zone as Anaheim is scoring an average of only 1.95 goals-per-game and the power play has nearly disappeared as Anaheim is scoring only 10.6% of the time with the man advantage.

Vegas Goaltending Key to Golden Knights Success

The Vegas Golden Knights blue line allows only 2.06 goals-per-game thanks to one of the best goalie tandems in all of the NHL. Marc-Andre Fleury has taken over as the No. 1 goalie and is 8-3-0 with a 1.55 goals-against-average and .942 save percentage. Fleury has already posted three shutouts in just 11 appearances and has allowed 17 goals. Not to be overlooked is Robin Lehner, who is 3-1-1 with a 2.96 goals-against average and .889 save percentage, but is currently out injured. Vegas is above-average in penalty kill at 87.2% of the time when shorthanded.

Vegas is scoring an average of 3.00 goals per game, led by Max Pacioretty who has a team-high eight goals, while Mark Stone is leading the Golden Knights in assists with 13 and in points with 17. Alex Tuch is second in goals scored with seven, while Jonathan Marchessault is third with six goals scored. Vegas has had its problems on the power play as the Golden Knights are scoring only 19.2% of the time with the man advantage. As a team, Vegas has scored only 10 Power Play Goals.

Injury Report: Robert Lehner, Brayden McNabb and Jiri Patera are all out indefinitely.

Anaheim’s Offense lacks punch

Anaheim is scoring only 1.95 goals-per-game. The leading goal scorer for Anaheim is Max Comtois with eight, and the next highest goal scorer is Jakob Silfverberg with four. Cam Fowler is the leader in assists for Anaheim with seven, while Ryan Getzlaf, Rikard Rakell and Carter Rowney each have six assists. Comtois is the leader in overall points with 13 while Fowler is second with nine points. Anaheim also has problems on the power play as the Ducks have scored just five goals with the man advantage and are scoring only 10.6% of the time on the power play.

Anaheim’s blue line and goaltending is above-average as the Ducks are allowing an average of 2.80 goals per game and the penalty-kill unit is successful at a rate of 85.2% of the time. John Gibson is 5-8-3 with a 2.67 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. Gibson has already posted three shutouts for Anaheim in just 16 appearances this season. Backup goalie Ryan Miller is 1-2-1 with a 2.98 goals-against average and .894 save percentage.

Injury Report: Josh Manson is out until mid-March, while Hampus Lindholm and Carter Rowney are out indefinitely.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is playing as well as he’s played during his NHL career. Fleury is allowing an average of just 1.55 goals per game and has already posted three shutouts across 11 appearances. Vegas will be facing an anemic offense for Anaheim that is averaging just 1.95 goals per game. Vegas has won 13 of the last 16 meetings between the two rivals and five of the last six played on Anaheim’s home ice. The Ducks have lost each of their last five overall and five of the last six at home. Vegas has won 35 of the last 52 overall and five of the last six against a team that is playing below .500.

Prediction:
Vegas Golden Knights -213

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Vegas scores its share of goals at a rate of 3.00 per game but Anaheim scores only 1.95 goals-per-game and the total has finished under in each of the last six played by Vegas, six of the last seven played by Anaheim against a team that has a winning percentage of above .600 and eight of Anaheim’s last 11 home games.

Prediction:
UNDER 5.5