Arizona Coyotes (0-2-0) vs Anaheim Ducks (3-0-0)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 10:00 pm EDT (Honda Center)
The Line: Arizona Coyotes +135 / Anaheim Ducks -160 — Over/Under: 5.5
FREE NHL PICK ARIZONA COYOTES vs ANAHEIM DUCKS
The Arizona Coyotes and Anaheim Ducks square off for the second time this season. Anaheim won the first game in Arizona by a 1-0 score. These two teams will play each other two more times this season.
The Arizona Coyotes have an 0-2 start to the season in which they haven’t scored a goal yet. That isn’t good. It doesn’t help that forwards, Alex Galchenyuk, Christian Dvorak and Dave Bolland are all out injured and don’t plan to be back anytime soon.
It will be up to nine-year veteran defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson to lead his team, keep contributing on the powerplay and help prevent this season from spiraling out of control.
The Anaheim Ducks have started the season 3-0 which is impressive considering they have done it with a depleted attack. We’re not sure if Ryan Getzlaf will play tonight. Ondrej Kase has concussion issues. Meanwhile veterans Corey Perry and Patrick Eaves are all out for an extended period.
The Ducks will have to rely on Adam Henrique until the injured stars return. He finished with 36 points in 57 games 2017-18 season. The seven-year vet already has a goal and two assists to his name at the start of this season so except him to have an impact on tonight’s game.
Arizona is 0-2 ATS this season
The total has gone UNDER in Arizona’s last three games
The total has gone UNDER in the Coyotes’ last three games vs the Ducks
Anaheim is 3-0 ATS this season
The total has gone UNDER in Anaheim’s last three games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of the Ducks’ last 17 games vs divisional opponents
Free NHL Prediction Anaheim Ducks vs Arizona Coyotes
The opening O/U for this was 5 goals but was quickly bumped up to 5.5 goals. It’s important to follow trends like this one. There was enough early betting action on this game that Vegas thought it was necessary to bump the O/U to 5.5 goals. I would have still taken the under on this game even with an O/U at 5 goals.
The Coyotes are experiencing some scoring struggles to start the season which leads me to believe they will score 0-1 goals in the game. The Ducks have already beaten the Coyotes 1-0 last week so the under pick looks trendy. The other games were 5-2 over the Sharks (the fifth goal being an empty netter) and a 3-2 shootout win over the Red Wings. I believe should score 3-4 goals maximum which means this game should hit the under.