Edmonton Oilers (19-19-3) at Anaheim Ducks (19-16-7)
NHL: Sunday, January 6th, 2019 at 8:00 pm (Honda Center)
Line and Odds: Ducks -140/Oilers +120 Over/Under: 5.5
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Division foes meet as the Edmonton Oilers travel to the Honda Center to take on the Ducks in Anaheim.
The Edmonton Oilers are looking to bounce back from a shutout loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Los Angeles scored 3 goals in the 1st period and finished with a 4-0 victory. This is the first time the Oilers have been shut out since October 20th when they lost 3-0 to Nashville. While this game was probably the Oilers’ worst performance of the season, it’s simply a continuation of their recent poor play. Edmonton has gone 1-7-0 in their last 8 games, scoring just 15 goals in that span. Edmonton’s 19-19-3 record and 41 point total places them 6th in the Pacific Division. Edmonton made a coaching change earlier in the season. New coach Ken Hitchcock has gone 10-9-2 in his time with Edmonton compared to old coach Todd McLellan’s 9-10-1 record to begin the season. They’re 22nd in the NHL in points percentage and 23rd in goal differential. The Oilers score 2.76 goals per game which ranks 25th in the NHL. They rank 23rd in goals allowed per game, giving up 3.20 goals per game. Edmonton is 24th with 29.5 shots per game. The Oilers are pretty stingy in the amount of shots allow, ranking 11th with 30.7 shots allowed per game. Edmonton is 18th with a shooting percentage of 9.3%. They have a save percentage of .896 which places them 24th in the league. The Oilers are 13th with a power play percentage of 21.14% and 24th with a penalty killing percentage of 77.60%. The Oilers’ attack is led by C Connor McDavid. He leads the team in goals (23), assists (38), and points (61). McDavid is top 5 in the NHL in points, goals created, assists per game, and goals per game. In terms of injuries, RW Kailer Yamamoto and D Matt Benning are both listed as questionable. RW Alex Chiasson, D Kris Russell, and D Oscar Klefborn are all on the IR, so they will not be available.
As poorly as the Edmonton Oilers have played, the Anaheim Ducks have been even worse. Anaheim has lost its last 7 games, going 0-5-2 in that span. The Ducks are coming off of a 3-2 home loss to the Vegas Golden Knights. Anaheim had a 2-1 lead midway through the game, but the surging Knights were able to score 2 goals to close out the 2nd period. A scoreless 3rd period allowed Vegas to extend their win streak and Anaheim’s losing streak. Despite this recent stretch, the Ducks are still in solid position in the Pacific Division. Their 19-16-7 record and 45 points place them 4th in the Pacific. Anaheim ranks 17th in the NHL in points, 18th in points percentage and T-24th in goal differential. Offensively, the Ducks have struggled in the 2018-2019 season. Anaheim ranks 30th in goals per game, scoring 2.40 per game. They are 31st (out of 31 teams) with 27.6 shots per game. The Ducks are 25th in power play percentage, scoring goals on 15.25% of their power play opportunities. They are 27th in even-strength goals and power play goals scored. The Ducks are also 28th with a 8.7% shooting percentage. C Ryan Getzlaf leads the Ducks in points. The Ducks’ captain has 9 goals and 20 assists for a total of 29 points. Defensively, the Ducks are about league-average. They are 14th in the NHL with 2.88 goals allowed per game. The Ducks are also 14th with a penalty killing percentage of 80.41%. Anaheim is 30th in shots allowed per game with 34.8. The Ducks are able to overcome that number with their stellar save percentage. Anaheim is 4th in the league with a .917 save percentage. This number is driven by G John Gibson. Gibson has a .925 save percentage, and 2.60 goals against average. He also leads the NHL in goalie point shares at 8.1.
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Edmonton is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
Edmonton is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Edmonton’s last 6 games when playing Anaheim
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Anaheim’s last 6 games when playing at home against Edmonton
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Anaheim’s last 7 games
Anaheim is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Edmonton
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I’m taking the under to win in this divisional match-up. These are two teams that simply struggle to score goals. Anaheim arguably has the worst offense in the entire league. They certainly have some of the poorest offensive statistics in the NHL.The Ducks’ defense will give opponents chances to take shots, but strong goalie play prevents their opponents from scoring. While Edmonton has an offense that is slightly better than Anaheim’s, it is still very poor by league standards. The Oilers defense isn’t particularly strong either, but it’s hard to envision a scenario where the Ducks can actually capitalize on that. The stakes are fairly high in this game considering it’s a divisional game and both teams are in free fall. Both teams will defend with desperation and the final score will reflect that. Take the under.