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Ducks-Wild Preview: Will Anaheim Win Its First Game in 2019?

Jan 17, 2019 4:43 PM EST
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Candice Ward, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Ryan Getzlaf, Hampus Lindholm and Rickard Rakell

Betting odds: Anaheim Ducks at Minnesota Wild

  • Ducks moneyline: +155
  • Wild moneyline: -180
  • Over/Under: 5.5
  • Puck drop: 8 p.m. ET

NHL Record: 31-35, +7.32 units


>> All odds as of 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Download The Action Network App to get real-time NHL odds and track your bets


The Anaheim Ducks haven’t won a game this year. I mean that, literally, as the Ducks are in the midst of a 12-game losing streak (which includes four overtime losses). In fact, their last win came exactly one month ago on Dec. 17, 2018.

Astonishingly, Anaheim has hung in the playoff picture in the Western Conference despite this horrendous run.

The Wild are currently in a playoff position, sitting on 49 points by way of a 23-20-3 record. Minnesota’s strength, as we noted Tuesday, is its sturdy defense.

The Wild allow 2.02 expected goals against per 60 minutes at 5v5 (xGA/60), which is the best mark in the NHL by a wide margin. They also boast the highest expected save percentage on unblocked shots and allow the least amount of high-danger scoring chances per 60 in the circuit.

Anaheim’s strength is also its defense, but when I say defense I really mean its goalie, John Gibson. Gibson’s level has dropped a bit lately, but he’s still the best goaltender in the NHL and gives the Ducks a puncher’s chance every time they step out onto the ice.

The Ducks should count their lucky stars they have Gibson, too, because Randy Carlyle’s squad allows 2.87 xGA/60 (30th), 12.96 high-danger chances against (30th) and 60.63 shot attempts against per 60 (29th). The Ducks don’t make life easy on John Gibson, but John Gibson makes pretty easy on the Ducks.

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