New York vs Anaheim: Streaking NHL Squads Clash in California
Anaheim Ducks: Enjoying top perch status in the NHL
Following a December to remember, where the Ducks earned points in 11 of 14 contests, Anaheim has won two straight contests to open January. Sitting on the top perch in the NHL, the Ducks (26-9-6) are two points ahead of Nashville though the Predators have two games in hand. Anaheim is a battle tested squad that wins close games as their last five victories have been by one goal. In their last two matches, both at the Honda Center, the Ducks have taken out two of the best squads in the Western Conference as they defeated St. Louis 4-3 last Friday and Nashville 4-3 (OT) on Sunday. Despite their lofty record, Anaheim is just a +5 in the goals for/against department as the Ducks have outscored their opponents by a mere 115-110 margin.
New York Rangers: Hot streak aided by battling bottom feeders
Showing the form that took them to the Stanley Cup Final last year, the Rangers have been red hot recently. New York rolled through December with a 9-3 record that included a stretch where the Blueshirts won eight straight games. Though full marks for their winning run, five of the Rangers last ten wins have come against teams that have a combined 50-91-23 record including a pair of one-goal wins over the 12-24-4 Carolina Hurricanes. The Honda Center has been a house of horrors for New York as the Rangers were routed 6-0 and 5-2 during their last two visits. The bigger picture is even darker as New York went 1-5 in California last season, including three losses in the Cup Final to the Kings, and were outscored by a 27-13 combined count.
Rangers vs Ducks Prediction: While we have admittedly struggled with our game day call, Anaheim appears to be the proper selection here. The Ducks protect their home pond better than most teams and they have won seven of their last eight games at the Honda Center. Given Anaheim’s recent run of winning one goal battles, avoiding the puck line on this match seems to be a prudent path. Instead, soar with the mighty Ducks and a 300 unit wager backing the money line odds posted on the Bet365 sportsbook betting board.
Bet365 NHL Puck Betting Prices – Anaheim Ducks vs New York Rangers
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