NHL Betting Preview: Anaheim Ducks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Friday, Jan. 11, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Honda Center in Anaheim, California
When: Friday, January 11th at 10:00 PM ET
Money Line: Pittsburgh -145
BookMaker has the Pittsburgh Penguins listed as -145 money line favorites over the Anaheim Ducks.
The Pittsburgh Penguins enter this game with a record of 24-13-6 and have won four of their last five games including a win at home against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday by a score of 5-1.
The Anaheim Ducks enter this game with a record of 19-17-8 and have lost nine games in a row including a home loss to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday by a score of 1-2. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Anaheim Ducks.
The Ducks are 19-17-8 overall and 10-6-8 at home. The Anaheim Ducks may only be a .500 team this season and it could be tough for them to make the playoffs this season. They currently have 46 points on the season which is 8th best in the Western Conference and 4th best in the Pacific Division. Anaheim is 19-18-8 overall, 10-6-8 at home and 10-11-4 as an underdog.
Ryan Getzlaf leads the team in points and assists with 29 points and 20 assists. Pontus Aberg, Ondrej Kase and Jakob Silfverberg are tied for the team lead in goals with 11 apiece. Josh Gibson is 15-13-7 on the season with 1 .923 save % and is allowing 2.62 goals per game.
Anaheim is averaging 2.39 points per game which ranks 30th in the NHL. They are averaging 28.05 shots per game which ranks 31st in the NHL. They are averaging 0.41 power play goals per game which is tied for 27th in the NHL. They are averaging 2.82 power-play chances per game which ranks 25th in the NHL. The Ducks are allowing 2.93 goals per game which ranks 15th in the NHL.
The Penguins are 24-13-6 overall and 11-5-4 on the road. The Pittsburgh Penguins will be a playoff team again this season and should be one of the favorites in the Eastern Conference this season. They currently have 54 points on the year which is tied for 4th best in the Eastern Conference and 2nd best in the Metropolitan Division. Pittsburgh is 24-13-6 overall, 11-5-4 on the road and 20-12-6 as a favorite.
Sidney Crosby leads the team in points, goals, and assists with 53 points, 20 goals and 33 assists. Casey DeSmith is 12-7-4 on the season with a .924 save % and is allowing 2.47 goals per game.
Pittsburgh is averaging 3.53 goals per game which ranks 6th in the NHL. They are averaging 32.53 shots per game which ranks 10th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.72 power play goals per game which ranks 8th in the NHL. They are averaging 2.81 power-play chances per game which ranks 25th in the NHL. The Penguins are allowing 2.86 goals per game which is tied for 10th in the NHL.
Anaheim gets the win at home
Both of these teams are playoff caliber teams in their respective conferences and this should be one of the better games in the NHL on Friday. Pittsburgh is 6-4 in their last ten match-ups with Anaheim while outscoring the Ducks by an average of 3.4 to 2.8 in those games. The Ducks have won three of the last three contests between these two teams while outscoring the Penguins by an average of 4.33 to 1.67 in those contests. I look for the Ducks to get the win over the Penguins at home on Friday and end their nine-game losing streak. Make sure to bet this match-up on BookMaker.