The Anaheim Ducks and Vegas Golden Knights meet for the fourth time and online sports betting odds predict this will go the same way the first three went: a win for Vegas. Though the last game was a little more exciting than Vegas backers would have liked.
I’ll pick this game right away since it’s obvious: Vegas wins. I want to pick Anaheim here for an upset, but the most I can do is pick them on the puck line as they’ve covered in two of their three games. But Vegas is just leagues above Anaheim.
The BetUS online sportsbook has the Knights as more than a 2-1 favorite here so it might be better to throw them in a parlay. Still, the question is how close will Anaheim make this game. Let’s preview the NHL odds.
Anaheim Ducks: Tough Nuts
You can’t help but cheer for the Ducks. Sure, they’re not going to be winning a lot of games, but they got out there every night and do their best. In fact, they’ve been money on the puck line and have covered three of their last four games and are 9-5 overall.
What the Ducks do best is fight for every possession and make things difficult for their opponents. There’s a reason Vegas, who is easily a top-three team in the league right now, has trouble putting them away.
Offensively, don’t expect a lot out of Anaheim. They don’t have many highlight reels and have the second-fewest goals per game (2) ahead of only Detroit. Their power play is similarly inept at just 9.4 percent (29th).
But the Ducks are still backstopped by John Gibson (questionable), a top-five goalie at his best and their penalty kill is third in the league at 86.5 percent. If teams are to beat the Ducks, they’ll have to do it on even strength.
Vegas Golden Knights: Yet To Face A Challenge
Other than Boston and Tampa Bay, no other NHL team can hold a candle to what Vegas is doing. They’re 8-1-1 right now with their only real stumble against the Coyotes. Even if their ATS record isn’t so hot (4-6), it says a lot that they’re able to consistently win one-goal games.
The Knights survived a comeback attempt by the Ducks and were uncharacteristically getting pushed back on 5-on-5, their strength. Vegas ranks in the top three in the league in scoring chances for percent (SCF%) and high-danger scoring chances for percent (HDCF%).
Even scarier is how their power play is beginning to come back to life and if it returns to being a top-ten unit, it lights out. The return of D Alex Pietrangelo will only bolster that unit.
Vegas hasn’t been entirely tested. They’ll beat the Anaheims and Los Angeleses of the division, but so far they’ve lost to St. Louis and haven’t faced Colorado. But their one-goal game victories and 5-on-5 play should indicate they are on pace.
Smiting the Plucky Ducks
Vegas should beat the Ducks back at home if this game even happens. Per NHL news, Vegas cancelled the media session due to COVID protocol. But the Knights have been almost unbeatable at home earning 15 of 16 possible points.
But leave it to Anaheim to make things interesting again. Vegas is seventh in the NHL in corsi for percent (CF%) but Anaheim controlled the puck more in two of their three games. Vegas did win all three.
Dare I say Vegas could even blow out Anaheim. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was less-than-stellar the last outing, but Vegas shouldn’t allow Anaheim to get as many chances again and this game won’t be as close.