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#25 Anaheim Ducks vs.
#26 Minnesota Wild
Friday, January 14, 2022 at 8:05pm EST
Xcel Energy Center, St Paul
Written by Valdis Pans

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A couple of victories bring the Minnesota Wild (4th in Central Division) to a home contest against the Anaheim Ducks (2nd in Pacific), who will try to end a five-game losing streak in Saint Paul.

Ducks Lose To Pittsburgh

The Anaheim Ducks (19-13-7) rounded off their latest four-game homestand with a 2-2-0 record after dropping their sixth decision in the past eight fixtures (2-4-2) following a 4-1 setback against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Honda Center on Tuesday. The Ducks were outshot 34-26, won just 35% of all the face-offs, killed just two of their three penalties and went 0-for-3 with the man-advantage, ultimately scoring just once midway through the second period to cut Pittsburgh’s initial 2-0 lead in half before the Pens tallied twice more subsequently. Jakob Silfverberg (2 goals, 13 points this year) tallied the only snipe for Anaheim, finding the back of the net for the first time in 30 games.

Goalie Anthony Stolarz stopped 30 shots on Tuesday and has now gone 6-4-1 for the season with a 2.29 GAA and a .929 save percentage. He has recorded a 1-1-0 past tally versus Minnesota with a 3.00 GAA and a .927 save percentage, while John Gibson (12-9-6 this year with a 2.64 GAA and a .917 save percentage), who might return from COVID-19 protocol list, is 7-5-3 against the Wild historically with a 2.33 GAA and a .928 save percentage. The Ducks are 16th in least goals buried per game this season (2.92), 10th in least goals allowed on average (2.74), 5th in power play (26.7%) and 3rd best in penalty kill (85.3%).

Wild Win Second In Row

The Minnesota Wild (21-10-2) recorded their second straight victory after following up last Thursday’s 3-2 road win at the Boston Bruins with a 3-2 shootout triumph against the Washington Capitals at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday. Mats Zuccarello (9 goals, 27 points this year) forced the bonus hockey with 35 seconds remaining in regulation after an own-goal by the Caps, credited to Marcus Foligno (14 goals, 22 points), cut Washington’s initial 2-0 lead in half at 13:55 of the second frame. Kevin Fiala (7 goals, 23 points) and Frederick Gaudreau (2 goals, 10 points), meanwhile, tallied in the skills competition, which Minnesota won by two snipes to nil. The Wild were 0-4-1 prior to the current win run.

Goalie Kaapo Kahkonen made 29 saves on Saturday to take his current performance record to 6-2-1 for the season with a 2.51 GAA and a .915 save percentage. He has posted a 4-0-1 past total against the Anaheim Ducks with a 1.78 GAA and a .929 save percentage. The Wild, meanwhile, are scoring the 3rd highest number of goals per game this year (3.58), while giving up the 14th highest quantity on the defensive end (3.03). They are 24th in power play with a 17.3% success rate and 17th in penalty kill with 79.8% proficiency.

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The Wild are currently riding an impressive nine-game winning streak against the Ducks, with five of those victories being achieved on own ice in Minnesota. So, their upcoming contest on Friday definitely doesn’t promise anything positive for Anaheim. The Ducks have managed to muster just two wins in their last eight fixtures overall and have gone 1-4 in their most recent four outings as road underdogs. They have dropped four straight decisions against sides from the Western Conference, while the Wild have lost just four of their 15 domestic matchups this season, going 7-1 in their previous eight clashes played on a single day’s rest.

Prediction: Minnesota Wild (-175)

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This series has not excelled on the offensive side of the game lately, with 17 of the past 26 overall contests between the Wild and the Ducks, and seven of their most recent 10 encounters in Minnesota all cruising below the set goal-mark. Five of the previous six road outings of Anaheim have also ended on the low-scoring side, averaging just 2.80 (!!!) snipes per bout, while three of the last five overall matchups of the Wild have all produced just a modest quantity of strikes, recording an average of 4.33 markers per game. So, do go with the Under in this one!

Prediction: Under 5.5
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