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#29 Detroit Red Wings 5.5 vs.
#30 Anaheim Ducks -170
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 10:05pm EST
Honda Center, Anaheim
Written by Chris Kubala

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It’s an interconference clash on the ice in the Golden State. The Detroit Red Wings are on the road as they battle the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night. Detroit dropped Vegas 3-2 at home Sunday afternoon in their previous contest. Anaheim comes in off a 6-2 defeat at the hands of Edmonton at home in their previous contest Sunday night. The Ducks have won three of the last four meetings between the teams. In the last matchup between the two teams, Anaheim took a 3-1 road victory on October 8, 2019.

Detroit Red Wings Seek to Earn Third Straight Victory

Detroit won their second straight as they scored the decisive goal in the final minute of regulation to bust Vegas. The Red Wings look for a third straight victory here, which would be their first three-game win streak of the season. Detroit is 31st in the league in goals for as they average 2.21 goals per contest on the year. The Red Wings are 30th in goals against by allowing 3.79 goals per game. Detroit is only 23rd in the league on the power play as they convert 16.1 percent of their chances with the man advantage. The Red Wings are 31st in the league in penalty killing as they successfully kill off just 68.3 percent of their shorthanded situations.

The Red Wings managed to earn back to back wins at home as they knocked off the Golden Knights with an impressive showing. Detroit had the shots even at seven in the opening period and the game was tied at one after 20 minutes of play. After spotting Vegas the opening goal, Andreas Athanasiou scored his second of the year at 19:15, on the power play, off assists from Mike Green and Filip Hronek. The second period was a defensive struggle with the Red Wings outshot 3-2 and outscored 1-0 to trail 2-1 after 40 minutes. In the final period, the Red Wings had a 10-9 edge in shots and outscored Vegas 2-0 to earn the win. Madison Bowey tied the game with his first of the year at 10:57 with an unassisted marker. With under a minute to go, Anthony Mantha scored his 11th of the year at 19:29 off assists from Robby Fabbri and Dylan Larkin to give Detroit the victory. Jonathan Bernier made 17 saves for the Red Wings in the victory: both teams finished with 19 shots in the contest. Jimmy Howard is expected to get the start in this contest.

Anaheim Ducks Looking to Bounce Back

Anaheim suffered their third straight loss as they were blown out by Edmonton Sunday night in their last game. The Ducks entered Monday sixth in the Pacific Division, two points behind Vegas and Vancouver for third in the division: they were seven back of Edmonton for the division lead. Anaheim is tied for 25th in goals for as they average 2.61 goals per game so far this season. The Ducks are currently eighth in the league in goals against as they give up 2.72 goals per game. Anaheim is 30th in power play success as they have converted 8.5 percent of their chances with the man advantage. The Ducks are tied for 18th in the league in penalty killing as they have successfully worked through 80 percent of their shorthanded situations this year.

The Ducks were unable to contain the Oilers’ top trio and it cost them dearly in the loss Sunday night. Anaheim were outshot 10-9 in the opening period and trailed 2-1 after 20 minutes of play. After falling behind 1-0, Rickard Rakell netted the tying goal with his fifth of the year at 3:24 off assists from Jakob Silfverberg and Adam Henrique. The Ducks gave up the go-ahead goal later in the period and never got even again. In the second period, Anaheim had a 13-12 edge in shots on goal but was outscored 2-0 to trail 4-1 after two periods. The third period saw Anaheim hold an 11-9 edge in shots on goal and was outscored 2-1 to finish the blowout. Max Jones scored his first of the year at 3:11 off an assist from Max Steel to cut the deficit to 4-2. The Ducks drew no closer and went down in defeat. John Gibson made 25 saves in the loss: Anaheim held a 33-31 edge in shots on goal in the game. He is expected to be between the pipes again in this contest.

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Detroit has won two straight as they got by Boston and Vegas. The problem for the Red Wings is that both those games came at home. Detroit is only 2-7-0 on the road this season and Howard is 2-8-0 in net, which doesn’t instill a ton of confidence. Anaheim is 6-3-1 at home this season and they play better on their own ice. Gibson is due to bounce back after that rough outing against the Oilers. Facing a Detroit team that is last in the league in goals per game and in penalty killing should help with that. Give Anaheim the advantage here.

Prediction: Anaheim Ducks -160

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Both teams have had problems putting the puck in the net this season. Detroit has averaged only two goals per game on the road this season compared to their 2.40 goal mark at home. Anaheim's offense has been a better attack at home this year (three goals per game) compared to their road mark of 2.13 goals a night or their overall mark of 2.61 goals per game. The Ducks have had success at home this season: can they carry the load at home to get back in the win column?

The under is 5-2 in the Red Wings' last seven on a Tuesday and 7-3 in their last 10 games against Pacific Division teams. Anaheim has seen the under go 5-1 in their last six games against the Red Wings and 13-4 in their last 17 against Atlantic Division teams. Look for this contest to end up being a 3-1 or 3-2 game to fall under the total here.

Prediction: Under 5.5
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Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chris’ content daily.