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#65 Anaheim Ducks 5.5 vs.
#66 Arizona Coyotes -155
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9:05pm EST
Gila River Arena, Glendale
Written by Valdis Pans

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Four consecutive defeats take the Anaheim Ducks (8th in West Division) to a road contest against the Arizona Coyotes (5th in the West), who just snapped a two-game skid with a home win against the quackers.

Ducks Lose Four In Succession

The losing skid of the Anaheim Ducks (6-10-3) extended to a season-high four fixtures (0-4-0) after the team was edged out with a score of 4-3 by the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Monday. After being held to just five goals in its previous four contests (1-3-0), the Ducks tallied three times in the first 21:53 of the game before the ‘Yotes rallied with four unanswered snipes, including a penalty shot and a power-play redirection. Jakob Silfverberg (4 goals, 8 points this year), Max Jones (2 goals, 2 points) and Cam Fowler (2 goals, 7 points) all scored for Anaheim, while Trevor Zegras, the 19-year-old MVP of the World Junior Championship, recorded two shots on goal on his NHL debut.

Goalie John Gibson stopped 21 shots on Monday, taking his current performance tally to 5-8-3 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.67 GAA and a .908 save percentage. He has picked up an 8-4-3 career total against the Coyotes with a 2.28 GAA and a .923 save percentage. The Ducks, meanwhile, are netting the absolute lowest quantity of goals per game this season (1.89), while conceding the 15th highest amount in their defensive zone (2.79). The team is 2nd from the bottom in power play with an 8.9% success rate (4-for-45) and 7th in penalty kill with 84.6% efficiency (44-for-52).

Coyotes End A Two-Game Skid

The Arizona Coyotes (8-7-3) snapped a two-game skid (0-1-1) after overcoming the Anaheim Ducks with a score of 4-3 at Gila River Arena on Monday. The ‘Yotes rallied from three goals down to win a game for the first time since beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 in January 2006, as Christian Dvorak (9 goals, 15 points this year) tallied twice, scoring a penalty shot midway through the second period and the power-play winner at 3:52 of the final third. Derrick Brassard (3 goals, 7 points) and Jakob Chychrun (4 goals, 13 points) also scored for Arizona, which has gone 2-2-2 on its current nine-date homestand.

Goalie Darcy Kuemper made 24 saves on Monday and has now gone 6-7-2 for the season with a 2.33 GAA and a .915 save percentage. He has registered a 5-6-0 past record against the Ducks with a 2.52 GAA and a .911 save percentage. The Coyotes, meanwhile, are burying the 10th lowest number of goals per game in 2020-21 (2.61), while giving up the 16th highest quantity on the defensive end (2.78). The team is 16th in power play with a 20.9% conversion rate (14-for-67) and 8th in penalty kill with 84.1% effectiveness (53-for-53).

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The very last game between the two opponents showed both sides of each team. The Ducks started amazingly well, but fell apart in the second part of the contest, while the Coyotes turned out to have enough guts to dig themselves out of a hole they dug themselves in at the beginning of the game. If anything, it will be Arizona which will be heading into their next head-to-head matchup with its confidence sky-high. Anaheim continues to show glimpses of brilliance, but is lacking terribly on the offensive side of the ice, currently ranking rock bottom in the league in most goals scored per game (1.89). The ‘Yotes, on the other hand, have already beaten the Ducks in five of their past six encounters in Arizona and are 6-1 in their previous seven outings played on a single day’s rest.

Prediction: Arizona Coyotes (-155)

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On four of the past six occasions, this series has gone past the set goal-mark, posting an average of 6.25 snipes per contest. So, expecting more than five strikes on the scoresheet in this case is definitely not the craziest of propositions! The very last two overall matchups of the Ducks have already registered 13 tallies, while 14 of the previous 21 games of the Coyotes have all cruised over the total, with three of the past five averaging no less than 7.33 markers per encounter. Five of the last eight Wednesday contests of Arizona have also been high-scoring clashes, so stick with the Over in this one!

Prediction: Over 5.5
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