It’s a battle of West Division teams on opposite sides of the playoff cut line in the Golden State. The Vegas Golden Knights are on the road as they play the second game of a two-game set with the Anaheim Ducks Sunday afternoon. In the first game between the teams in this series, it was Vegas skating to a 4-0 victory Friday night to ensure no worse than a split of the two games. When it comes to the season series between the teams, the win by the Golden Knights Friday gave them a 5-1 advantage with one more meeting coming after this one. Can Vegas keep the Ducks from picking up a win here?
Vegas Golden Knights Hope to Maintain Recent MomentumVegas took the win in the opening game of the set Friday night for their fifth straight win following a stretch that saw them lose four of five contests. The Golden Knights entered Saturday trailing the Avalanche by two points in the West Division. They stood 19 points ahead of the fifth-place Coyotes to remain in the playoff picture. Vegas enters this game 3rd in scoring with an average of 3.37 goals per contest. The Golden Knights are first in goals against as they give up an average of 2.19 goals a night. Vegas is 24th with the man advantage as they convert 17.1% of their chances with the man advantage this season. The Golden Knights are second in the league in penalty killing as they have killed off 84.7% of their shorthanded situations on the year.
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In Friday’s game, the Golden Knights were locked in on both ends of the ice and it paid off with a convincing victory. Vegas owned a 15-6 edge in shots on goal in the opening period with neither side lighting the lamp, leaving things scoreless after 20 minutes of play. The second period saw the Golden Knights with a dominant 23-3 edge in shots on goal and a 3-0 advantage on the scoreboard to lead by that margin after 40 minutes. William Karlsson provided the lone goal that Vegas would need with his 11th of the year off assists from Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith nine seconds into the period to open the scoring. Chandler Stephenson made it a 2-0 game with his 10th of the season at 4:27 off assists from Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty. Nicolas Roy extended to a 3-0 advantage with his fourth of the year at 19:38 of the period. In the third period, Vegas outshot Anaheim 13-7 and outscored the Ducks 1-0 to put the game away. Brayden McNabb scored his second of the year at the 8:00 mark off assists from Stephenson and Stone to close the scoring. Robin Lehner made 16 saves for the Golden Knights, who had a dominating 51-16 edge in shots on goal, in the shutout win. Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to get the start in goal here.
Anaheim Ducks Try to Earn Split of SeriesAnaheim’s offensive woes popped up again as they were completely stifled by Vegas Friday night to snap their two-game win streak. The Ducks entered Saturday last in the West Division, 29 points behind the Avalanche for the top spot and nine points back of St. Louis for the final playoff spot. Anaheim is 31st in the league in scoring as they average 2.22 goals per game this season. The Ducks are tied for 21st in the league in goals against as they allow 3.11 goals a night. Anaheim is 31st in power play success as they have cashed in on just 11.1% of their chances with the man advantage on the year. The Ducks are 16th in penalty killing as they have successfully killed off 79.1% of their situations where they were short a man.
On Friday night, Anaheim was outplayed badly and it was goaltending that kept the final score from being far worse than what it actually was. The Ducks were outshot 15-6 in the opening 20 minutes of play but skated off scoreless at the first intermission. In the second period, Anaheim was outshot by a staggering 23-3 margin and outscored 3-0 to trail by that margin after 40 minutes of action. The final period saw the Ducks outshot 13-7 and outscored 1-0 to put the game out of reach and leave them on the wrong end of the scoreboard. John Gibson made 47 saves for the Ducks, who were outshot 51-16, in the loss. He is expected to get the start in goal again for this contest.
The top trends for this contest are:
- Golden Knights are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 day of rest
- Golden Knights are 5-1 in their last 6 road games
- Golden Knights are 9-2 in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400
- Ducks are 3-12 in their last 15 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game
- Ducks are 1-4 in their last 5 games following a home loss of 3 or more goals
- Ducks are 0-5 in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
Vegas is rolling right now with five straight wins and they have owned the Ducks this season with five wins in six meetings. The Ducks’ lone win in the series was a 1-0 win back in February so Anaheim isn’t lighting the lamp much against Vegas this season. The Golden Knights thoroughly dominated the game Friday night, bombing 51 shots on goal while allowing only 16, most of which weren’t high-danger opportunities. Anaheim doesn’t have the weapons to work with in the offensive end to come up with a victory here. Give the edge to Vegas as they extend their win streak and their dominance in this series by prevailing here.
Full-Game Total Pick
Vegas has seen the over go 22-20-1 in their games this season. The Golden Knights have seen an average total of 5.49 goals per game when they take the ice this season. That number climbs up to 5.33 goals a night as the road team on the year. The inability of Anaheim to put the puck in the net with any regularity this season has been a concern. The under is 27-16-2 in their games as a result. As it stands, the Ducks are second-worst in goals per game this season. On the season, the average game for the Ducks sees an average of 5.33 goals per game this season and that drops to 5.25 goals per game as the home team. In the six meetings this season, we’ve seen the teams combine for seven, three, nine, one, five and four goals. Seeing how Anaheim struggles to score and what we saw Friday night, this one ends up short of the total.