The Anaheim Ducks (19-15-7) meet the Edmonton Oilers (18-18-3) at the Honda Center on Sunday evening, in a game between two Pacific Division rivals who have both been in desperately poor form of late.
The Ducks were on home-ice against the Vegas Golden Knights the Friday evening prior to this game, but before that they had lost their previous six games, with the latest being a 2-1 loss in OT at home to the table-topping Tampa Bay Lightning on New Year’s Eve.
Scoring has been an issue for the Ducks this season, with their average of 2.41 Goals per Game being only 30th in the overall NHL standings at present. Defensively they are allowing 2.88 Goals per Game, which leaves them 13th overall. On an individual basis, Ondrej Kase has 11 goals for the Anaheim Ducks this season, while Ryan Getzlaf has recorded 20 assists to date.
The Oilers had games on the road at the Arizona Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings on the Wednesday and Saturday evenings prior to their trip to Anaheim. Before that, their last result was a 4-3 loss on home-ice to the Winnipeg Jets on New Year’s Eve. That defeat marked a sixth consecutive loss for the Oilers.
The Oilers are currently averaging 2.82 Goals per Game, which leaves them 21st in the overall NHL rankings. Defensively they are allowing 3.23 Goals per Game, which puts them down in 24th position overall.
The skater that the Oilers rely on more than any other for both goals and assists is Connor McDavid, who has recorded 21 and 37 respectively.
Although both teams had games prior to this encounter to break their losing streaks, neither team is going into this game in great form. That makes any NHL bet predictions quite difficult, but in McDavid the Oilers have a player who could be the difference in this game and they are therefore our picks on the Money Line odds to take the points here.
Pick: Money Line – Edmonton Oilers