Anaheim Ducks vs. Arizona Coyotes - 10/3/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Anaheim Ducks vs. Arizona Coyotes - 10/3/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Coyotes (0-0) at Anaheim Ducks (0-0)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 10:00 pm (Honda Center)

The Line: Anaheim Ducks -124 / Arizona Coyotes +100 --- Over/Under: 5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Arizona Coyotes and Anaheim Ducks meet Thursday in NHL action at the Honda Center.

The Arizona Coyotes haven’t made the playoffs in seven years and enter a third season under coach Rick Tocchet. While last years 39 wins were the most during this drought, the Coyotes aren’t going to get over the hump until the offense improves. That’s why the Coyotes went out and snagged Phil Kessel and Carl Soderberg, two guys who can find the back of the net while taking pressure off other players. With an offense that was 28th in goals per game, 20th in shots and 26th in power play, the Coyotes should see an uptick this season in offensive production. With an improved offense and one of the best penalty kills in the sport last year, the Arizona Coyotes could finally have what it takes to see postseason hockey for the first time in a long time. 

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The Anaheim Ducks missed the playoffs for the first time in six years and now begin a new era under coach Dallas Eakins. The Ducks had a lot of injuries last year, so while the offensive numbers were some of the worst in the league, it’s hard to really judge this team based on so much missed time. The good news is the Ducks have one of the top goalies in John Gibson and a bunch of proven veterans in Jakob Silfverberg, Ryan Getzlaf and Adam Henrique to anchor the squad. The bad news is the Anaheim Ducks enter the year already banged up with the loss of Ryan Kesler and Patrick Eaves, two players expected to miss the entire season. The Ducks have a proven core, it’s just a matter of staying healthy.

The Coyotes are 46-95 in their last 141 road games, 38-80 in their last 118 Thursday games and 1-4 in their last 5 games as a road underdog. The Ducks are 5-1 in their last 6 home games, 1-4 in their last 5 games as a home favorite and 1-5 in their last 6 games as a favorite. The under is 4-0 in Coyotes last 4 road games. The over is 6-1 in Ducks last 7 overall. The road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the Coyotes are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Anaheim.

The Arizona Coyotes should be much improved offensively with some of the moves they made this offseason and the Anaheim Ducks should be improved across the board with injured players returning. Four of the last nine meetings between the Coyotes and the Ducks have produced seven or more goals. The last three meetings between the Coyotes and Ducks have averaged 6.6 goals. This total seems a bit low and likely factoring in last seasons offensive struggles. I'll take my chances with the over here. 

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