New York Rangers vs. Anaheim Ducks - 12/22/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Rangers vs. Anaheim Ducks - 12/22/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Anaheim Ducks (15-17-4) at New York Rangers (16-14-4)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 12:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Rangers / Anaheim Ducks --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers meet Sunday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.

The Anaheim Ducks need a win after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 14 percent of their power play opportunities. Jakob Silfverberg leads Anaheim with 12 goals, Ryan Getzlaf has 15 assists and Rickard Rakell has 100 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 78.3 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 72 goals on 798 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed 28 goals on 291 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.

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The New York Rangers need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 19.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Artemi Panarin leads New York with 20 goals, Pavel Buchnevich has 15 assists and Jacob Trouba has 91 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 77.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 57 goals on 647 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 46 goals on 540 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or more goals in  five straight games. 

The Ducks are 12-30 in their last 42 road games, 3-8 in their last 11 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-15 in their last 20 overall. The Rangers are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 7-18 in their last 25 vs. Western Conference and 0-4 in their last 4 home games. The under is 6-1 in Ducks last 7 overall. The over is 4-0 in Rangers last 4 overall. The Ducks are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in New York and 3-8 in the last 11 meetings. The home team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. The favorite is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.

The New York Rangers have had the upper hand over the Ducks in past meetings and have the rest advantage on top of the home ice. However, the Anaheim Ducks are coming off a confidence boosting victory yesterday over the Islanders and don't have nearly the same baggage as the Rangers. The New York Rangers are a complete mess at both ends of the ice right now and now word is that Lias Andersson is asking for a trade. It's hard to back the Rangers right now, especially if backing them in the favorite role. 

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