Arizona Coyotes at Anaheim Ducks - 4/2/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Arizona Coyotes at Anaheim Ducks - 4/2/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Anaheim Ducks (11-20-6) vs Arizona Coyotes (16-15-5)

Game Info: Friday, April 2, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Honda Center)

Betting Odds: Anaheim Ducks -105 / Arizona Coyotes -115 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Arizona Coyotes and the Anaheim Ducks meet in NHL action from the Honda Center on Friday night.

The Arizona Coyotes will try to rebound from a 9-3 loss to the Avs last time out. Clayton Keller leads the Coyotes in scoring with 28 points including 11 goals and a team-high 17 assists while Conor Garland has 27 points with 10 goals and 17 apples this season. Phil Kessel’s on a team-high 14 goals with 12 assists while Jakob Chychrun and Nick Schmaltz each have double-digit assist tallies this season. Christian Dvorak also has 11 goals this season for the Coyotes. As a team, Arizona is averaging 2.6 goals on 26.1 shots per game with an 18.3% success rate on the PK while allowing 3.1 goals on 31.6 shots against with an 82.4% success rate killing off penalties this season.

The Anaheim Ducks will look to rebound from a 5-2 loss also to Colorado in their last matchup. Rickard Rakell leads the Ducks in scoring with 22 points including a team-high 15 assists while Max Comtois has 21 points with a team-high 10 goals with 11 assists. Adam Henrique has 16 points with 10 goals. Ryan Getzlaf and Cam Fowler each have 15 points with 3 goals and 12 assists while Jakob Silfverberg, Kevin Shattenkirk and Troy Terry all have 13 points. As a team, Anaheim is averaging 2.2 goals on 27.1 shots with a 10.8% success rate on the PP while allowing 3.3 goals on 30.1 shots with a 76.1% success rate on the PK this season.

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Arizona is 9-25 in their last 34 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 Friday games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Anaheim is 2-9 in their last 11 home games and 7-21 in their last 28 games as an underdog while the under is 6-1-1 in their last 8 Friday games. The home team is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams.

I get the case that could be made for either side here, but I keep backing the Coyotes and it keeps burning a hole in my pocket. Anaheim has provided more value in the plus role on the puck line, but I’m not about laying juice with the Coyotes on the road. These are two teams that struggle to score, but at least Anaheim attempts to play defense. I’m not sure what Arizona’s been doing at times this season. I’ll take Anaheim at home here.

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Chris’s Pick Anaheim -105

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