Vegas Golden Knights at Anaheim Ducks - 3/4/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Vegas Golden Knights at Anaheim Ducks - 3/4/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Anaheim Ducks (26-21-9) vs Vegas Golden Knights (30-20-4)

Game Info: Friday, March 4, 2022 at 10:00 pm (Honda Center)

Betting Odds: Anaheim Ducks +180 / Vegas Golden Knights +130 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Anaheim Ducks host the Vegas Golden Knights in Friday NHL Action.

The Vegas Golden Knights come into this road contest with an overall record of 30-20-4. Through 54 games, the Golden Knights are 3rd in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 175 times, good for a rank of 13th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Vegas is the 13th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.89 goals per game. So far, the Golden Knights have a strength of schedule rating of 6th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 11th ranked team in the NHL.

The Anaheim Ducks get set to host the Vegas Golden Knights with an overall record of 26-21-9. This mark places them 5th in the Pacific division. Through 56 games, the Ducks have scored 165 goals, giving them an average of 2.88. This output gives them a rank of 16th among NHL teams. On defense, Anaheim is the 23rd ranked unit, giving up 3.0 goals per contest. So far, the Ducks have played the 11th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Anaheim's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 20th in the NHL.

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Through 54 games, the Vegas Golden Knights' leading goal scorer is Jonathan Marchessault. With his 17 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 38. On the season, he is turning 13.4% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Golden Knights have benefited from the strong play of Chandler Stephenson, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Vegas's 54 games, he has come up with 14 goals on a shooting percentage of 17.9%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 4.0. Vegas' top goalie is Robin Lehner, who is giving up an average of 2.81 goals per game.

Through 51 games, the Anaheim Ducks' goal and overall scoring leader is Troy Terry, with 46 points. He has reached his mark of 27 goals, on a shooting percentage of 23.7%. So far, 26.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Trevor Zegras, who has 27 assists to go along with his 14 goals. However, when on the ice the Ducks are --16 in scoring differential. Anaheim's top goalie is John Gibson, who is giving up an average of 2.84 goals per game. In his 39 games played, he has turned in 23 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Anaheim's 56 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 31-21. So far, the Ducks have been a good bet at home as they have covered in 16 of their 25 games at Honda Center. On the season, the Anaheim Ducks have a per-game scoring differential of -0.12. Things haven't gone any better at home, as they are losing home games by an average of -0.63 goals. Heading into their game with the Vegas Golden Knights, the Ducks have a 3-2 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 16 goals, accounting for 47.0% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 2.88 goals per game 3 times. Look for the Ducks to knock off the Golden Knights at home.

 

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