Ducks vs Penguins Prediction - NHL Picks 10/30/23

Pittsburgh Penguins (3-5) vs Anaheim Ducks (4-4)

Game Info: Monday, October 30, 2023 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -250 / Anaheim Ducks +202 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Anaheim Ducks will play the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Anaheim has won three games in a row, while Pittsburgh has lost four of their last five games.

Ducks Preview

The Anaheim Ducks are 4-4-0 this season after they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 7-4 in their last game. Anaheim scored the first four goals in this game and never allowed the Flyers to cut the lead closer than two. The Ducks were out shot by a total of 31-25 and went 2-2 on the power play in the win. Anaheim has also defeated Boston and Columbus during this three game winning streak. The Anaheim Ducks are scoring 3.13 goals per game and they are allowing 3.00 goals against per game, while going 11.5% on the power play and 75.6% on the penalty kill. Ryan Strome has led the Ducks this year with two goals, eight assists, and 14 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Anaheim is John Gibson, who is 1-3-0 this year with a 2.81 goals against average and a .905 save percentage. 

Penguins Preview

The Pittsburgh Penguins are 3-5-0 this year after they lost to the Ottawa Senators by a score of 5-2 in their last game. Pittsburgh trailed 3-0 in the second period and they never really had a chance in this one. The Penguins out shot Ottawa by a total of 42-26 and went 0-2 on the power play in the loss. Pittsburgh’s only win in their last five games came against Colorado by a score of 4-0 in the game before Ottawa. The Pittsburgh Penguins are scoring 2.88 goals per game and they are allowing 3.13 goals against per game, while going 10% on the power play and 84% on the penalty kill. Jake Guentzel has led the Penguins this season with two goals, seven assists, and 31 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Pittsburgh is Tristan Jarry, who is 2-4-0 this year with a 2.62 goals against average and a .901 save percentage. 

Pittsburgh Penguins Team Facts

  • The underdogs have won five of the Penguins' last six games.
  • The Penguins have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last seven games as home favorites against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The Penguins have won the first period in each of their last five night games at PPG Paints Arena following a loss.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in six of the Penguins' last seven games as favorites against Pacific Division opponents.

Anaheim Ducks Team Facts

  • The Ducks have won each of their last three games as underdogs against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • The Ducks have covered the puck line in each of their last six games at PPG Paints Arena.
  • The Ducks have lost the second period in each of their last five Monday games as underdogs.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Ducks' last 13 games as underdogs against Metropolitan Division opponents.

Pittsburgh Penguins Player Prop Facts

  • Noel Acciari has scored the last goal in three of his last four appearances with his team as a home favorite against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Evgeni Malkin has scored at least one goal in four of the Penguins' last five home games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Evgeni Malkin has recorded at least one point in each of the Penguins' last six games against Pacific Division opponents at PPG Paints Arena.
  • Evgeni Malkin has recorded at least one assist in each of the Penguins' last six games against Pacific Division opponents at PPG Paints Arena.
  • Reilly Smith has the equal-most multi-point games for the Penguins this season (2).

Anaheim Ducks Player Prop Facts

  • Frank Vatrano has scored at least one goal in each of the Ducks' last three games as underdogs against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Adam Henrique has recorded at least one point in seven of his last eight appearances with the Ducks as underdogs against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Cam Fowler has recorded at least one assist in six of the Ducks' last seven games as underdogs against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Frank Vatrano ranks T2nd in the league for Goals (8) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pittsburgh Penguins ranks 2nd in the league for shots per game this season (35.1).
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins ranks T30th in the league for power play goals this season (2).
  • The Anaheim Ducks ranks T1st in the league for opponent goals in Period 1 per game this season (0.38).
  • The Anaheim Ducks ranks T30th in the league for power play goals against this season (10).

Pick

The Penguins come into this game as a huge favorite to get the win, but they have not played very well over their last five games. On the other side, Anaheim has won three games in a row and they have scored 14 goals in those three wins. The Ducks started the season playing very poorly, especially in the offensive zone, but they have turned things around pretty quickly. These two teams are trending in the opposite directions, so I am going to take the Ducks +1.5 in this game. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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