Ducks vs Devils Prediction - NHL Picks 12/17/23

New Jersey Devils (16-11-1) vs Anaheim Ducks (10-19)

Game Info: Sunday, December 17, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)

Betting Odds: New Jersey Devils -245 / Anaheim Ducks +198 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Anaheim Ducks will play the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Anaheim has lost five games in a row, while New Jersey has won five of their last six games. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Ducks vs Devils prediction.

Ducks Preview

The Anaheim Ducks are 10-19-0 this season after they lost to the Rangers by a score of 5-1 in their last game. Anaheim led 1-0 in the first period, but New York scored the final five goals in the game. The Ducks were out shot by a total of 39-30 and went 0-3 on the power play in the game. Anaheim has also lost to the Islanders, Jets, Blackhawks, and Avalanche during this losing streak. The Ducks are scoring 2.55 goals per game and they are allowing 3.48 goals against per game, while going 22% on the power play and 79.8% on the penalty kill. Frank Vatrano has led the Ducks with 14 goals, nine assists, and 102 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Anaheim is John Gibson, who is 5-13-0 this year with a 2.89 goals against average and a .905 save percentage. 

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Devils Preview

The New Jersey Devils are 16-11-1 this year after they defeated Columbus by a score of 6-3 in their last game. New Jersey scored two goals in each period for the relatively easy win. The Devils out shot Columbus by a total of 30-26 and went 1-2 on the power play in the game. New Jersey defeated Boston by a score of 2-1 in the game prior to Columbus, but lost to Edmonton in the game before that. The Devils are scoring 3.48 goals per game and they are allowing 3.52 goals against per game, while going 31.8% on the power play and 75.6% on the penalty kill. Jack Hughes has led the Devils with 14 goals, 23 assists, and 110 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for New Jersey is Vitek Vanecek, who is 11-5-0 this season with a 3.33 goals against average and a .883 save percentage. 

New Jersey Devils Team Facts

  • The Devils have lost four of their last five games as favorites on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • The Devils have failed to cover the puck line in 13 of their last 14 games at Prudential Center.
  • The favorites have won the third period in each of the Devils' last four games.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in 10 of the Devils' last 11 games as home favorites.

Anaheim Ducks Team Facts

  • The Ducks have lost 13 of their last 14 games against opponents who are on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • The Ducks have covered the puck line in four of their last five night games against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Ducks' last 13 games as underdogs against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The Ducks have won the first period in each of their last eight games against the Devils at Prudential Center.

New Jersey Devils Player Prop Facts

  • Dawson Mercer has scored a goal in each of the Devils' last four games at Prudential Center.
  • Timo Meier has recorded at least one point in eight of his last nine appearances against the Ducks.
  • Tyler Toffoli has recorded at least one assist in each of his last four appearances against the Ducks.
  • Jack Hughes ranks T3rd in the league for multi-assist games (8) this season.

Anaheim Ducks Player Prop Facts

  • Ryan Strome has scored a goal in three of his last four appearances at Prudential Center.
  • Troy Terry has recorded at least one point in four of his five previous appearances against the Devils.
  • Cam Fowler has recorded an assist in four of his last five appearances against the Devils.
  • Cam Fowler ranks 3rd in the Pacific Division for time on ice (24:31) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The New Jersey Devils ranks 28th in the league for goals against per game this season (3.50).
  • The New Jersey Devils ranks 26th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (75.56%).
  • The Anaheim Ducks ranks 1st in the league in penalty minutes this season (406).
  • The Anaheim Ducks ranks T1st in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (1).

Ducks vs Devils Betting Prediction

New Jersey comes into this game after winning five of their last six games and they are playing very well right now. Anaheim is looking to snap a five game losing streak and they have only scored eight goals in their last five games. The Ducks are only scoring 2.55 goals per game, but they may find some success here against a below average New Jersey defense. The Devils will be on the second game of a back to back and they are only 6-6-1 at home this year. I like 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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