Ducks vs Red Wings Prediction - NHL Picks 12/18/23

Detroit Red Wings (15-11-4) vs Anaheim Ducks (11-19)

Game Info: Monday, December 18, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)

Betting Odds: Detroit Red Wings -200 / Anaheim Ducks +164 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Anaheim Ducks will play the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Anaheim snapped their five game losing streak on Sunday, while Detroit has lost five of their last six games. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Ducks vs Red Wings prediction. 

Ducks Preview

The Anaheim Ducks are 11-19-0 this season after they defeated New Jersey by a score of 5-1 in their last game. Anaheim led 2-1 going into the third period and they were able to score three goals in the third to pull away for the win. The Ducks were out shot by a total of 29-27 and went 1-5 on the power play in the game. 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 Lukas Dostal, who is 5-6-0 this season with a 4.06 goals against average and a .884 save percentage. 

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Red Wings Preview

The Detroit Red Wings are 15-11-4 this year after they lost to Philadelphia by a score of 1-0 in their last game. Detroit allowed a goal in the first period, which was all of the offense either team could manage in the game. The Red Wings recorded 33 shots on goal and went 0-3 on the power play in the loss. Detroit’s only win in their last six games was against St. Louis, while gathering losses to Carolina, Dallas, Ottawa, and San Jose. The Red Wings are scoring 3.57 goals per game and they are allowing 3.17 goals against per game, while going 21.8% on the power play and 78.8% on the penalty kill. Alex DeBrincat has led the Red Wings with 13 goals, 13 assists, and 97 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Detroit is Ville Husso, who is 9-5-2 this year with a 3.47 goals against average and a .895 save percentage. The red Wings are 4th in the Atlantic Division with 34 points, four less than the 3rd-placed Florida Panthers.

Detroit Red Wings Team Facts

  • The Red Wings have lost each of their last two games as home favorites against opponents who are on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • The Red Wings have failed to cover the puck line in nine of their last 10 games as home favorites against opponents on a losing streak.
  • The Red Wings have won the second period in five of their last six night games at Little Caesars Arena following a road loss.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in each of the Red Wings' last nine home games against Pacific Division opponents.

Anaheim Ducks Team Facts

  • The Ducks have lost 14 of their last 16 games on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • The Ducks have covered the puck line in seven of their last eight games following a road win.
  • The Ducks have won the third period in four of their last five games as underdogs following a road win.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in 12 of the Ducks' last 13 games as underdogs against opponents on a losing streak.

Detroit Red Wings Player Prop Facts

  • Patrick Kane has recorded at least one point in each of his last 11 appearances against the Ducks.
  • Patrick Kane has recorded at least one assist in seven of his last eight appearances against the Ducks.
  • Dylan Larkin has scored at least one goal in five of the Red Wings' last six games against Pacific Division opponents at Little Caesars Arena.
  • Alex DeBrincat has the most multi-goal games for the Red Wings this season (3).

Anaheim Ducks Player Prop Facts

  • Alex Killorn has scored a goal in each of his last three appearances in night games at Little Caesars Arena.
  • Adam Henrique has recorded at least one point in each of his last four appearances against the Red Wings.
  • Adam Henrique has recorded at least one assist in each of his last four appearances against the Red Wings.
  • Cam Fowler ranks 3rd in the Pacific Division for time on ice (24:32) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Detroit Red Wings ranks 2nd in the league for Period 2 goals scored per game this season (1.40).
  • The Detroit Red Wings ranks T6th in the league for power play goals this season (27).
  • The Anaheim Ducks ranks 1st in the league in penalty minutes this season (435).
  • The Anaheim Ducks ranks T1st in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (1).

Ducks vs Red Wings Betting Prediction

Both of these teams come into this game struggling over the last two weeks, but Detroit will be at home and will have the rest advantage. The Red Wings have only scored one goal total in their last two games, but will face an Anaheim team that is not very good defensively. Detroit is dealing with quite a few injury issues, but I expect them to pick up the win here, against an Anaheim team that is on a back to back. The Ducks did pick up a nice win on Sunday, but they should have their backup goalie in the net here. Take the Red Wings -1.5 in this game.

David’s Pick Red Wings -1.5

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