The Anaheim Ducks (17-30-6) head to take on the Vegas Golden Knights (31-18-4) at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday. Anaheim is coming off a high-scoring 6-3 loss against the Penguins on Friday. The Ducks committed four penalties in the game, conceding one power play goal.
Mason McTavish, Trevor Zegras, and John Klingberg scored one apiece for the Ducks. John Gibson saved only 53 of 59 shots against (.898%) in the loss.Vegas beat the Wild 5-1 on Thursday. Five players found the net for the Golden Knights.
Jack Eichel scored and provided an assist to share the scoring lead with Jonathan Marchessault, who had two assists. Logan Thompson saved 23 of 24 shots in the win (.958%).
HEAD TO HEAD
The teams have split their two meetings this season, the most recent of which was a 3-2 (SO) victory for the Ducks in December. Adam Henrique (2G 0A), Zegras (0G 2A), and Troy Terry (0G 2A) each had two points to lead Anaheim. Ben Hutton scored Vegas’ only goal. Gibson got the win, saving 49 of 51 shots (.960%).
Anaheim is averaging 2.45 goals per game for the season, worst in the NHL, and they are taking on a Golden Knights team that is allowing 2.81 goals a game (10th).
Meanwhile, Vegas has found the net 3.15 times a game on average, 16th in the league, and the Ducks are allowing opponents to score a league-worst 4.02 goals per game.
Power play opportunities ought to be plentiful for the Golden Knights, as the Ducks are averaging 4.57 penalties per game, third-most in the NHL.
The visitors’ 11.62 penalty minutes a game ranks fourth-highest. The home team has been penalized 2.85 times a game for an average of 6.47 minutes, both of which are the fewest in the league.
The Ducks’ 15.58% power play percentage is the second-lowest in the league, while the Golden Knights rank 16th with a conversion rate of 22.06%.
Anaheim has been equally unimpressive at penalty killing, as the away team possesses the league’s fifth-lowest PK% at 73.51%. Vegas’ 79.07% ranks 17th in the NHL.
Zegras and Terry have been the top skaters for the Ducks this season with 44 and 42 points. In the net, Anthony Stolarz (5-6-0) is Anaheim’s top goaltender by goals against average.
He has a 3.73 GAA and a .897% save percentage. Gibson (10-20-5) leads the Ducks in games played in goal. He has a GAA of 3.89 and a save percentage of .900%. Chandler Stephenson leads the Golden Knights in scoring with 46 points.
He has 12 goals and 34 assists. Adin Hill (11-5-1) has the best goals against average for Vegas at 2.58. He has a save percentage of .909%. Thompson (20-13-3) has played the most games in net for the Golden Knights this season. He has a 2.66 GAA and a .914% save percentage.
HOME AND AWAY
Anaheim is 8-16-5 away from Honda Center this season. Vegas is 14-13-0 at home this season.
SportsTips’ NHL Pick:
Vegas Golden Knights -1.5 (-135)
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