Detroit Red Wings (0-1-1) at Anaheim Ducks (2-0-0)
NHL Hockey: Monday, October 8, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -275 / Detroit Red Wings +200 — Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks meet Monday in NHL action at the Honda Center.
The Detroit Red Wings are still looking for their first win of the season after two frustrating losses, including a 2-4 loss last night to the Los Angeles Kings. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Bertuzzi leads Detroit with one goal, Gustav Nyquist has two assists and Dylan Larkin has three shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing three goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up three goals on 39 shots faced. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The Anaheim Ducks have a chance to win the first three games of a season for the first time since 2006-07. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 40 percent of their power play opportunities. Max Comtois leads Anaheim with two goals, Jakob Silfverberg has four assists and Rickard Rakell has four shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing one goal per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up two goals on 74 shots faced. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or less goals in each of their last seven regular season games.
The Red Wings are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest, 20-43 in their last 63 road games and 20-43 in their last 63 overall. The Ducks are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference, 19-7 in their last 26 home games and 1-5 in their last 6 Monday games. The Red Wings are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Anaheim, 3-7 in the last 10 meetings and the home team is 45-21-1 in the last 67 meetings.
The Detroit Red Wings are having early trouble on the defensive side, and I’m not sure playing on the end of a back to back is going to help matters. The Anaheim Ducks are off to a very strong start offensively and have been very sharp at home dating back to last season. The Ducks have also had their way with the Red Wings in past meetings, with the last two victories coming by two goals each. So, give me the Ducks and the puck line to increase the value. I can’t give the Red Wings a look on the end of a back-to-back based on their first two games.