Arizona Coyotes (0-2-0) at Anaheim Ducks (3-0-0)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Honda Center) The Line: Anaheim Ducks -165 / Arizona Coyotes +149 — Over/Under: 5
The Arizona Coyotes and Anaheim Ducks meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Honda Center.
The Arizona Coyotes are still looking for their first victory to avoid starting back-to-back seasons with three straight losses. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging zero goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Derek Stepan leads Arizona with 12 shots on goal, Nick Cousins has eight shots on goal and Richard Panik has seven shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing two goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Antti Raanta has given up four goals on 45 shots faced. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Anaheim Ducks look for another victory to start a season with four straight wins for the first time in franchise history. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Max Comtois leads Anaheim with two goals, Jakob Silfverberg has four assists and Hampus Lindholm has six shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 1.3 goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up four goals on 95 shots faced. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or less goals in each of their last eight games. Ryan Getzlaf is questionable with a lower-body injury.
The Coyotes are 4-0 in their last 4 Wednesday games, 28-62 in their last 90 vs. Western Conference and 27-74 in their last 101 road games. The Ducks are 7-1 in their last 8 games following a win, 20-7 in their last 27 home games and 13-6 in their last 19 overall. The Coyotes are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Anaheim, 2-9 in the last 11 meetings and the under is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings.
The Anaheim Ducks have a chance to get off to their best start in franchise history, and the Arizona Coyotes have shown little to nothing in their first couple of games. To make matters worse for the visitors, the Coyotes have been outscored 4-0 against the Ducks in the last two meetings and haven’t won in Anaheim since October of 2015. It’s hard not to side with the Ducks here, especially when the price could be a little bit steeper given the way both teams have come out of the gate.