December 29 2013 Expert NHL Picks

December 29 2013 Expert NHL Picks

Anaheim Ducks @ San Jose Sharks: DUCKS 2.47

The Anaheim Ducks are one of the hottest teams in the NHL right now. They are currently tied for 1st place overall with the Chicago Blackhawks with 61 points, however the Blackhawks have played 1 more game than the Ducks have. A victory tonight will give the Ducks the 1st place spot. With last night’s OT victory against the Phoenix Coyotes, the Ducks are now officially on a franchise best 10 game winning streak. We have the best team in the NHL competing tonight and we are getting them at a huge underdog price against the Sharks. In their 10 game winning streak that started on December 6th, the Ducks have scored an average of 3.60 goals per game, and the Anaheim offense is 3rd overall in goals per game with 3.20 goals per game. The San Jose Sharks are one spot below the Ducks, scoring 3.13 goals per game. We seen Anaheim take 41 shots against the Coyotes last night, and they will need to continue taking shots on goal against the Sharks as the Sharks take the most shots of any team in the NHL with 36.3 shots per game. The Ducks are taking 31.8 shots per game, but note that the Sharks have a .692 OS% (Winning % when outshooting opponent) and the Ducks have a .700 OSB% (Winning % when being outshot). Also the Ducks lead the League in OS% with a .750 OS%. The Anaheim defense has been slightly more effective than the Sharks, allowing 2.40 goals against per game overall, while the Sharks have allowed 2.42 goals against per game. During their 10 game winning streak, the Ducks have allowed only 2.00 goals against per game. The San Jose defense has had a good run overall, but over their last 10 games have allowed 2.90 goals against per game, while managing to score only 2.50 goals per game on the offense. The Sharks have won 3 in a row, but they all ended in a shootout. Interestingly enough, the Sharks allowed themselves to be outshot in 2 of those 3 games, and the Ducks have the best OS% in the league. If they can outshoot the Sharks they have a great shot at winning. The Ducks will likely go with Jonas Hiller tonight, who has a 2.39 GAA and a .913 SV%, while Antti Niemi is probable for the Sharks and has a 2.37 GAA and a .912 SV%: this goaltending matchup is about as even as you can get. The Ducks are on a franchise record 10 game winning streak that they will look to take to 11 games tonight. On no rest, the Ducks have gone 5-0-2 (4-0-1 after a Win) and are 14-7-3 on the road, and have won their last 6 games on the road. They have a great shot at coming out on top in this one and at this price they provide great value for us as tonight.

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