2021-02-25
Anaheim Ducks
Arizona Coyotes
League : NHL

Arizona Coyotes vs Anaheim Ducks Prediction & Preview



 

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The Anaheim Ducks will go on the road to take on the Arizona Coyotes in a West Division battle. These two teams have faced each other three times with the Coyotes winning two of the three games.

 

Ducks Coming in Cold

Anaheim comes in to this game on a four game losing streak. Their last game was a 4-3 loss against the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night. Cam Fowler and Max Comtois each had two points in the loss. John Gibson stopped 21 out of 25 shots faced.

 

Offense is a major weakness for the Ducks. They have scored two goals or less in five of the last seven games. The team ranks last in goals per game, 30th in shots per game and shooting %, and 29th in scoring efficiency ratio. They are even worse on offense this season compared to last season. They ranked second last in goals per game, averaging 2.42 goals per game last season. They are only averaging 1.89 goals per game this season. Anaheim has no quality offensive player on their team.

Defense and goaltending are trending in the wrong direction lately. They have given up three goals or more in seven of the last 10 games. The team ranks 17th in goals against per game, 12th in shots against per game, and 19th in opponent shooting % and save %. John Gibson has given up three goals or more in five of his last six starts. The Ducks are an absolute mess right now.

 

Coyotes Coming off Win

Arizona is coming off a 4-3 win against the Ducks on Monday night. Christian Dvorak scored two goals in the game. Clayton Keller and Jakob Chychrun each had two points in the game. Darcy Kuemper stopped 25 out of 28 shots faced.

 

The Yotes have struggled recently on offense. They have scored two goals or less in four of the last six games. They rank 22nd in goals per game, 29th in shots per game, 17th in shooting %, and 21st in scoring efficiency ratio. Similar to Anaheim, Arizona has no star player to score goals and give the team a boost on offense. The team lacks fire power on offense.

Darcy Kuemper is a big reason why the Yotes have won eight games this season. Kuemper has given up three goals or less in nine of his last 10 games. He has a record of 6-7-2 with a 2.33 GAA and a .916 SV%. The team ranks 16th in goals against per game and shots against per game, and 17th in opponent shooting % and save %.





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