NHL Hockey: Nashville at Anaheim Print
Written by TheSpread   
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 11:00
NHL Headline News

Bettors Are Predicting a Victory Tonight For The League Leading Ducks

Team Page: Nashville :: Anaheim

79% of Bets Placed on Anaheim -170 | Matchup | Goalies
Two of the NHL's high-scoring teams meet Wednesday night when the Nashville Predators visit the Anaheim Ducks in a matchup of Western Conference division leaders.

Despite their high point and goal totals, both teams lost their last game - an unlikely occurrence for each club this season.

Oddsmakers have made Anaheim -170 money line (NHL Odds) favorites for todays game, the over/under has been set at 5.5 total goals (View NHL Sports Books).

The Ducks, with an NHL-high 46 points, fell 3-2 to Los Angeles on Sunday in the finale of a home-and-home series with the Kings. The loss ended a five-game winning streak and was only Anaheim's third defeat in regulation this season.

The Ducks (20-3-6), who scored a power-play goal for the fifth straight game, have a Western Conference-best 102 goals. They've scored with the man advantage in 11 of the last 12 games.

The Predators (17-6-3) have lost two in a row for the first time since dropping three straight to open the season. Nashville had won four in a row before losing 4-3 in overtime to Chicago on Saturday and 3-2 to Phoenix on Monday, the opener of a four-game road trip.

Nashville, which leads the Central Division with 37 points, is second in the Western Conference with 91 goals.

The Predators have 11 road victories, tied with San Jose for the most in the conference. The Ducks, meanwhile, are 12-2-4 in Anaheim, giving them the most home victories in the NHL.

Anaheim begins a five-game trip following Wednesday's contest, and would like a better effort than the one it turned in Sunday.

``I don't think we played desperate enough until late in the hockey game and that was the difference,'' Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. ``They were a more desperate hockey team to start and it seemed like we got frustrated with it and didn't react in the proper way. There aren't too many times you can say that about this group, but tonight was one of those nights.''

Jean-Sebastien Giguere lost in regulation for only the second time in 23 games (16-2-5). He was forced to come in with 12:34 remaining when Ilya Bryzgalov went down with an injury trying to make a save.

Giguere is 8-5-1 against Nashville, and his 1.89 goals-against average against the Predators is the second-lowest of his career against teams he's faced at least five times.

Nashville had been 13-0-3 when leading after two periods this season before allowing two goals to the Coyotes.

``It started in the second period and I think they just outworked us,'' Predators goalie Chris Mason said. ``They were hungrier than we were and it came down to being outworked.''

The Predators have been outscored 34-18 in the third period, a minus-16 differential that's the worst in the league.

Wednesday's game marks the return of Paul Kariya to Anaheim. Kariya - first in Ducks history with 669 points - has had little success against his former team. Since leaving Anaheim before the 2003-04 season, the left wing has only three points in six games against the Ducks and none in four games as a Predator.

Anaheim has won three straight against Nashville and four of the last five meetings between the teams. The Ducks have been even better at home, winning 11 of 14 all-time matchups at the Honda Center.

by: Gary Roberts - theSpread.com - Email Us

More NHL Hockey coverage from theSpread.com

 - NHL Hockey news wire
 - NHL top stories
 - Current NHL injuries
 - NHL Hockey schedule
 - NHL Hockey standings
 - NHL goalie stats
 - NHL Hockey scoreboard
 - NHL Hockey odds
 - NHL public betting charts
 - Expert NHL Picks
 - Comments and discussion
 - Signup for theSpread.com daily newsletter
 - NHL Home


NHL Team Pages

Top NHL Public Bets

#1 8 Edmonton Oilers 77%
#2 3 Tampa Bay Lightning 75%
#3 6 Colorado Avalanche 57%
#4 1 Dallas Stars 57%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

NHL Futures

View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com