2019-20 NHL – Anaheim Ducks @ New Jersey Devils Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Anaheim Ducks @ New Jersey Devils taking place? Thursday 19th December, 2019 – 00:00 (UK)

Where is Anaheim Ducks @ New Jersey Devils taking place? Prudential Center, Newark

What channel is Anaheim Ducks @ New Jersey Devils on? Premier Sports

Where can I stream Anaheim Ducks @ New Jersey Devils? Premier Sport subscribers can stream this match live via Premier Player

Where can I get tickets for Anaheim Ducks @ New Jersey Devils? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Anaheim Ducks 3 – 2 New Jersey Devils

THE TEAM NEWS

ANAHEIM DUCKS

  • The Ducks are are coming off a 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers and they have dropped three of their last five games. They also sit at the bottom of the Western Conference with only 32 points out of 34 matches.
  • Troy Terry is dealing with a knee injury and has been listed as day-to-day so he will be a game-time decision here, while Nick Ritchie is out until January with a lower body problem, and both Patrick Eaves and Ryan Kesler have been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
  • Rickard Rakell should be the player to watch here for the Ducks. He is tied for a team-high 25 points so far, but he is also on a hot streak with six points (two goals and four assists) in his last five outings.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS

  • The Devils are coming off a 2-1 away win over the Arizona Coyotes the last time out and while that result is positive, it must be noted it ended a seven-game losing streak for the New Jersey franchise. With that poor run of form, it shouldn’t be surprising to see the Devils sitting in 14th place of the Eastern Conference with 25 points out of 32 games.
  • The Devils could be depleted defensively ahead of this contest since both Connor Carrick and Matt Tennyson have been listed as questionable and both will be game-time decisions here. Goaltender Louis Domingue has been ruled out with a lower body injury.
  • Following the trade that sent Taylor Hall to the Arizona Coyotes, New Jersey’s main scoring threat should be Kyle Palmieri. The 28-year-old right winger leads the club in points (20) and goals (12) during the regular season thus far.

THE PREDICTION

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say these two teams are among the worst in the league, but the Ducks have a far better record overall and have also posted a better run of form thanks to four wins in the last 10 games – as opposed to New Jersey’s two over that span. Anaheim might have one of the weakest attacks in the league with only 88 goals scored, but they have only conceded 101 goals themselves and those two marks beat the Devils’ totals of 77 scored and 115 allowed. The numbers do not lie here, and the Ducks should find a way to win.

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