Kraken vs. Ducks NHL Preview and Best Bet

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The Kraken are mired in the basement of the Pacific Division but they will get a chance to meet the division leaders when they travel to Anaheim to meet the Ducks on Wednesday night.

Let’s analyze this matchup and find out which side is the sharp side in our NHL picks!

Seattle Kraken vs. Anaheim Ducks

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 – 10:00 PM EST at Honda Center

Betting Preview

Seattle had dropped three straight before last night’s 3-1 win over the Sharks and if it hadn’t been for the stellar play of Kraken goalie, Chris Driedger, that losing streak could very well have continued. When the dust settled, Driedger had stopped 33 of 34 shots, many of which were destined for the back of the net.

“I just felt confident,” Driedger said. “I thought we just locked it down. I can’t recall many odd-man rushes. ... I thought we just locked it down really well. We only had one penalty kill. It was just an all-around great team effort. Nights like that will be a little bit easier to stop the puck.”

It was a scoreless tie entering the third period but that’s when Seattle’s Ryan Donato broke the ice when he gathered his own rebound and swatted a shot towards the net getting a fortuitous bounce off the skate of a Sharks’ defenseman that eluded San Jose goalie, James Reimer.

Brandon Tanev would tally six minutes later with a little help from Calle Jarnkrok and Morgan Geekie before the Sharks would finally light the lamp with two minutes remaining and an extra skater on the ice. Calle Jarnkrok would salt the game away for the Kraken when he scored an empty-net goal with only six seconds left on the clock.

Ducks Give St. Louis the Blues

The Ducks have now won three of their last four contests with the most recent being a 3-2 overtime victory against the Blues in St. Louis on Sunday night. After Buddy Robinson scored in the opening period, the Ducks fell behind 2-1 before Troy Terry got the game-tying goal midway through the third period and then tallied the game-winner in the overtime frame.

Terry has been Anaheim’s lamplighter this season, currently fifth in the league in goals scored with 17 on the year, but none have been prettier than the penalty shot winner he scored in overtime on Sunday night. The 24-year-old center broke in off the left side of the ice, showed forehand but seamlessly deked backhand, and sent the puck to the top shelf over St. Louis goalie, Jon Gillies’ right shoulder.

“I kind of decided that, you know, that once I kind of made that first fake and where it was I just, I knew I had to commit to whatever I did,” Terry said. “And once I kind of made that switch, I just tried to commit to it.”

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The most obvious disadvantage the Kraken will have is playing the second leg of back-to-backs tonight in Anaheim. Secondly, they are playing a better team up and down the roster that has had since Sunday to rest and prepare for this one.

Lastly, Seattle’s defense and goaltending has been a soft spot on this team since the beginning of the year, currently ranked 28th in goals allowed versus a team averaging 3.07 goals per game and one that has already beaten them, 7-4, in Seattle.

Expert Pick

And one other thing to note, the Kraken are ranked 29th in shots per game, averaging 28.6 per game which reminds me of the age-old saying, if you don’t shoot you can’t score.

The Ducks defense should be able to neutralize the Kraken forwards and let’s also not forget that Anaheim boasts the fifth-best power-play unit in the league so if Seattle gets frisky, they will likely pay for it while their man sits in the penalty box.

The NHL odds at all of the best online sportsbooks are installing Anaheim as anywhere from -152 to -160 home favorites and it’s easy to see why. I’d like to be able to place a value bet on the visitors but there is no value in losing. Lay it with the Ducks.

NHL Pick: Ducks ML (-152) at Heritage Sports (read our Heritage Sports Review)

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