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Anaheim Ducks at Vegas Golden Knights 1/14/21 - NHL Picks & Predictions

Vegas Golden Knights vs Anaheim Ducks Odds & Info

Game Vegas Golden Knights vs Anaheim Ducks
Date & Time Thursday January 14, 2021, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
T-Mobile Arena T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, NV, USA
Latest odds
VEG -220 ; O/U 6
TV Channel
AT&T SportsNet

The Anaheim Ducks visit the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday for the opening game of the 2021 NHL regular season for both. Last season Anaheim was 29-33-9 with 67 points finishing sixth in the Pacific division. The major additions to the Ducks during the offseason were Derek Grant, Kevin Shattenkirk and David Backes, while players lost included Patrick Eaves and Michael Del Zotto. The key to Anaheim’s success is John Gibson remaining healthy in goal. 

The top returning scorer from last season is Adam Henrique who had team highs in goals with 26, assists with 17 and points with 43. Anaheim was weak on the blue line last year and needs more scoring with its next generation of stars such as Troy Terry, Sam Steel, Matt Jones and Sonny Milano stepping up. Anaheim faces a tough start as the Ducks must play Vegas, Colorado and St Louis in six of their first 10 games.

The Vegas Golden Knights were 39-24-8 with 86 points and finished first in the Pacific Division and third overall in the Western Conference. The biggest acquisition during the offseason for Vegas was veteran defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, while the Golden Knights lost Deryk Engelland, Valentin Zykov, Nate Schmidt and Jon Merrill. Last season's high scorer was Max Pacioretty with 32 goals, 34 assists and 66 points.

The strength of Vegas is once again in net as the Golden Knights have Robin Lehner and Marc-Andre Fleury to form one of the best goalie duos in hockey. The defense overall is very strong and was upgraded with the addition of Pietrangelo. Vegas started its season slow last year but finished 15-7-2 over the final two months and have ranked as one of the top teams in the NHL the last three seasons reaching the Conference Finals twice and the Stanley Cup once.

Recent Betting Trends

  • Anaheim is 2-6 in its last 8 versus a Western Conference opponent
  • The OVER has cashed in each of the Ducks last 4 on the road
  • Vegas is 15-5 in the last 20 at home
  • The UNDER has cashed in 7 of the Golden Knights last 8

Free NHL Pick:

Vegas Golden Knights -220

Vegas is the much better team of the two, as the Golden Knights finished last season first in the Pacific Division and third overall in the Western Conference. The Golden Knights have one of hockey's best goalie tandems in Robin Lehner and Marc-Andre Fleury and have added strength on the blue line with the acquisition of veteran defenseman Alex Pietrangelo from St Louis. The Golden Knights open strong at home with a win. Final Score Prediction, Vegas Golden Knights win 3-0.

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