Anaheim Ducks vs Washington Capitals Prediction, Preview and Odds - 12/06/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Monday, December 6, 2021
Venue:  Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
Where to Watch:  NBCS-DC

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Moneyline:  Ducks +190, Capitals -225; Over/Under:  NL goals
Bet365:  Moneyline:  Ducks +175, Capitals -210; Over/Under:  5.5 goals
BetMGM:  Moneyline:  Ducks +165, Capitals -200; Over/Under:  6 goals
 

Season Record

Anaheim Ducks:  13-8-4 (3rd place, Pacific Division)
Washington Capitals:  15-4-6 (1st place, Metropolitan Division)
 
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Anaheim Ducks vs Washington Capitals Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
Anaheim Ducks:  5-4-1 last 10
Washington Capitals:  6-2-2 last 10
 
 
 

Anaheim Ducks Analysis

The Ducks are coming into this game with 30 points, a 13-8-4 record overall, and they are 4-4-2 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 2 of their last 3 NHL games but are coming into this one off of a loss in their last game which snapped a 2 game winning streak that they were on. Their 2 wins in that span were against the Los Angeles Kings and the Vegas Golden Knights while their loss came against the Calgary Flames in their last game in a shootout. Vinni Lettieri, Sonny Milano, and Rickard Rackell all scored 1 goal each in that game. Trevor Zegras led the team in assists in that game with 2 while Jamie Drysdale, Hampus Lindholm, Isac Lundestrom, and Josh Manson all had 1 assist each in that one. Milano and Rackell both led the team in shots on goal in that one with 4 shots on net each. John Gibson was the starting goaltender in that game and he allowed 3 goals on 36 shots with 33 saves and a .917 sv percentage. Their offense has scored 84 goals in 25 games this season averaging 3.4 goals scored per game and their defense has allowed their opponents to score 74 goals against them allowing just under 3 goals per game. 
 
 

Washington Capitals Analysis

The Capitals are coming into this contest with 36 points, a 15-4-6 record overall, and they are 8-1-4 in their home games this season where they will be in this game as the home team. They have lost 2 of their last 3 games but are coming into this one off of a win in their last game which snapped the 2 game losing streak that they were on. Their 2 losses in that span were against the Florida Panthers and the Chicago Blackhawks while their win came against the Columbus Blue Jackets in their last game. Garnet Hathaway, Alexander Ovechkin, and Aliaksei Protas all scored 1 goal each in that game. John Carlson, and Justin Schultz both had the only assists in that game with 1 each. Matt Irwin and Connor McMichael both led the team in shots on goal in that one with 5 pucks on net each. Ilya Samsonov was the starting goalie in that game and he allowed 1 goal on 18 shots with 17 saves and a .944 sv percentage. Their offense has scored 88 goals in 25 games this season averaging 3.5 goals scored per game and their defense has allowed their opponents to score 62 goals against them allowing 2.5 goals per game.
 
 

 

Ducks vs Capitals Prediction

The Ducks are coming into this matchup as a +190 underdog with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook and the other bookmakers. Both of these teams have been playing very well to start their seasons but the Ducks have been playing a little better in their recent games. The Ducks have won 2 of their last 3 while the Capitals have lost 2 of their last 3 games and the Ducks have played some tougher teams in that span while the Capitals have faced weaker teams including a loss to the Blackhawks in their last loss. The Ducks have been scoring a lot of goals in their games and they will be looking to bounce back off of a close defeat in their last game in a shootout. The best bet to place in this game is on the Ducks to win here on the moneyline bets.
 
Ducks Capitals Prediction:  Our NHL Pick for Monday, December 6, 2021 (7:00 pm ET start time) is Ducks 4 Capitals 2.
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NHL Betting Trends

 
Anaheim Ducks: 59-93 (-20.5 units) in all games. 33-51 (-9.2 units) after a division game. 22-42 (-11.6 units) after 2 consecutive division games. 16-29 (-12.2 units) when playing only their 2nd game in 5 days. 28-44 (-12 units) after one or more consecutive overs.

Washington Capitals: 95-68 (+4.2 units) in all games. 42-24 (+8.7 units) first half of the season. 38-28 (+4.5 units) revenging a loss versus opponent. 19-9 (+5.2 units) off a win by 2 goals or more over a division rival. 47-28 (+10.2 units) after playing a home game.
 

Key Injuries

 
Anaheim Ducks:  A. Henrique (C) Ques Mon - Lower Body injury. Ryan Getzlaf (C) Out indefinitely - Lower Body injury. M. Comtois (LW) Early Jan - Hand injury. M. Jones (LW) out for season - Pectoral injury.
Washington Capitals:  T. van Riemsdyk (D) Out indefinitely - Illness. N. Dowd (C) Out indefinitely - Illness. N. Backstrom (C) Out indefinitely - Hip injury. A. Mantha (RW) Out indefinitely - Shoulder injury.
 
 

Notable Quotes

 
“We played very well in the first period, and we played very well in the third period. The second period, we got away from our game, and that’s also a reminder too. If we want to be an elite team, we have to play a certain way. If we’re not going to do it to a man, then we are going to very quickly get in trouble. I think our group has learned enough lessons, and it’s time to take another step forward.” - Dallas Eakins on his team’s loss against the Flames on Friday night.
 
 
“It’s a pretty cool number. Just keep going.” - Alex Ovechkin on reaching 750 goals in his career after their game on Saturday night. 
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Anaheim Ducks
LW Henrique, Adam
C Steel, Sam
RW Terry, Troy
LD Lindholm, Hampus
RD Drysdale, Jamie
G Gibson, John
 
Washington Capitals
LW Ovechkin, Alex
C Evgeny Kuznetsov
RW Wilson, Tom
LD Fehérváry, Martin
RD Carlson, John
G Samsonov, Ilya
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Anaheim Ducks
Points: T. Terry (25)
Goals: T. Terry (15)
Assists: R. Getzlaf (19)
GAA: J. Gibson (2.68)
 
Washington Capitals
Points: A. Ovechkin (39)
Goals: A. Ovechkin (20)
Assists: E. Kuznetsov (20)
GAA:  I. Samsonov (2.39)
 
Coaches:
Anaheim Ducks: Dallas Eakins (3rd season)
Washington Capitals: Peter Laviolette (2nd season)


Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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