Anaheim Ducks will host Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL 2021-22 action on Tuesday evening. The hosts ride on the losing streak, and they look forward to ending it. The away side hasn’t played well on the road so far, and they search for a positive result on this outing.
Anaheim wants to remain in the playoffs zone, and they need to get back on the winning track. The home side hopes to bounce back in this clash and start a positive streak. On the other hand, Philadelphia loses the pace in the playoffs race, and they need to improve their form. The visitors should enter a victorious run if they want to keep challenging the top-four spot.
Anaheim Ducks – Can they bounce back on the home ice?
The Ducks cannot be happy with their current streak since they lost four times in a row. They suffered two straight overtime defeats at home while being unsuccessful against the Golden Knights and Colorado on the road. Nevertheless, Anaheim still sits in the top-four in the Pacific Division with a 17-11-7 record. The hosts have had a tough schedule recently, and they want to break this run of defeats against an easier opponent. They lost to the Avalanche 4-2 in their latest match, despite John Gibson’s solid .914 save percentage.
John Gibson has been Anaheim’s most productive player with a team-high 18 goals and 31 points. Ryan Getzlaf tops the list of assists with 20 while contributing with a total of 22 points, the same as Sonny Milano. Trevor Zegras has 25 points, while Kevin Shattenkirk is another skater that reached a 20-point mark. Three other players managed to produce 16+ points for the Ducks. On the goal, John Gibson has made 26 appearances, having a .915 save percentage. Anthony Stolarz has also been pretty solid in his ten matches, with 93.2% of saves and allowing 2.13 goals per contest.
Expected Line-Up: John Gibson, Jamie Drysdale, Hampus Lindholm, Adam Henrique, Sam Steel, Troy Terry
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Philadelphia Flyers – Will they put a good road performance?
The Flyers are still searching for consistency since they go to this match after two straight defeats. Those losses came after two wins in a row, and this is going to be the fourth consecutive road game for Philadelphia. The visitors are fifth in the Metropolitan Division with a 13-13-6 record, but they are nine points behind the fourth-placed Penguins. Philadelphia lost away to the Kings 6-3 in their latest match, where Martin Jones had a poor display on the goal with a .848 save percentage.
Claude Giroux has contributed the most in the Flyers’ offense with a total of 29 points, including a team-high 18 assists. Cam Atkinson has produced 23 points, mostly thanks to being Philadelphia’s best scorer with 12 goals. However, no other player managed to contribute with 20 points or more. Travis Konecny has 19 points, while seven other skaters chipped in with a double-digit number of points. On the other hand, Carter Hart spent most of the time on the goal, allowing 2.74 goals per game and having a .918 save percentage.
Expected Line-Up: Martin Jones, Ivan Provorov, Justin Braun, Claude Giroux, James van Riemsdyk, Travis Konecny
Expert Pick #1 – Ducks to win (Inc. OT and Pen.) @-138
Although they lost four times in a row, I see the Ducks being the favorites in this encounter. They faced two tough opponents lately and should be able to bounce back with a win against the unimpressive Flyers on the home ice. I’ll back them as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 5.5 @+100
The Under for the plus money odds seem to bring a very good value for this matchup. It cashed seven times in the Ducks’ last nine matches and in 12 of Philadelphia’s previous 17 outings. The Flyers are struggling in the final third, while Anaheim is pretty good in defense. Give me the Under as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Anaheim Ducks -1.5 @+180
I’ll go with a bit riskier bet as my third pick, backing the hosts to win by at least two goals. The Flyers have had some issues when playing on the road, and Anaheim could take advantage of that. With pretty tempting odds, we might count on nice returns if this pick turns out to be successful.