Anaheim Ducks vs. Carolina Hurricanes Pick
To beat the Lightning, the Ducks used the same formula that made them a contender for several years. They got physical with them and limited them to only 1 goal. That’s the best scoring team in the league that they neutralized, so it was an impressive showing that went largely unnoticed. The Ducks did the same thing the next night, with a 3-2 win in Sunrise.
Major kudos should be going to the goaltending as well. John Gibson has been solid this season, with a GAA of 2.54 and 0.927 save percentage. He just needs some goal support, but it’s been difficult to come by in Anaheim. The Ducks have averaged only 2.22 goals per game to put them next to last, 30th, in scoring this season. Their effort on the road has yielded just 2.08 per game.
McElhinney is coming off his flawless performance looking for more against a bad Anaheim offence. With the outstanding performance, his GAA is sitting nicely at 2.21, along with a 0.93 save percentage. He’s allowed 1 goal in three of his previous four games. In the other game, McElhinney gave up just 2 goals to the high-powered Maple Leafs.
He was good when he got his chances in Toronto last season. Finishing with a 2.14 GAA in eighteen appearances got him the boot, though Sparks has been playing well as a backup for the Leafs. The Ducks have gone 19-8 and the Hurricanes 16-8 to the UNDER. In their previous meeting in December of 2017, the Ducks won 3-2. I suspect a similar game with a score of 3-2 the end result. The UNDER looks like it should be in play on Friday night in Raleigh.