In what promises to be a "beastly" matchup, the Ducks from Anaheim are set to host the Coyotes from Arizona in an NHL regular season game.
The Anaheim Ducks are showing a drive for victory, successfully breaking a two-match losing streak with a recent win against the Vegas Golden Knights. Currently occupying the seventh spot in the Pacific Division, the team is striving to improve its position. Despite trailing the division leaders, Anaheim exhibits signs of improvement in their play. In their match against Vegas, Anaheim drilled in 4 goals within the first period, establishing a substantial lead.
Despite Vegas' efforts in the second period, Anaheim along with their goaltender John Gibson managed to retain the lead and secure the victory. This season, Anaheim ranks 29th in the league for total goals scored and 22nd for total goals conceded. They also showcase average performance in both power play and penalty kill scenarios. However, this recent triumph may provide the necessary boost for the team, aiming to enhance their performance and climb the leaderboard.
The Arizona Coyotes display impressive results, winning 5 out of their last 6 matches, including a recent overtime victory against the Colorado Avalanche. The team showcased remarkable resilience, overcoming a four-goal deficit against the Western Conference leaders to secure a 5:4 win. In this match, the Coyotes unleashed a powerful offensive attack, scoring 5 unanswered goals, 3 of which came in the third period.
The Coyotes hold the fourth spot in the Central Division, rank 15th in the league for average goals per game and confidently stand 11th for both defensive efficiency and power play performance. Notably, the Coyotes are particularly strong in home games, as supported by their victories over Colorado and Ottawa.
In the last 10 encounters, each competitor boasts 5 victories. However, Anaheim has managed to snatch points in 8 of these 10 meetings. In their most recent match on November 1st, Anaheim clinched an overtime victory with a scoreline of 4:3.
At home, the Ducks have only 6 victories in their opening 18 matches, which clearly indicates their struggle. However, Anaheim confidently defeated a tough Vegas side, deciding the game within the first period. On the other hand, Arizona went through a staggering match and won, bouncing back from a 0:4 deficit - they could potentially hand the Ducks a defeat. Anaheim trails the Predators by 12 points and is last in the playoff race, occupying the 29th spot in the league for average goals scored.