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Vegas Golden Knights at Anaheim Ducks odds, picks and prediction

Apr 18, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler (4) and Vegas Golden Knights left wing William Carrier (28) battle in front of the net in the second period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Vegas Golden Knights (33-11-2) travel to meet the Anaheim Ducks (14-26-7) Saturday with a 9 p.m. ET puck drop at Honda Center. Below, we analyze the Golden Knights-Ducks odds and lines, with NHL picks and predictions.

The Golden Knights won 5-2 over the San Jose Sharks for their eighth straight win, tying a franchise record. They also became the first NHL team to clinch a playoff spot.

The Ducks have dropped three in a row since sweeping the San Jose Sharks in the Bay Area April 12-14. Anaheim has been outscored 13-3 during the three-game skid.

Vegas swept a two-game set in Anaheim April 16-18, outscoring the Ducks 9-2. VGK has won six of the first seven meetings between the two clubs.

Golden Knights at Ducks: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 6:40 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: Golden Knights -275 (bet $275 to win $100) | Ducks +220 (bet $100 to win $220)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Golden Knights -1.5 (+100) | Ducks +1.5 (-120)
  • Over/Under: 5.5 (O: -105 | U: -115)

Golden Knights at Ducks: Projected starting goalies

Robin Lehner (11-1-2, 2.11 GAA, .919 SV%, 1 SO) vs. John Gibson (8-16-6, 2.98 GAA, .903 SV%, 3 SO)

Lehner has won five consecutive starts, including a 16-save shutout in his most recent meeting with the Ducks in Anaheim on April 16. He is 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .947 SV% in two outings against the Ducks this season.

Gibson has lost four consecutive starts, all at home, and he hasn’t won on home ice in each of his past seven starts since March 8 against the Los Angeles Kings.

He has allowed four goals in each of his past three outings, and the Ducks offense has provided just three total goals of support which isn’t a good combination.

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Golden Knights at Ducks: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Golden Knights 4, Ducks 1

Money line (ML)

The Golden Knights (-275) will cost you nearly three times your potential return, and that’s too much risk even in a mismatch on paper.

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Against the spread (ATS)

The GOLDEN KNIGHTS -1.5 (+100) are a much better play at even money.

Vegas has doubled up Anaheim 24-12 in their previous seven meetings this season, with VGK covering in each of the past two outings. They outscored the Ducks 9-2 in the two-game set in Anaheim, both against Gibson.

Overall, Vegas has won 16 of the last 19 meetings, including their past four skates on The Pond in Anaheim. The favorite is also 13-3 in the previous 16 meetings.

Over/Under (O/U)

The UNDER 5.5 (-115) is 4-1 in the past five for VGK, and the Under is 15-7-1 across their past 23 games on the road.

The Under is also 6-1 in the past seven games overall for the Ducks, while cashing in four of their past five at home.

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