The Anaheim Ducks open up the New Year against their Pacific Divison Rivals, the Arizona Coyotes.
A new year might mean a fresh start for everyone else, but the Anaheim Ducks are right in the middle of their season and they have to make the most of what is left of 2019-20. Tonight, they start the New Year just as they started the new season, against the Arizona Coyotes.
For the first time since being traded to Arizona, the Anaheim Ducks will have to face an already ferocious Coyote’s team with the addition of Taylor Hall. The Yotes have lost against difficult teams lately, but have still been a formidable opponent. If the Ducks have any hope of winning or even being competitive tonight, they have to put the first half of the season behind them and go into the second half of the year with a new strategy.
John Gibson‘s recent comments, calling out his own team, are sure to be a wake-up call to those on the team who are just, pun intended, skating by. Whether they win or lose tonight doesn’t matter. What we need to see is some sort of improvement, because, after last season and the first half of this season, that’s all the fans really want.
Everything You Need to Know Before Puck Drop
Game 41: Anaheim Ducks vs Arizona Coyotes
Season Record: 16-19-5
Location: Gila River Arena— Pheonix, Arizona
Time: 6:00pm PST
TV: Fox Sports West
Tickets: You can get all of your last minute tickets for tonight’s game from our friends at StubHub for as low as $23.
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Anaheim Ducks Betting Odds & Lines
Anaheim Ducks: +151
Arizona Coyotes: -175
The Arizona Coyotes are the favorite for tonight’s game, and rightfully so. According to the Action Network, they’re sitting at -175 on the money line. The team has been comfortable in one of the Pacific Divison’s top three spots for a good portion of the season. They’ve had their share of struggles, but they’ve chosen to rise above and keep pressing forward, a great mental attitude that the Anaheim Ducks should adopt. However, despite being the favorite for tonight’s game, the Anaheim Ducks have had success against teams that they rightfully shouldn’t have. A new year could give their spirits the extra boost they need to be the underdogs that come out on top.
Anaheim Ducks Projected Lineup
The Anaheim Ducks projected lineup has been provided by NHL.com and is subject to change:
Starting Goaltender: John Gibson
Backup Goaltender: Ryan Miller
Arizona Coyotes Projected Lineup
The Arizona Coyotes projected lineup has been provided by NHL.com and is subject to change:
Starting Goaltender: Antti Raanta
Backup Goaltender: Adin Hill
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