Kraken vs. Ducks NHL Betting Picks and Prediction for Dec. 23, 2023

Kraken vs. Ducks NHL – On Saturday afternoon at Honda Center and broadcasted via ESPN+ will take place an intriguing matchup in NHL regular-season action between Seattle Kraken and Anaheim Ducks in an NHL regular season game. Both clubs, struggling in their respective standings, will look for vital points from this encounter – the Kraken trying to stop an 0-5 skid over five games while Ducks have fared slightly better with a 3-2 record over their recent outings. NHL betting picks enthusiasts will surely find this an intriguing event.

Seattle Kraken vs. Anaheim Ducks

Date & Time: Saturday, December 23, 2023, at 8:00 PM ET

Location: Honda Center


Seattle Kraken vs. Anaheim Ducks Betting Odds


Seattle Kraken Analysis

The Seattle Kraken’s offensive front has been an unpredictable mix of occasional brilliance and inconsistency, contributing to their 10-14-9 record. Led by Oliver Bjorkstrand – with 10 goals and 16 assists – they have shown the ability to generate scoring opportunities; however converting these chances into goals has proven challenging; Bjorkstrand and Eeli Tolvanen’s sharpshooting abilities (exhibited by an 11.9% shooting percentage) offer hope while Vince Dunn’s defensive line contributions contribute significantly towards offense – especially during power plays.

Defense wise, the Kraken have placed great faith in goaltender Joey Daccord’s remarkable save percentage of 0.905; however, their team has struggled to consistently prevent high-quality scoring chances from their opponents despite Daccord’s best efforts in goal. Daccord’s performance has been commendable while his defense must step up, especially when clearing rebounds or blocking shots. Their defensive strategy should consist of tightening their play in their own zone while decreasing turnovers and breaking up offensive plays by Ducks opponents. Strengthening defensive cohesion will be key for the Kraken to defend off their opponents, and remain competitive.

Anaheim Ducks Analysis

Anaheim Ducks’ offense has shown some promising signs, primarily led by Frank Vatrano’s 14 goals to date and playmaking abilities of Mason McTavish and Troy Terry. With these pieces coming together, their offense can make itself capable of dismantling opposing defenses; especially McTavish with his 15.9% shooting percentage has been impressive. For maximum effectiveness against Kraken defenses, Anaheim needs to use their offensive strength during power play situations to capitalize on Kraken weaknesses.

On defense, the Ducks have relied on goaltender John Gibson’s ability and resilience in goal this season; his 0.906 save percentage speaks to this. But for their defense to succeed against Kraken’s attacks they will need to become more disciplined at limiting opponent shots and managing high-danger scoring chances; sometimes this has led to an increase in shots against Gibson; in order to effectively clear away pucks from their zone and limit turnovers in defense. Gibson could be the key to stopping the Kraken’s offensive efforts and sealing victory in this matchup. 

Seattle Kraken vs. Anaheim Ducks Against the Spread

The Kraken are just 1-4 against the spread (ATS) over their last five contests but they play extremely well on the road, going 11-5 ATS in away matchups this season. The Ducks are an even 3-2 ATS in their previous five games but they have struggled at home ATS, going just 6-9. Considering Seattle’s road dominance ATS and Anaheim’s home troubles, the smart play is to take the Kraken against the number.

Seattle Kraken vs. Anaheim Ducks Free Pick

Based on trends, team stats, and key players, here are the picks:

Moneyline: Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks’ slightly better recent form and home advantage give them the edge.

Spread: Seattle Kraken. Seattle has played extremely well in road contests this year while Anaheim has struggled at home.

Total: Over. Both of these teams have seen the over hit frequently this year. Considering the Kraken offense facing the Ducks weak defense and both goalies having subpar numbers, goals should be expected.

Predicted Score: Anaheim Ducks 4, Seattle Kraken 3

In conclusion, this game presents an interesting scenario for bettors. While the Ducks seem to have the upper hand for a Moneyline bet, the Kraken’s resilience on the road makes them a good choice against the spread. As sports betting in Canada continues to grow, this matchup offers a unique opportunity for insightful betting strategies.