The Anaheim Ducks are a lot like that old Bruce Springsteen tune. They are still living in their long-ago glory days. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, key players on Anaheim’s lone Stanley Cup championship squad in 2006-07, continue to remain cornerstone players for the franchise, more than a decade after they achieved Stanley Cup glory.
Randy Carlyle, coach of that 2006-07 Anaheim Cup winner, had been the coach of the team during the 2018-19 season. He was brought back for a second tour behind the bench to see if the Ducks could relive those glory days, but Carlyle was finally put out of his misery, fired while the club was in the midst of a horrific 2-19 slump.
Bob Murray, GM of the team, took over behind the bench, which seemed an appropriate choice, since he’d had a significant hand in manufacturing the mess on the ice in front of him. The Ducks are a big, old, slow-moving team in what’s become a young, fast-paced NHL.
Anaheim locked up goaltender John Gibson to a long-term deal last summer that will see him stay with the club until he’s 36. Gibson is an all-star, perhaps the best goalie in the NHL, but with such a shoddy team in front of him, there’s not much he can do most nights other than to strive to keep the scoreline close.
Where the Ducks go from here is anyone’s guess. The young players expected to be the core of the future of the franchise – forwards Rickard Rakell and Jakub Silfverberg and defensemen Hampus Lindholm and Cam Fowler – appear to have either plateaued or regressed along their career paths.
With such an uncertain path, wagering on the Ducks can prove to be a challenging proposal. Anaheim was a terrible play at home or away in 2018-19, and weren’t consistent as an over or under wager, either. The best bet when betting on the Ducks is probably to bet on their opponent.
One place to do that is PointsBet. You’ll find all the traditional forms of match wagering here – puck line, moneyline and total – but the array of offerings of in-game live betting is impressive. You can make a play on whether a team will lead on the scoreboard from wire to wire, or come from behind to snatch the win. You can also wager on whether the game will go to a shootout, which team will score first in each period and at what time those goals will be netted.