6* Saturday NHL ANA/VAN
Anaheim vs. Vancouver,
01/19/2013 22:00 EDT,
Score: 7 - 3
Money Line: +160 Anaheim
The Vancouver Canucks host the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. The teams split their season series a year ago.
Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are both playing for new contracts this season, and they’ll look to get the year started with a bang against one of the premier teams in the Western Conference.
The team finished strong in the second-half of last season, largely due to the change made behind the bench, with Bruce Boudreau bringing an energy that the team was sorely lacking. The club brought in veteran defensemen Sheldon Souray and Bryan Allen to strengthen their back end in the offseason.
Roberto Luongo has one foot out the door in Vancouver, with rumors swirling around the club that the veteran netminder will be shipped out of town very soon. The goaltending soap opera in Vancouver has dominated recent headlines and the team will undoubtedly be affected by what's transpired in recent weeks.
The Canucks are also dealing with some major injuries, and will be without key contributors Ryan Kesler and David Booth for this contest.
The Canucks have lost four of their last five season openers. Take Anaheim.
6* Play on Anaheim Ducks +160