In their second head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Anaheim Ducks and the Vancouver Canucks meet at Rogers Arena in a divisional showdown. The opening face-off is at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 2, and fans at home can catch the game live on Sportsnet Pacific.
Anaheim Ducks at Vancouver Canucks Odds
Anaheim (-125) is currently the favorite over Vancouver (+105), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -135 for the under and +115 for the over.
Anaheim is 18-22 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.0 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 40 regular season outings, 25 of its games have gone under the total, while 14 have gone over and just one has pushed. As the road team this season, the Ducks are 8-11 SU.
Anaheim has converted on just 17.1 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is ranked 11th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.3 percent of all penalties.
The Ducks, as a collective unit, have been penalized 4.5 times per game overall during the 2017-18 season, and 2.4 per game over its last five on the road. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays just 6.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Averaging 30.1 saves per game with a .922 save percentage, John Gibson (13-18-5) has been the top option in goal for Anaheim this season. If it decides to give him a rest, however, Anaheim could turn to Ryan Miller (4-6-4 record, .928 save percentage, 2.23 goals against average).
Rickard Rakell and Adam Henrique will both lead the way for the visiting Ducks. Rakell has 29 points via 14 goals and 15 assists, and has recorded multiple points seven times. Henrique has eight goals and 14 assists to his nameand has logged at least one point in 17 games.
Vancouver is 16-23 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.5 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 39 regular season outings, 23 of its games have gone over the total, while 16 have gone under and none have pushed. The team is 7-14 SU at home this year.
The Canucks have converted on 21.2 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 30th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 77.0 percent of all opponent power plays.
Canucks players have been whistled for penalties 4.0 times per game in total this season, 3.8 per game over their past five outings total, and 4.0 per game over their last five home outings. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays just 8.2 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Jacob Markstrom (26.5 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for the Canucks. Markstrom has 10 wins, 18 losses, and four overtime losses to his credit and has maintained a subpar .906 save percentage and 2.79 goals against average this season.
The home team will be led on offense by Brock Boeser (21 goals, 17 assists).
Anaheim Ducks at Vancouver Canucks Betting Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Canucks, O/U – Under
Over Vancouver’s last ten outings, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 1-6 in those games).
The Ducks are 14-10 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Canucks are 9-9 SU when they spend more time in the box than the opposition.
Anaheim (2-4 in shootouts) has more experience this season in games decided by shootout. Vancouver is winless in two shootouts this year.
The total has gone over in four of Vancouver’s last five games.
Vancouver has averaged 9.6 giveaways over its last five home games, its season average of 9.3 giveaways per game (ranked 14th in the league).
Anaheim has averaged 6.8 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 10.4 giveaways per game (ranked 22nd overall).
Anaheim skaters have given out the league’s eighth-most hits per game (23.3).
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