The Honda Center will be the site for a divisional showdown as the Vancouver Canucks pay a visit to the Anaheim Ducks. The opening face-off is at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 9, and fans at home will be able to see the game live on Sportsnet Pacific.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks Odds
Anaheim (-150) is currently favored over Vancouver (+130), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-130 to bet the under, +110 for the over).
Vancouver is 8-7 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 3.3 units this season. Eight of its matches have gone under the total, while seven have gone over and none have pushed. This 2017-18 Canucks team is 5-1 SU on the road.
Vancouver has converted on 16.4 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked 22nd overall, and it has successfully killed off 79.6 percent of its penalties.
The Nucks, as a collective unit, have been called for penalties 4.1 times per game this season. Last year, that figure was the fourth-best mark in the league at 3.2 penalties per game. After serving an average of 7.9 penalty minutes per game a season ago the team has had to kill penalties for a noteworthy 11.2 minutes per outing this year.
Averaging 25.8 saves per game with a .917 save percentage, Jacob Markstrom (5-7-2) has been the top option in goal for Vancouver this season. If it chooses to rest him, however, head coach Travis Green could turn to Anders Nilsson (3-1 record, .943 save percentage, 1.89 goals against average).
Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat will both lead the way for the visiting Canucks. Boeser (14 points) is up to five goals and nine assists, and has recorded two or more points three times. Horvat has six goals and seven assists to his credit, and has logged at least one point in six games.
On the other bench, Anaheim is 6-9 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. Eight of its contests have gone under the total, while seven have gone over and none have pushed. The team’s 3-6 SU at home this season.
The Ducks have converted on just 10.6 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that places them in the bottom overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked sixth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 85.1 percent of all opponent power plays.
Anaheim players have been whistled for penalties 5.3 times per game this season. Last year, that number was at 4.6, the worst mark in the NHL. After serving an average of 12.0 penalty minutes per game a season ago the team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays for 13.1 minutes per outing this year.
John Gibson has stopped 28.8 shots per game as the top selection in goal for the Ducks. Gibson has five wins, eight losses, and two overtime losses and has recorded a .914 save percentage and 2.97 goals against average this year.
The Ducks offense will be led by Rickard Rakell (six goals, five assists).
Vancouver Canucks at Anaheim Ducks Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Ducks, O/U – Over
The total has gone over in three of Anaheim’s last five games.
Vancouver has managed 30.6 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Anaheim has been attempting 34.8 shots per game over its last five at home.
Anaheim has allowed 3.5 goals per game, while managing just 2.0 per contest, on its four-game losing skid.
Over Vancouver’s last ten games, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-2 in those games).
The Ducks this season have recorded the fourth-most hits per game (24.7).
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