Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks - 12/1/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Anaheim Ducks (11-8-4) at Vancouver Canucks (10-11-2)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Arena)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks / Anaheim Ducks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks square off late Thursday night in a NHL matchup at the Rogers Arena.
The Anaheim Ducks look for some sort of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Ducks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 22.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Rickard Rakell leads Anaheim with nine goals, Ryan Kesler has 10 assists and Jakob Silfverberg has 59 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 82.7 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 40 goals on 455 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 14 goals on 208 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have won nine straight games when allowing two or less goals.
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The Vancouver Canucks also look for a bounce back victory after splitting their last 12 games. The Canucks are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 14.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Bo Horvat leads Vancouver with eight goals, Daniel Sedin has eight assists and Brandon Sutter has 58 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 31 goals on 316 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed 33 goals on 364 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 12 games.
The Ducks are 35-16 in their last 51 vs. Western Conference and 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games. The Canucks are 16-37 in their last 53 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The Ducks are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Vancouver and 12-5 in the last 17 meetings overall.
Both of these teams have struggled with consistency as of late and the meetings between the Ducks and Canucks are usually quite close and four of the last 10 games have gone into extra time. The difference in this game for me is how much better the Canucks play at home compared to the road, as seven of Vancouver's 10 wins this season have come on their home ice. So, in a game that's sure going to be tight, I have to give the edge to the Canucks at home.