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Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks - 1/2/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Anaheim Ducks (18-14-8) at Vancouver Canucks (16-18-5)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Arena)

The Line: Vancouver Canucks +121 / Anaheim Ducks -134 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSWHD, RSNE

The Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.

The Anaheim Ducks look for another victory after winning four of their last five games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Rickard Rakell leads Anaheim with 14 goals, Ryan Getzlaf has 18 assists and Corey Perry has 64 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.3 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 79 goals on 1,012 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed 20 goals on 276 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or more goals in five of their last eight games.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks - 1/2/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Vancouver Canucks could use a win here after losing nine of their last 11 games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Boeser leads Vancouver with 21 goals, Henrik Sedin has 24 assists and Thomas Vanek has 79 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 77 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 77 goals on 819 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 39 goals on 413 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 11 games.

The Ducks are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 6-13 in their last 19 vs. Western Conference and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Canucks are 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, 7-26 in their last 33 home games and 23-49 in their last 72 overall. The Ducks are 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in Vancouver, 15-7 in the last 22 meetings and the under is 3-0-2 in the last 5 meetings.

The Vancouver Canucks are damn near unbackable right now, as the losses are piling up left and right, the defense isn't playing well and playing at home hasn't helped much. While the Ducks have defensive issues of their own, they did finish the month of September strong and have owned the Canucks in past meetings. I'll take the Anaheim Ducks and the rather cheap price based on the form of these clubs.

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