The Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks meet Sunday in NHL action at the Honda Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Andrei Kuzmenko leads Vancouver with 34 goals, Quinn Hughes has 56 assists and Elias Pettersson has 214 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 68.2 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Thatcher Demko has given up 72 goals on 686 shots faced, and Spencer Martin has allowed 107 goals on 830 shots.
The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Trevor Zegras leads Anaheim with 22 goals, Cam Fowler has 33 assists and Frank Vatrano has 192 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 4 goals per game and are killing 72.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. John Gibson has given up 173 goals on 1,749 shots faced, and Anthony Stolarz has allowed 51 goals on 494 shots.
The Canucks are 4-12 in their last 16 road games and 18-47 in their last 65 games playing on 0 days rest. The Ducks are 17-35 in their last 52 home games and 27-66 in their last 93 overall. The over is 18-8-5 in Canucks last 31 overall. The over is 19-9-2 in Ducks last 30 overall. The Canucks are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Anaheim and 5-12 in the last 17 meetings.
The Vancouver Canucks have been the better team this season and should be favored, but they're also on the end of a back to back and don't win on the road. The Anaheim Ducks are at home and will have the rest advantage. There's value in the plus money, even if backing the Ducks in any shape or form isn't ideal.