Vancouver Canucks (4-0-0) at Anaheim Ducks (1-3-1)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 23, 2016, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -152 / Vancouver Canucks +123 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Vancouver Canucks continue their road trip in California on Sunday as they travel from Los Angeles to Anaheim to battle the Ducks.
The Vancouver Canucks have been one of the biggest surprises to start the season as they are off to a red hot start and can continue that effort with a strong showing on the road here against the Anaheim Ducks. Vancouver wasn’t expected to be much of a threat in the Pacific division this season and while they did drop a shootout decision at the Staples Center last night they did still earn a point and have looked the part of a playoff team so far and will look for more here against a good Ducks team. Vancouver will start Ryan Miller here as he looks to build on his fast start to the year as he will match up with John Gibson who has emerged as the go to guy for the Ducks.
Anaheim was idle last night and will be well rested heading into tonight’s show down but will need to find a way to get their offense going as Miller posted a shutout in his only start of the season and will be out for an encore here on the road. Anaheim has one of the best rosters in the NHL this season and are considered by many to be a a team to beat in the Western Conference but they have been struggling of late and need to get some of their big guns going soon if they’re going to live up to the hype. Gibson is a young goaltender but has the talent to lead his team to the Cup final and while a show down with Miller could make this an exciting contest I think he gives the Ducks the edge.
The Canucks are 5-1 in their last six overall and 3-8 in their last 11 Sunday games while the Ducks are 1-6 in their last seven overall and 37-14 in their last 51 Sunday games. Anaheim is rested here and catch the Canucks coming off a shootout loss and I think their fortunes continue as Anaheim should be able to grab the win.