Vancouver Canucks (8-5-2) at Anaheim Ducks (6-6-3)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 9, 2017, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -150 / Vancouver Canucks +136 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Anaheim Ducks look for a divisional home ice win as they welcome the Vancouver Canucks to the Honda Center on Thursday evening.
The Canucks look to continue their surprising start to the season as they take to the road to face off against an Anaheim Ducks side that learned they will be without Ryan Getzlaf for the foreseeable future after having surgery and could be reeling after losing one of their best players and team captain. The Canucks though came into this season expecting a long year that would ultimately result in a top end draft pick as they simply don’t have the talent that most of the others do in a competitive Western Conference, and with the Sedin twins seemingly wrapping up their careers soon it looked as though this was going to be a rebuild for the Canucks. However, they are off to a fast start and part of that has to do with the play of Jacob Markstrom who is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Ryan Miller who takes on his former team.
The Ducks meanwhile came into the season expecting big things after their disappointing playoff exit in the Western Conference finals a season ago, but they were dealt a huge blow with the loss of Getzlaf and they will need someone to step up and fill the void. Anaheim has one of the best blue lines in the league and with Miller and John Gibson splitting the goaltending duties this looks like a team that can change their identity and play in tight, low scoring contests and hope their offense can do enough instead of playing in shootouts.
The Canucks are 5-1 in their last six games on the road and 2-9 in their last 11 against the Pacific while the Ducks are 40-19 in their last 59 against division rivals and winless in their last five against the West. This could make for an exciting game but the Ducks are still a class ahead and with Miller in a revenge spot I think he gets it done as Anaheim gets the win.