Anaheim Ducks (47-18-7) at Vancouver Canucks (34-30-11)
|Date & Time||Saturday March 29, 2014, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +114 / Anaheim Ducks -126 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Ducks look to shake off an overtime loss in Edmonton last night as they head into Vancouver to take on the Canucks at Rogers Arena.
Anaheim heads into action on Saturday night looking to distance themselves from the Chicago Blackhawks in the standings and hold onto the third overall seed in the process. The Ducks failed to pull even with the Sharks atop the Pacific division on Friday night as they managed just a single point against the lowly Oilers but they have a shot at redemption here against a Canucks team whose season remains intact at the moment but is fading away quickly. The Ducks would love to avoid a first round matchup with the Los Angeles Kings but at this rate all of the first round series are going to be tough and taking it in stride will likely be the best approach. Frederik Andersen is slated to get the call for the Ducks as he goes up against Eddie Lack for Vancouver.
The Canucks looked as though they were making a push for one of the final playoff spots in the Western Conference which would completely vindicate an otherwise disastrous season but with just seven games remaining and a five point deficit to overcome things look bleak. The Canucks aren’t a bad team but have been riddled with distractions and injuries this season which has them heading to an early summer which has become an anomaly in Vancouver over the last decade. The Canucks continue to go with Eddie Lack but at this point they really don’t have much of a choice as he has emerged as the starter after both Corey Schneider and Roberto Luongo were sent out of town. While the Canucks are far fetched to make the playoffs I think they ive it their all down to the wire and I like them here as a home dog against a Ducks team playing in a back to back.