Anaheim Ducks vs. Vancouver Canucks Free Preview

In their fourth and final head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Anaheim Ducks and the Vancouver Canucks meet at Rogers Arena in a Pacific Division showdown. This one gets started at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 27 and it can be viewed live on Sportsnet Pacific.

Anaheim Ducks at Vancouver Canucks Odds

Anaheim (-220) is currently the favorite over Vancouver (+180), and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-135 under, +115 over).

Anaheim is 39-37 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. 45 of its games have gone under the total, while 30 have gone over and just one has pushed. This 2017-18 Ducks team is 17-22 SU on the road.

Anaheim has converted on just 17.5 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s ranked 23rd in the NHL. Having said that, it has the fifth-best penalty kill in the league, and it’s successfully killed off 83.1 percent of all penalties.

The Ducks, as a collective unit, have been penalized 4.3 times per game this season, and 2.8 per game over its last five road outings. The teams had to kill penalties just 8.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Averaging 29.3 saves per game with a .926 save percentage, John Gibson (31-26-8) has been the top option in goal for Anaheim this year. If head coach Randy Carlyle chooses to rest him, however, the team may go with Ryan Miller (10-14-6), who has a .926 save percentage and 2.49 goals against average this year.

he visiting Ducks will be led by Rickard Rakell and Ryan Getzlaf. Rakell has 65 points on 31 goals and 34 assists, and has recorded multiple points 19 times. Getzlaf has 11 goals and 46 assists to his name (and has notched at least one point in 31 games).

On the other side of the rink, Vancouver is 27-49 straight up (SU) and has lost 13.7 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 76 regular season outings, 42 of its games have gone over the total, while 34 have gone under and none have pushed. It’s 12-24 SU at home this year.

The Canucks have converted on 21.7 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s good enough for ninth-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 21st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.9 percent of all penalties.

Canucks players have been penalized 3.8 times per game in total this season, and 3.2 per game over their last five home outings. The teams been forced to kill penalties just 6.4 minutes per contest over their last five home games.

Jacob Markstrom has stopped 26.5 shots per game as the top netminder in goal for the Canucks. Markstrom has 20 wins, 36 losses, and seven OT losses to his credit and has recorded a .911 save percentage and 2.75 goals against average this year.

Brock Boeser (29 goals, 26 assists) will pace the offensive counter for the Canucks.

Anaheim Ducks at Vancouver Canucks Free Picks

Prediction: SU Winner – Canucks, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • Over Vancouver’s last ten outings, eight of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-6 in those games).
  • The Canucks are 10-12 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 16-36 when they serve fewer than 10 penalty minutes, in total.
  • Vancouver is 0-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while Anaheim is 4-7 in shootouts.
  • The total has gone under in three of Vancouver’s last five games.
  • Vancouver skaters have averaged 7.8 giveaways over its last five home games, its season average of 8.2 giveaways per game (ranked 8th overall).
  • Anaheim is ranked 23rd this season with 10.3 giveaways per game. That figure has trended higher lately, as it’s averaged 11.9 giveaways over its last 10 games and 12.8 giveaways over its last five.
  • Anaheim skaters have accounted for the leagues fifth-most hits per game (24.0), but the teams recorded just 19.0 hits over their last five away games.