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11-9-2017 - Expert Prediction

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#11 Vancouver
Canucks
#12 Anaheim
Ducks

Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 10:05pm

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Game Stats

Vancouver Canucks

8 - 7

30-52
ATS
32-37
O/U
2
PPG
2
OPPG

Anaheim Ducks

6 - 9

56-43
ATS
37-40
O/U
2
PPG
2
OPPG

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Vancouver Canucks (8-5-2 SU, 7-8 O-U)
vs Anaheim Ducks (6-6-3 SU, 7-8 O-U)

When: Thursday, Nov. 9th, 10:00 PM ET

Line: VAN +125 / ANA -145

Total: 5.5

The Ducks host the Canucks at the Honda Center on Thursday night. Anaheim has now lost four straight after dropping a close one against Los Angeles on Tuesday night. Vancouver has won two of their last three and continue their lengthy road trip. Anaheim won three out of five meetings last season.

Hovart nets game-winning power play goal over Flames

Vancouver’s defense has been a bit shaky lately giving up three goals in consecutive games, but they’ve won and lost a game in those results. After dropping 3-2 against Detroit, they started a long road trip with a 5-3 win at Calgary. After a 3-3 tie at the end of the second period, the Canucks scored back-to-back goals inside of the fourth minute of the third period. They scored five goals in just 21 SOG and owned a 30-23 faceoff advantage.

Center Bo Horvat at one of the third period goals and has scored six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in his last three games. He followed up one assist against the Red Wings and a whopping one goal and three assists against the Penguins. Goaltender Jacob Markstrom (5-4-2) is the likely starter for this game. He allowed all three goals in 32 shot attempts to finish with a 90.6 save percentage against Calgary.

Gibson, Kase leave Kings defeat with head injuries

Anaheim has been outscored 14-8 in their recent four losses. After dropping to San Jose in a 2-1 shootout, the lost to Los Angeles 4-3 in overtime. It was a heartbreaking defeat as they gave up a 3-1 lead in the second period. They had a 29-21 shots on goal advantage after two periods, but the Kings had a 22-7 advantage in the final period and overtime combined. In a violent game with 16 total penalties, the Kings killed all seven of theirs while the Ducks gave up one in the third.

Center Rickard Rakell had a goal and assist in the latest loss, and he’s had four total points in his last three games (1 goal, 3 assists). Right wing Ondrej Kase suffered a head injury in the previous game and he’s questionable for Thursday. With goaltender John Gibson leaving the Kings game early with a concussion, Ryan Miller (1-0-2) will likely make the start. He came in and made nine saves.

Trends

Canucks are:

  • 4-0 in their last 4 road games
  • 5-0 in their last 5 road games against teams with a home winning percentage of less than 40%

Ducks are:

  • 2-8 in their last 10 games playing on 1 day of rest
  • 0-5 in their last 5 against Western Conference opponents

Anaheim has been beaten up in recent games and they’ve had some tough losses to add. With Vancouver succeeding on the road, go with the away dog in this one.

Pick: VAN +125

Brian Spaen

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