Although both the Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks were expected to be playoff contenders; with just three games remaining, the Canucks are tied for the most point in the NHL while the Ducks are tied for the third-fewest.

More importantly for Tuesday’s matchup, the two teams are trending in opposite directions. The Vancouver Canucks have won six straight and carry the league’s longest winning streak into the meeting. Meanwhile, the Ducks have lost three of four and seven of 11. 

The lone caveat here is that Vancouver sometimes plays half asleep against bad teams, so keep that in mind before laying the big juice. 

Tuesday, April 3rd

NHL odds: Canucks -170 


The Anaheim Ducks can win because… 

The Canucks don’t always bring their ‘A’ game when playing teams below .500. Sure, they’ve won six straight but let’s take at look at a few of their losses before that. 

Mikael SammuelsonOn March 19th, the Canucks choked 2-0 to the Minnesota Wild as a -220 favorite. On March 10th they lost 4-1 at home to Montreal as -250 favorite. On March 6th, they lost as a -230 home favorite to Dallas and on March 3rd they lost as -215 home favorite over Buffalo. 

In total, if you bet the Canucks each time they were favored by -200 in the month of March alone, you’d be down -8.15 units. 

Anaheim is struggling but one has to be conscious of the Canucks feeble track record in these situations. 

The Vancouver Canucks can win because… 

They’re red hot right now and are fighting for home-ice advantage in the playoffs. A couple of weeks ago, it looks like the St. Louis Blues had run away with the Western Conference title and were left fighting the New York Rangers for the Presidents’ Trophy. But both teams have labored while the Canucks have strung together six straight wins to put themselves in position to win both. 

The Canucks were sparked by an injury to leading scorer Daniel Sedin, who is still out. He was knocked out with an illegal hit by Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith and since then, the Canucks have sprung to life.

Everyone knows about the Canucks depth and that is what’s really shining these days. Andrew Ebbetts scored the game-winning goal against Calgary on Saturday and that’s after Maxim Lapierre’s goal and two assists keyed a win over Dallas on Friday. On defense, Andrew Alberts has been outstanding as the team plays without Kevin Bieksa. 

They’re clicking on all cylinders right now and they’ll get a Ducks team that’s at the virtual opposite end of the spectrum. They’ve lost three of four, which includes a home loss to Edmonton on Sunday. They’ve now been outscored 6-1 in their last two losses. Unless Vancouver overlooks this game, the Ducks are dead in the water. 

Outlook & NHL betting prediction: 

Betting the Canucks in situations like this has not been a profitable proposition this season. As a matter of fact, it’s turned out to be very costly. 

With that in mind, we’ll look towards the total and given how much Anaheim has struggled to score recently – 2.36 goals per game in March – combined with the fact that they have nothing to play for, we’ll look for this game to go under. 

NHL Picks: Under

I have four other plays in my NHL picks for tonight, be sure to check them out.