NHL Picks: Canucks vs. Ducks Score to Soar 'Over' the Total at Honda Center

Bruce Webster

Monday, November 30, 2015 1:52 PM GMT

Check inside for an NHL odds breakdown of the clash between the Vancouver Canucks & the Anaheim Ducks. Which will be the smartest NHL pick here?

Vancouver Canucks (9-8-6-1 SU, 12-12 PL, 10-8-6 OU) vs Anaheim Ducks (8-11-4-1 SU, 12-12 PL, 8-10-6 OU)
Lines: Anaheim -125/ Vancouver +105
Total: 5

The Vancouver Canucks come in off a tough 3-2 shootout loss to the Dallas Stars on the road, while the Anaheim Ducks enter the game off a 3-2 loss in OT to the Chicago Blackhawks. The Ducks have won nine of the last 12 in the series, but the road team is 6-2 the last eight.

 

Vancouver Loses Tough One In Dallas
The Vancouver Canucks had their chances in Dallas as they outshot the Stars 36-25, but could only come up with goals from Henrik & Daniel Sedin in the 3-2 loss. Henrik Sedin notched his 8th of the year, while Daniel Sedin scored his 11th of the season, while also adding an assist. He leads the team in points with 27, while Henrik is second with 23. The Canucks were shutout in the shootout, with Tyler Seguin scoring the only shootout goal for the stars to get the win.

Taking the loss in the game was Ryan Miller, who is now 7-13 on the year with a 2.48 GAA. He should also get the start in this game and is 4-5 with a 2.34 GAA in his career vs the Ducks. Vancouver has been a solid offensive club this year, ranking 9th in scoring (2.8 gpg), 5th in shots per game (30.9) and 11th in power play conversions (20.5%), while at the defensive end of the ice they are 19th in goals allowed (2.7 gpg) and 23rd in penalty kill (77.6%).

 

Ducks Blow It Late In Loss To Chicago
The Anaheim Ducks got a first period goal from Andrew Cogliano just 1:02 into the game and then in the second period Chris Stewart scored to put them up 2-0 heading into the third. That score held up until Chicago got a goal from Marian Hossa with just 1:31 left in the game to make it 2-1. Duncan Kieth then tied the game with just 27 seconds left in regulation to send the game to OT, where the Blackhawks won it with a goal from Artem Anisimov. A very tough way to lose the game, especially for a struggling team, but those are the things that happen to teams that are struggling.

Taking the loss in the game was John Gibson, who is now 1-2 on the year with a 2.46 GAA. He won his first start this year, but lost the last two, giving up three goals in each of the losses. It is unclear who will get the start in this one as Frederik Andersen has been listed as questionable as he is battling the flu. The Ducks are still a very weak offensive team as they come in 29th in scoring (1.9 gpg) and they are 16th in power play conversions, while on the defensive end of the ice they are 17th in goals allowed (2.7 gpg) and 1st in penalty kill.

 

Trends for Vancouver:
The Over is 5-0-3 in their last eight after scoring two goals or less in their previous game
The Over is 8-3-6 in their last 17 overall

 

Trends for Anaheim:
The Over is 4-0-2 in their last six vs. the Western Conference
The Over is 5-1-3 in their last nine home games

Let’s take a shot at the NHL odds wit the Over in this game for our NHL picks. Neither goalie is having a great year and both teams should at the very least put up two goals each, which would give us at least a push here. Both teams have played many pushes and the Canucks have played more overs than Unders. This is a good spot to expect at least six goals.

Free NHL Pick: Over 5 at BetOnline

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