The Vancouver Canucks host the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday at the Rogers Arena in Vancover, British, Columbia with the opening face-off slated for 10:05 PM ET. According to NHL betting odds the Ducks are a -130 money line road favorite and the posted total is 5.5. Anaheim has won the last 4 meetings versus Vancouver. These teams have seen 11 of their last 15 meetings go over the total, including 5 of the last 6 played at Vancouver. The Canucks are currently 5th in the Pacific Division, and 10th overall in the Western Conference. Anaheim is 2nd in the Pacific, and 3rd overall in the West.
Final Playoff Push
Vancouver finds themselves 5-points behind the Phoenix Coyotes for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 7-games left to play in the regular season. The good news is that 6 of their final 7-games will be on home ice. Tonight will be the 1st of a 5-game in 13-day home stand for the Canucks. They're coming off a 3-2 overtime loss at Colorado on Thursday. Despite the loss the Canucks have earned at least 1-point in each of their last 4-games. The Canucks have been their own worst enemy in their quest to make the playoffs. They've gone a dismal 11-24 versus the money line in their last 35-games, including 3-16 in the last 19 versus an opponent with a winning record.
the Division Crown
The Ducks enter tonight 1-point behind the Pacific Division leading San Jose Sharks. Anaheim controls their own fate in that regard since they have 2-games in hand on San Jose. Tonight will be the final of a 3-game in 4-day road trip for the Ducks. They're coming off a 4-3 overtime loss at Edmonton last night. The Ducks have gone a stellar 22-7 versus the money line in the last 29 when playing the 3rd game in 4-days. The Ducks are 14-5 in their last 19-games on the road, and are 8-1 this season following a road game in which both teams scored 3-goals or more.
NHL Betting System
Any money line home underdog of between +100 to +200 that's playing their 4th game in 7-days, versus an opponent playing their 3rd road game in the last 4-days, has gone 27-11 (71.1%) over the last 5 seasons.
Free Pick: Vancouver +110 over Anaheim