NHL Picks Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 4:22 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 4:22 PM GMT

The Ducks host the Canucks on Wednesday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California with the opening puck drop slated for 10:35 PM ET. Let's find our NHL value picks for this match-up as our handicapper breaks down the odds.

Vancouver Canucks @ Anaheim Ducks

According to NHL betting odds Anaheim is a -160 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. Anaheim has won 4 of the last 5 meetings between these two clubs. These teams have seen just 6 of their last 22 meetings stay under the total.

The Mighty Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks have been absolutely on fire winning the last 7, and 17 of their last 18-games. In addition they’ve earned at least 1-point in 21 of the last 22, and 25 of their last 27-games. The Ducks have also won 9 consecutive home games, and earned at least 1-point in all 21 contests played at the Honda center this season. They last played on Saturday, and were a 1-0 home winner over Detroit. Jonas Hiller stopped all 22 of Detroit’s shots on goal to earn his 3rd shutout of the season. The 1-0 win snapped a string of 6 consecutive games going over the total for Anaheim. The Ducks lead the Pacific Division by 11-points over the 2nd place San Jose Sharks, and are 1st overall in the Western Conference.

Canucks in a Tailspin

Vancouver enters tonight’s Pacific Division battle having lost 6 of their last 7 versus the money line. On a positive note they were able to earn at least 1-point in 3 of those 6-losses which they sustained in overtime. They last played on Monday in 1-0 loss at Los Angeles. The Canucks have really struggled versus opponents within their own division losing 16 of their last 22-games in that role. Vancouver has gone over the total in just 12 of their last 51-games versus Western Conference opponents. The Canucks are the best penalty killing team in the NHL with an 89.7% efficiency rating, and are 6th best in the league allowing just 2.3 goals per game.

NHL Betting System

Any home team with a total of 5.5 that comes off a shutout win in their previous game, versus an opponent that’s seen a combined 3-goals or less scored in each of their last 2-games, has seen 23 of those 28-games (82.1%) go under the total since the beginning of the 1996-1997 season. We'll count on those stats to hold up and take the under in our NHL picks for this match-up.

Free Pick: Vancouver/Anaheim to go under the total of 5.5

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