Canucks vs. Ducks Odds, Preview, Prediction: Back Visiting Vancouver in NHL Showdown (Nov. 14)
Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images. Pictured: Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jaroslav Halak.
- Anaheim hosts Vancouver for some late-night NHL action on Sunday.
- The Ducks have won six straight and face a Canucks squad that's dropped three in a row.
- Grant White breaks down the game and gives his top pick, below.
Canucks vs. Ducks Odds
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The suddenly surging Anaheim Ducks host the struggling Vancouver Canucks on Sunday in NHL action.
The Ducks have won six games in a row, while the Canucks have lost three consecutive outings and four of their last five overall.
That said, can Vancouver change course against scorching Anaheim?
The Canucks have been bad over their recent few games, but the wheels fell completely off the wagon in the past couple of outings. On Saturday, Vancouver dropped a 7-4 decision to the Vegas Golden Knights, making it a cumulative 14-5 deficit over their past two games.
The outcomes have been bad, but the advanced metrics support the idea of greener pastures awaiting the Canucks.
Vancouver has posted an expected goals-for percentage below 50% in 10 of 15 games this season. However, three of those positive outings have occurred over their past six games. During that span, the Canucks have out-possessed and out-shot their opponents in five of six games, while getting out-chanced in scoring and high-danger chances just once.
Saturday’s contest is a good indicator of what to expect from the Canucks over their coming games, as their output catches up with production metrics.
Goaltender Jaroslav Halak is the expected starter, as the Canucks play on a second consecutive night. Halak has been a serviceable starter, posting a 91.0% save percentage. The Slovakian netminder has dropped all three decisions, as Vancouver has only scored four goals across his three starts. Halak’s efforts will be rewarded as the team’s offense starts to heat up.
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The Ducks are running hot right now. They’ve won six in a row and moved to second in the Pacific Division. In doing so, they’ve elevated their PDO beyond sustainable levels, and we should start to see some regression from them over their coming games.
Anaheim has accumulated a 1.026 PDO at five-on-five during its six-game winning streak, jumping up to 1.077 when considering its shooting and save percentages across all strengths. The Ducks’ recent bull run has elevated them to third in the PDO category, placing them at risk of regression, as their percentages work their way back down to average.
Their 14.1% shooting percentage during their six-game winning streak has been particularly unsustainable. Anaheim has elevated its shooting numbers despite attempting seven or fewer high-danger chances in three of those six games. Their hot-and-cold production metrics are incompatible with sustained output.
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Canucks vs. Ducks Pick
When these teams met earlier in the week, Vancouver had 43 shots, 42 scoring chances and 11 high-danger opportunities, out-pacing Anaheim in every category.
The dominoes are starting to align for the Canucks offensively, and we should begin to see increased output from them as they bring their shooting percentage up toward average. We’re anticipating the Ducks will start heading in the opposite direction, as their hot run comes to an end.
We’re betting the Canucks walk away victorious in this contest, and they’re live underdogs in the plus-money range.
Pick: Vancouver (+130)