Vancouver Canucks vs Anaheim Ducks NHL Picks & Predictions 11/1/2019
Friday, November 1, 2019
John Gibson and the Anaheim Ducks (8-6-0, 4th in the Pacific Division) play the Vancouver Canucks (8-3-1, 2nd in the Pacific Division) at Honda Center on Friday, November 1, 2019. The Ducks open this matchup at -116 while the Canucks are coming in at +105. The total is set at 5.5. The Canucks are covering 60.0% of the time, having gone 6-4 SU. Anaheim is covering 57.1% of the time, going 8-6 straight up.
The Vancouver Canucks head into this game holding a record of 8 victories and 3 defeats, which is good for 2nd in the Pacific Division. Thus far in the season, they have scored a total of 45 goals which is good for 3rd in the conference and 7th in the league. Their goal differential is +16, which is good for 2nd in the league. The Canucks have a total of 17 points, which is good for 9th in the league and 5th in the West. In terms of shots toward the net, they have a total of 408 which is good for 5th in the conference and 10th in the league. As a team, Vancouver currently has a total of 156 hits which means they have an average of 13 per contest. They have a total of 132 blocks for the year. The goaltender for Vancouver is Jacob Markstrom from Gavle, Sweden. He is 30 years old and has played 486 minutes defending the goal for the season. Markstrom is giving up an average of 2.59 GAA which has him ranked 10th in the West and 20th among goalies in the NHL. For the season, he has allowed 21 goals. He holds a save % of .915 which has him ranked 12th in the West.
The Vancouver Canucks came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 5 - 3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in their previous contest. The Canucks had a great offensive game plan going into this one and it showed in this victory. In this game, they scored on 5 out of the 49 shots they put on net. Additionally, they had 6 power play opportunities and were able to score 4 goals out of those opportunities. Vancouver ended up with 17 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Canucks sat at 41 and the Corsi against was 28 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 59.4%. Their Fenwick was 34 and the Fenwick against was 18, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 65.4%. They earned 28 face-off wins at even strength and lost 14 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 49.7% and they had a PDO of 89.9 in this game. Concerning opponent stats, the Los Angeles Kings tallied 24 shots. They finished with a total of 17 penalty mins and they had 6 power play chances.
The Ducks will be looking to add points to their total and for the season they have 8 wins and 6 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they are currently ranked 7th in the West and 14th in the league with +4. They have compiled a total of 39 goals for the year which ranks them 7th in the conference. Anaheim has a team save percentage of .922 which has them 5th in the league, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.1% putting them at 6th in the conference. In net for Anaheim is John Gibson who is having an average year by allowing 2.66 goals per game and that has him 13th in the West and 23rd among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 632 minutes he has been on the ice this year, he's allowed 28 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .920, which ranks him 7th in the West and 13th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Anaheim Ducks faced off against the Winnipeg Jets in an outing where the Ducks notched a win by a tally of 7 - 4. In this outing, Anaheim earned a 39.6% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 36 while the opposition had a Corsi of 55. Their Fenwick rate was 44.3% by notching a Fenwick of 31 and the Jets earning a 39 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Anaheim played and they put on a good performance in this one. They had a PDO of 116.4 and their oZS percentage was 24.2%. The Ducks scored 7 goals out of the 28 shots on goal they tried. They had 1 power play attempt in this one but were not able to net one. In discussing their opponent, the Jets had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Anaheim allowed 40 shots on goal and the Jets had a total of 2 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Vancouver (+105)
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