Vancouver Canucks vs Anaheim Ducks Prediction, 12/29/2021 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Anaheim Ducks
Date: Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Location: Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
TV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (+120) Ducks (-140)
The Anaheim Ducks (17-9-6) host the Vancouver Canucks (14-15-2) at Honda Center on Wednesday. The moneyline on this matchup has Vancouver at +120 while Anaheim is at -140. The total is set at 6.
The Vancouver Canucks will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 5-2 win over the Sharks in their last outing. Vancouver accounted for 6 penalty minutes for this matchup. The Canucks had a solid offensive outing in the win. They also had 3 power play attempts and were able to net 1 goal. For the game, they tallied a score on 5 of the 30 shots they tried.
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In regard to their scoring capabilities, the Vancouver Canucks have earned 78 goals (25th in hockey) for the year and have allowed 89. For the current campaign, they have earned 30 points and their points percentage comes in at .484. Vancouver has tallied 102 power play opportunities and they have tallied 20 goals out of those attempts, giving them a percentage of 19.61%. At even strength, the Canucks have surrendered 58 goals while earning 58 themselves. Vancouver has tried 1,032 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 7.6%. The Canucks have had 993 shots tried against them and have earned a save percentage of .910. Vancouver Canucks opponents have totaled 94 power play tries (6th in pro hockey) and have a total of 31 goals in those chances.
The man in net for this game is Thatcher Demko. Over the course of his pro career, Demko has tallied 54 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .574. His save percentage is .913 for his 5,694 minutes between the pipes. Demko has seen 3,102 shots against him and has accrued 2,831 saves. Opponents have been able to score 271 goals versus Demko in his professional career and his goals against average per game is 2.86. He has accumulated a mark of 47-42-5 and he has gotten the start in 94 games. Demko has been in goal for 97 contests throughout his hockey career.
When they took the ice last, Anaheim went up against the Coyotes in a matchup where the Ducks ended up losing by a score of 6-5. They had 5 attempts on the power play in this matchup and netted 2 goals out of those attempts. The Ducks tallied 5 goals of the 37 shots on goal they tried.
Anaheim has attempted 1,015 shots (7th in professional hockey) and has earned a shot percentage of 9.95%, while allowing the opposition 1,016 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 85.54% on the other teams 83 power play opportunities, and their save percentage is 91.5%. They have earned 86 power play chances and they have earned a power play percentage of 26.74%. The Ducks have earned 78 goals at even strength and 23 goals (5th in pro hockey) while having a power play advantage. They have permitted 86 goals to be scored by way of 74 goals at even strength and 12 goals while they had less men on the ice. For the year, the Anaheim Ducks have accounted for 101 goals, 40 points, and a points percentage of .625.
On the other side of the ice you are expected to see John Gibson protecting the net. Gibson has a career record of 159-129-45 and has played in 345 contests. Gibson's quality start percentage sits at 55.8% and he has accumulated 188 quality starting assignments in his professional career. He has recorded 9,359 stops out of the 10,214 shots taken, which gives him a save % of .916. Teams are averaging 2.59 goals per contest and he has conceded 855 goals overall. He has started in 337 contests and has accumulated 19,834 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Anaheim (-140)
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