Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Ducks vs Canucks Odds
Weekly NHL betting sees the Anaheim Ducks taking on the Vancouver Canucks Thursday, February 18th, 2016 at the Rogers Arena, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks on all NHL Hockey season long so stay tuned for more FREE NHL hockey predictions.
Anaheim Ducks 29-19-8 (13-11-4 V) vs. Vancouver Canucks 22-22-12 (9-12-5 H)
Date: Thursday, February 18th, 2016
Time: 10:00 PM ET
Venue: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Anaheim -145. Vancouver +125
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Anaheim -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5.0
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Two Pacific Division rivals square off on Thursday night as the Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks go at it.
Currently, the Ducks sit ahead in the standings as they sit 3 points behind the Kings.
The Canucks sit in 5th place, 10 points behind the Ducks for 2nd place.
Anaheim has deemed the song “started from the bottom now we here,” as they once sat right at the bottom of the standings, but have hit quite the hot streak to climb back to within 3 points of first place.
The Ducks have won 3 straight and have earned points in 5 straight games. They’ve failed to grab points in just 1 game this month, while winning 7 and losing 1 game in a shootout.
In the midst of a 7 game road trip that will run them through the end of the month, the Ducks have gone 4-1-1 with wins coming over Phili, Chicago, Calgary, and Edmonton.
The key to the recent success for the Ducks has been their ability to find the back of the net consistently. Anaheim has averaged just 2.4 goals per game, which sits 26th in the league. However, they have scored 3 goals or more in 7 of 8 games in February. The lone 2 goal game came in the their loss (6-2 to Pittsburgh.)
The Canucks have stumbled in the wrong direction, losing 2 straight games as they continue to try to battle back in the Pacific Division.
Vancouver has had quite the confusing month as they’ve gone just 2-4, with 2 road wins and 4 home losses. Home ice hasn’t been much of an advantage this season for the Canucks, as they’ve gone just 9-12-4-1 inside Rogers Arena.
Like their counterparts, scoring goals this season has been quite the problem. Vancouver ranks lower than Anaheim, sitting in 29th place, with just 2.3 goals per game.
They’ve scored 2 goals or less in 5 of 6 games this month, with 1 goal coming on 2 occasions.
This will mark the beginning of a very important and tiring short stretch for Vancouver as they stay at home for this one, head to Calgary on Friday and then cap off 3 games in 4 nights with a date back home in Colorado.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Ducks are 7-2 in their last 9 games following a win.
- Ducks are 11-4 in their last 15 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Ducks are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Canucks are 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest.
- Canucks are 0-6 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Canucks are 0-5 in their last 5 home games.
Free NHL Hockey Prediction:
The Ducks are one of the hottest teams in the NHL right now. Look for them to continue their dominance as they catch the Canucks at the right time here.
Anaheim has been scoring too much for the Canucks to keep up as they turn in another performance of 3 goals or more while Vancouver continues to sit with 2 goals or less.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Strong Play to Anaheim and the Over
NHL Free Score Prediction: Anaheim 5- Vancouver 2
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