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NHL Game Preview - Canucks underdogs vs Ducks at Anaheim

Vancouver Canucks

Anaheim Ducks
23-13-7 January 05, 2014, 08:00 PM | Honda Center 30-8-5

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting Vancouver duelling Anaheim on Sunday at Honda Center.

The Ducks sit at 30-8-5 on the season; in comparison, the Canucks are currently 23-13-7. Looking to wager on the totals? Anaheim is 21-19-3 OU, and Vancouver is 12-24-7 OU.

View Vancouver Canucks vs Anaheim Ducks Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Ducks as -131 moneyline Favorite in this particular NHL matchup earlier. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at 5Dimes.

The Ducks - Canucks odds would favor the Canucks if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Anaheim is rated No. 6 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Vancouver is at No. 5.

Vancouver lost its last outing, a 3-1 result against the Kings on January 4. Bettors who backed the Kings at -135 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

The Ducks were a 5-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Oilers. That made winners of bettors who got Anaheim at -275 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Anaheim's No. 4-ranked offense (3.3 goals per game) against a Canucks defense that ranks No. 7 at 2.42 goals per game allowed. The Ducks powerplay has clicked at a 14.08% rate while the Canucks have a 89.39% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Vancouver home to Pittsburgh, Tuesday, January 7th
Anaheim home to Boston, Tuesday, January 7th