Vancouver Canucks vs Anaheim Ducks NHL Pick – December 29

The NHL is set up with another strong night of hockey on Wednesday. Six games are up on the board throughout December 29. One of these matchups will be between the Vancouver Canucks and the Anaheim Ducks. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:30 PM Eastern time.

Vancouver has earned a record of 14-15-2 to start out this season, which has them sitting in seventh place of the Pacific division. The Canucks have won six games in a row and eight of their last nine. Vancouver is six points out of a playoff spot and will look to bounce back in this one. I expect the Canucks to come out fast on the road.

The Ducks have put up a record of 17-9-6 to open up the season, which has them in second place of the Pacific division. Anaheim is coming off a loss in their last meeting, but have won four of their last six. The Ducks will look to jump into the top spot of the division with a win. Anaheim will look to pick up their place quickly coming out of the break.

These two teams have had opposite starts to the season, but both picked up their play before the pause. Anaheim is higher up in the standings throughout this season and will look to keep it up. The Canucks will look to keep their winning streak going. If either team can come out hot in this one, it could be enough for the win on Wednesday night.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Vancouver Canucks +1 ½ (-215) +108 Over 5 ½ (+104)
Anaheim Ducks -1 ½ (+185) -119 Under 5 ½ (-115)
Team Data Vancouver Canucks Anaheim Ducks
Overall Record 14-15-2 17-9-6
Away/ Home Record 6-8-1 10-4-3
Goals Per Game 2.52 3.16
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 2.73 3.41
Save Percentage .910 .915
Save Percentage Away/ Home .895 .922

Betting Trends

Vancouver Canucks

  • 7-1 in December
  • 3-5 against division opponents
  • 3-4 after a division game
  • 2-3 after win by two or more goals
  • 4-5 after scoring four goals or more
  • 6-8 against team with winning record

Anaheim Ducks

  • 5-4 in December
  • 0-1 when playing on three or more days rest
  • 7-3 against division
  • 6-7 after allowing four goals or more
  • 7-5 after scoring four goals or more
  • 10-4 against team with losing record

These two teams have met up twice so far this season. Vancouver hosted the first meeting on November 9. Troy Terry had a goal and an assist to lead the Ducks to a 3-2 win in overtime. The second meeting was in Anaheim on November 14. Trevor Zegras had two goals and an assist in the second matchup as the Ducks won 5-1.

Special Teams

The Canucks have struggled on special teams throughout this season. Vancouver has scored on 20 of their 102 power play opportunities, which is a 19.6 percent power play. The Canucks have given up 31 power play goals on 94 penalties against, which is a 67 percent kill rate. Vancouver is 15th on the power play and 32nd on the kill this season.

Anaheim has been strong on both sides of special teams on the season. The Ducks have capitalized on 23 of their 86 power play chances, which is a 26.7 percent success rate. Anaheim has killed off 71 of their opponents 83 power play attempts, which is an 85.5 percent penalty kill. The Ducks are 4th on the man advantage and penalty kill.

The Ducks have been much better on both sides of special teams this season. Anaheim will look to get their power play going against the Canucks struggling penalty kill. Vancouver’s power play could have issues against the Ducks penalty kill as well. If either team can get going on the power play, it could be enough for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

Thatcher Demko will likely get the start in the crease for Vancouver on Wednesday night. Demko has started in 25 games this season, going 13-11-1 in those outings. He has put up a .919 save percentage and a GAA of 2.63 in his starts. Demko’s last start was against the San Jose Sharks. He stopped 34 of the 36 shots against him in the win.

I expect John Gibson to get the nod in net for the Ducks in this one. Gibson has earned a record of 11-7-5 throughout his 23 starts on the season. He has posted a save percentage of .913 and a 2.71 GAA in his games played. Gibson finished with 21 saves on 27 shots in his last start against the Arizona Coyotes, which was not enough for a win.

These two goalies have been strong throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Gibson had a rough outing his last time out, while Demko has won five starts in a row. Demko will look to keep it going in this one. If either goalie can make some big saves early, it could be enough to give their team the edge.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Canucks have been the better team as of late, but have dropped their first two games against Anaheim. The Ducks will look to pull off the sweep. If Vancouver can get one side of their special teams going though, I think they can pull off the road win.

BetOnline has Anaheim listed as a -119 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Ducks will win this game around 54.3 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with both teams playing well as of late. Vancouver lost the first two games, but it is tough to sweep a team and I think the Canucks will grab a win in this one.

The Bet
Vancouver Canucks
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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