|NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Vancouver Canucks Preview & Picks|
|Written by Anthony Rome|
|Tuesday, 27 November 2007 03:49|
Rematch of The WCS
The defending champion Ducks look to continue their dominance over the Canucks when they meet Tuesday at GM Place in a rematch of the Western Conference semifinals.
Oddsmakers from SBG Global have made Vancouver -133 money line favorites (NHL Odds) for today's game, the over/under has been set at 5 goals (Matchup). Current public betting information shows that 75% of bets for this game have been placed on Vancouver -133 (View NHL Bet Percentages).
In last season's playoff series, Anaheim eliminated the Canucks in five games, outscoring them 14-8 before going on to win the first Stanley Cup in the franchise's 14-year history.
Anaheim's dominance of Vancouver in the playoffs was a carryover from the regular season. The Ducks outscored the Canucks 14-6 in going 3-0-1 against them in 2006-07, and have won six of the last seven regular-season meetings.
Anaheim (11-9-4) has had no problems playing at GM Place lately, outscoring Vancouver 19-6 during a six-game winning streak there since a 7-3 loss on Dec. 28, 2002.
The Ducks, opening a three-game road trip, are 3-1-0 on the road this month after losing their first six games away from the Honda Center.
They are coming off a 3-2 win over Los Angeles on Sunday to continue their recent turnaround. After going just 4-7-2 in September and October, Anaheim is 7-2-2 this month.
On Sunday, Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the game tied the score at 2 with 11:58 to play in the third period, and Anaheim got the winner when Chris Kunitz knocked in a rebound with 3:06 remaining.
Getzlaf, who has 10 goals and a team-best 25 points, has six goals and six assists during his career-high eight-game point streak.
"He's obviously coming into his own," Kunitz said. "He's a person we can build the team around. He definitely picked our team up tonight with a couple goals."
The Ducks signed Getzlaf, a third-year pro, to a five-year, $26.625 million contract extension last Tuesday. He had three goals and an assist against the Canucks last season.
Anaheim's Jean-Sebastien Giguere had 23 saves on Sunday, improving to 5-1-0 with a 2.09 goals-against average since Nov. 9.
Last season, Giguere went 3-0-1 with a 1.49 GAA and a shutout against the Canucks in the regular season and 4-1-0 with a 1.36 GAA against them in the playoffs. He is 7-0-1 with a 1.57 GAA and a shutout in his last nine regular-season games against Vancouver, while posting a 1.00 GAA in winning his last five starts at GM Place.
Like the Ducks, the Canucks (12-9-2) are one of the hottest teams in the league after getting off to a slow start. They opened the season 5-8-0, but are 7-1-2 since Nov. 2.
Vancouver began a three-game homestand with a 2-0 win over Chicago on Sunday. The Canucks are 4-0-1 at home since Nov. 9 after opening the season 1-6-0 at GM Place.
Brendan Morrison scored a first-period power-play goal against the Blackhawks, and Daniel Sedin finished the scoring with an empty-net goal with 31.7 seconds left in regulation.
Roberto Luongo made 27 saves on Sunday, improving to 6-1-2 with a 1.75 GAA and two shutouts since Nov. 3.
"The win is what's most important," Luongo said of his 34th career shutout. "It was a really tight game. It took a solid 60 minutes tonight and even then it came down to the wire."
Luongo had little success against the Ducks last season, though, posting a 3.78 GAA in losing his three regular-season meetings against them. He then went 1-4-0 with a 2.31 GAA in the playoff series.
Markus Naslund, who leads the Canucks with 10 goals this season, had three goals against the Ducks in last season's playoffs.
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