Anaheim Ducks at Vancouver Canucks – 02/09/11 NHL Game Preview

If history has taught the Canucks anything, they would trade away goaltender Roberto Luongo at the trade deadline.Betting Online Overview

As the NCAA basketball lines start to show the way to March Madness, the NHL scores show that the Vancouver Canucks are at it again. The reason that the Canucks are rarely part of the NHL trade rumors each year is because their regular season team always looks invincible.

If history has taught the Canucks anything, they would trade away goaltender Roberto Luongo at the trade deadline for a goalie with positive playoff experience and make a real run to the Stanley Cup. But, that will not happen so long as Luongo is one of the key reasons why the Canucks always seem to be at the top of the NHL standings every year.

The Anaheim Ducks are only a few years removed from winning the Stanley Cup, but this is hardly the same team that won the coveted hardware. These Ducks are younger and faster but lack real experience. They are finding their way together as they continue to climb the Western Conference standings, but only time will tell if this team has enough playoff experience to be dangerous in the post-season.

Vancouver Canucks
The Canucks lead the league with 79 points. Vancouver has a six-game winning streak going right now, and they are 19-3-5 at home. They have the highest goal differential in the league at +56, and they are second only to the Boston Bruins in goals against with 127. In short, the Canucks are awesome. The team hits hard, can score goals from anywhere on the ice and has one of the best regular season goaltenders in the history of the game.

The Sedin twins are a force. Daniel Sedin is fourth in the league in goal scoring with 28 goals, and his brother Henrik leads the league with 54 assists. Daniel Sedin has 41 assists of his own. Forward Ryan Kesler has 31 goals, and he is the guy that plays on the line with the Sedin twins. Needless to say, Vancouver has one of the most dangerous lines in hockey.

Anaheim Ducks
Right now the Ducks are in seventh place in the Western Division, and they are tied with sixth place San Jose at 62 points. The Ducks are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games, and they are picking up serious momentum as they head into Vancouver. The only problem for the Ducks is that they have a 12-13-3 road record. Even in their recent span of winning streaks, the Ducks have had problems winning on the road. Any team knows that they need to be able to win on the road to win in the playoffs, and the Ducks are working on it. But playing the Vancouver Canucks in GM Place is not the best way to try and start a road winning streak.

The Bottom Line
The Western Conference will just have to hang in there until the playoffs start. The Canucks will probably win the West again this season, and they may even win the President’s Trophy. Most hockey fans know what a kiss of death the President’s Trophy is in the playoffs. In this game, the Canucks are healthy and have way too much for the Ducks to handle.

Pick: Vancouver Canucks

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