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[GDT] Canucks @ Ducks Dec. 29/21 7:30 PM

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If someone told me after the Pens game that 9 games later (Saturday) we could potentially be in a playoff spot even a Homer like me would given  them a look of exasperation mixed with condemnation.

But here we are fully healthy facing some teams who aren't fully healthy and again homerism aside inferior to us on paper.

The thing that warms my cockles is the fact not only did Bruce and Shaw have a week+ to implement their system's but the team still has another gear while playing completely sustainable hockey.

Under TG it seemed every winning streak was on the back of unsustainable goaltending. 


Not that Demko hasn't been lights out but every game it's a different line stepping up.

The jackets game was a glimpse of how dominating they can be when their best players are all on, even with a rusty Halak and a very green dcore.

The sharks game was the type of game that has been missing, overall kind of sloppy and disjointed but still won quite easily from just talent. Those are the games playoff teams find a way to win.

Sorry for the essay length post but it's been awhile since the last GDT.

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Canucks (-110) @ Ducks (-110)

The Vancouver Canucks are 6-0-0 since Bruce Boudreau took over behind the bench. It's not all smoke and mirrors, either.

At five-on-five, they rank 11th in expected goal share - sandwiched between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins - and only seven teams have generated more scoring chances.

They have shown clear improvement on the penalty kill as well, conceding just twice in six games. That's a stark contrast from the 29 they allowed in 25 games with Travis Green behind the bench.

The Anaheim Ducks are not the pushovers many expected them to be. But they are expected to be without a few key cogs on Wednesday.

Trevor Zegras is by far the most impactful absence, but injuries to Adam Henrique and Max Comtois are also worth noting. The Ducks are now paper thin up front.

Expect the Canucks to take advantage of that and keep the hot streak going.

Bet: Canucks (-110)

Todd Cordell is a sports betting writer at theScore. 

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