Welcome back to another day of NHL Predictions. Each day, Last Word on Hockey takes a look at the games that are happening and gives our predictions for each one, breaking down head-to-head and other factors that may play in. We also have a featured game of the day, which is considered must-watch TV. Today’s featured game is the Vancouver Canucks vs Anaheim Ducks.
NHL Predictions with Vancouver Canucks vs Anaheim Ducks
Vancouver Canucks vs Anaheim Ducks
Head-to-Head: Ducks 2-1 Canucks
The last time these two teams played each other, the Canucks won 2-1 in overtime on December 29. J.T. Miller had two points. But the Ducks won the previous two matchups. The Ducks won 5-1 on November 14 and 3-2 in overtime on November 9.
The Canucks come into the game on a two-game winning streak. Miller leads the Canucks with 50 points in 48 games this season. Quinn Hughes is next with 36 points in 46 games.
The Ducks and Canucks are both fighting for a wild-card spot. The Ducks are ahead, with 55 points in 51 games, while the Canucks have 52 points in 50 games. Both need a point, but the Canucks have been playing better lately.
Prediction: 3-2 Canucks OT
Arizona Coyotes vs Los Angeles Kings
Head-to-Head: Coyotes 1-0 Kings
This is the second game of a back-to-back for the Kings. They played the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday night. Before that, they lost their last game. The Kings are led by Anze Kopitar, who had 42 points in 48 games and Viktor Arvidsson, who had 30 points in 41 games before Friday night’s game.
The Kings are trying to hold on to a wild-card spot, while the Coyotes are one of the worst teams in the league.
Prediction: 1-0 Kings
Calgary Flames vs Seattle Kraken
Head-to-Head: Flames 1-0 Kraken
The last time the Flames and the Kraken played, the Flames came out on top, winning 6-4 on Dec. 30. Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk each had three points for the Flames. Former Flames captain Mark Giordano and Calle Jarnkrok also had three points each.
The Flames come into the game on an eight-game winning streak. Gaudreau leads the Flames in points with 63 in 47 games. Tkachuk is behind him with 54 points in 47 games.
The Kraken have lost their past two games. The Kraken’s leading scorer has a little more than half as many points as Gaudreau. Jared McCann has 32 points in 45 games.
The Flames are at the top of the Pacific Division, while the Kraken are near the bottom of the league standings. While it sounds like a boring matchup, Giordano playing his former team should be a fun time.
Prediction: 3-2 Flames.