The Vancouver Canucks host their biggest NHL rival on Wednesday night when the hated Chicago Blackhawks pay a visit to Rogers Arena. The Hawks start a three game road trip in Vancouver having won three straight games while the Canucks have looked good as of late winning three of their last four contests.
Chicago Blackhawks (11-4-1-2) at Vancouver Canucks (9-8-0-1)
When: 10:00 PM ET, Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Broadcast: CSN-CH, SNET-P (HD)
Hawks vs. Canucks Betting Lines from Bovada.lv
Spread: Canuck -1 ½ (+215)
Moneyline: Blackhawks +122: Canucks -132
Over/Under: 5 ½ goals
In the first meeting of the season, Vancouver went 5 for 6 on the power play and scored four second-period goals in a 6-2 victory at the United Center on Nov. 6 in a typically feisty game between the two sides.
Chicago’s three game win streak has coincided with an offensive by the club. They have outscored their opposition 16-7 in three games and they have been getting great efforts from their top dogs – Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Marion Hossa.
If the Hawks are to have a chance on Wednesday, their Special Teams will have to be better.
Chicago is 2 for 44 with the man advantage in its last 11 games – 13.2% for the season and near the bottom of the NHL. The Canucks held the Blackhawks scoreless in five opportunities with the man advantage in their first meeting this season.
The Blackhawks could be without two key cogs on Wednesday – Brent Seabrook sustained a lower-body injury against Edmonton and Dave Bolland is in danger if missing his fourth straight game with his own lower-body injury.
Vancouver is playing their second game on their current home stand – the first game was a 4-1 win over the hapless New York Islanders.
The team has been playing well has taken full advantage of their power play opportunities of late – they have scored a power-play goal in each of their last five games and are 2nd in the NHL with a 26.7% efficiency with the extra man.
The offense has been strong and has, to nobody’s surprise, has been led by the Sedin twins. They have been sizzling as of late and they play very well against the Hawks. Henrik Sedin had a goal and three assists while twin brother Daniel scored and added two assists in the last meeting with Chicago.
They have combined for 15 points in the last three regular-season matchups with the Blackhawks.
Vancouver’s defense and goaltending have also been much better of late. Not only is the defense clamping down in their own end but they are also contributing in the offensive zone. Aaron Rome is the latest Canucks defenseman to catch fire and has three goals and two assists in his last four games.
The Canucks will have Corey Schneider in net on Wednesday in for Roberto Luongo who is dealing with a lower-body injury.
Schneider has a 3.96 goals-against average in four career appearances against Chicago – two of which came in relief of Luongo in last season’s playoffs.
Dave’s Free Canucks Betting Predictions
Chicago is 3-7 in the last 10 meetings the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver has yet to establish themselves as a front runner in the Western Conference but at home in a huge game, expect the best of the Canucks to show up.
No Seabrook and no Bolland will only make it easier for Vancouver who know that they need to make a statement.
Vancouver is the best team in the Western Conference – now it is time to prove it!
Pick: Vancouver Canucks – 132
Here are a few interesting Player Props for Wednesday’s game:
Patrick Kane Shots on Goal
Line = 3.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)
Jonathan Toews Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (2.00) | Under (1.35)
Total Power Play Goals
Line = 1.5 Over (1.30) | Under (2.10)
Henrik Sedin Points
Line = 1.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)
Daniel Sedin Shots on Goal
Line = 4.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)
Ryan Kesler Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)
Alex Burrows Penalty Minutes
Line = 0.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)
Chicago First Period Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.55) | Under (1.70)