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Red Wings vs. Canucks Betting Odds & Handicapping Preview Dec. 21

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One of the best rivalries in the NHL writes another chapter on Wednesday night when the Detroit Red Wings pay a visit to the Vancouver Canucks.

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Detroit Red Wings (21-10-1) at Vancouver Canucks (20-11-2)
When: 10:00 PM ET, Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Broadcast: TSN, FS-D
Red Wings vs. Canucks Betting Lines from betonline.com
Spread: Canucks -1 ½ (+260)
Moneyline: Red Wings +104: Canucks -115
Over/Under: 5 ½ goals
*NHL ATS Matchup Report*

One of the best rivalries in the NHL writes another chapter on Wednesday night when the Detroit Red Wings pay a visit to the Vancouver Canucks.

How good are these teams?

Detroit currently sits 4th in the Western Conference and Vancouver is in 6th only four points back of Conference leading Chicago.

One of the Wings or the Canucks has been the Western representative in the Stanley Cup three of the last four years.

Detroit enters Wednesday’s contest 7-3-0 in their last 10 games while Vancouver is 7-2-1.

The Detroit Red Wings continue to be one of the most complete teams in the NHL. Offense, defense and depth have the Wings in the upper echelon once again.

Henrik Zetterberg has scored points in 12 of the last 15 games, including a current six-game streak for Detroit (three goals and five assists, Pavel Datsyuk has eight goals and 15 assists over his last 16 games and Lidstrom has 22 points on the season (7 goals) and an impressive plus-17 rating.

The depth is best exemplified by Drew Miller who has three goals in his last two games.

The Red Wings are not unlike the Canucks – they have four lines that compete every night and are able to chip in on offense.

In goal Jimmy Howard has been outstanding this season. He is the 1st goalie with 20 wins this season and has a 1.80 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in his last 14 games, posting an impressive 12-2-0 record over that span. He’s 2-1-0 with a 0.98 GAA in his last three matchups with Vancouver.

The Vancouver Canucks have finally shaken the cobwebs and look every bit the team that won the President’s Trophy last season. The Canucks are 11-2-1 in their last 14 games and are coming off an impressive win against NHL leader Minnesota on Monday night. Like the Wings, the Canucks are clicking in both ends of the rink.

Red Wings vs. Canucks

Red Wings vs. Canucks Gambling Odds & Handicapping

Offensively, Vancouver continues to be one of the most potent teams in the game. On Monday night, Daniel Sedin continued his fine play with three assists while brother Henrik had a goal and two assists – that makes it 15 points (1 goal, 14 assists) in the last 10 contests for the Henrik.

Alex Burrows has scored goals in three straight games while Ryan Kesler has points in seven of his last 10 games.

Vancouver continues to have the League’s top-ranked power play, which is clicking at a 26.1 percent success rate.

Roberto Luongo is back! He has been on fire as of late and has made all Canucks fans forget about his slow start. He shut out the Minnesota Wild 4-0 Monday at Rogers Arena, making 33 saves and improving his record to 6-0-1 in his last seven starts with a 1.38 goals against average over that span.

Dave’s Free Canucks Betting Predictions

The Detroit Red Wings are 16-5 in their last 21 games overall but are just 8-8 on the road this season. The Vancouver Canucks are 11-3 in their last 14 games overall but are just 3-7 in their last 10 meetings with the Detroit Red Wings.

If there is one thing that we know about this game, it will likely be close – fourteen of the past 20 have been decided by one goal or a shootout with five ending in overtime.

If it wasn’t for Detroit’s sketchy road record, the Wings, based on their domination of the Canucks would have to be favored. But at .500 on the road and having come off a win on Monday in Edmonton, it is Detroit’s turn to lose.

Vancouver makes a statement on Wednesday night – they are officially back to elite status!

Pick: Vancouver Canucks -115

Here are a few interesting Player Props for Wednesday’s game:

Total Power Play Goals
Line = 1.5 Over (1.35) | Under (2.00)

Henrik Sedin Points
Line = 1.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)

Daniel Sedin Shots on Goal
Line = 3.5 Over (1.45) | Under (1.80)

Ryan Kesler Shots on Goal
Line = 3.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Kevin Bieksa Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Detroit Shots on Goal
Line = 31.5 Over (1.55) | Under (1.70)

Johan Franzen Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (2.00) | Under (1.35)

Chris Higgins Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.55) | Under (1.70)

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