Hot vs. Hotter?
The Vancouver Canucks play their second straight marquee Western Conference matchup Thursday when the Detroit Red Wings pay visit to Rogers Arena. The Wings are fresh off a 3-1 win in Calgary on Tuesday night while the Canucks survived the Chicago Blackhawks visit – 3-2 in overtime on Tuesday.
Detroit Red Wings (34-16-1) at Vancouver Canucks (31-15-4)
When: 10:00 PM ET, Thursday, February 2, 2012
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Broadcast: FS-D, SNET-P (HD)
Wings vs. Canucks Betting Lines from Bodog
Spread: Canucks -1 ½ (+220)
Moneyline: Wings +111: Canucks -122
Over/Under: 5 ½ goals
*NHL ATS Matchup Report*
The season series is tied between the two elite Western Conference teams with each winning in their home building.
The Vancouver Canucks have to feel lucky to be taking on one of their biggest Western Conference rivals on home ice on Thursday night. The Wings are 14-14-0 on the road this season but have won an astounding 17 straight games on home ice.
Overall Detroit has won eight of their last nine games and is coming off a 3-1 win in Calgary on Tuesday night.
The Wings have been better away from home however going 6-4 in their last 10.
How close are these teams? Detroit leads the Western Conference with 69 points, Vancouver is second with 66. The Wings average 3.1 goals per game while giving up an average of 2.31 while the Canucks score 3.16 goals per game and surrender an average of 2.4.
Offensively it has been names like Juri Hudler who has scored three goals in Detroit’s past two games and Darren Helm with two points in two games that are the hottest.
It seems a bit weird not to see Pavel Datsuyk and Henrik Zetterberg on the list but rest assured that they will be a force on Thursday night. The Wings have insane skill and some newfound scoring depth for the Canucks to contend with.
Jimmy Howard recorded his league leading 31st win on Tuesday night but was brutal in his start prior to the All-Star break.
He is 1-1-0 with a 3.75 goals against average and an .878 save percentage in his last two starts. Howard has gone 2-3-0 with a 3.51 GAA in five career starts at Vancouver. He made 25 saves in a 2-0 win over the Canucks at home Oct. 13.
The Vancouver Canucks have to be happy with their win on Tuesday night against their hated rivals from Chicago but truth be told, they may have been a tad lucky to win that game – THANK YOU CORY SCHNEIDER!
The Canucks have their hands full again Thursday – let’s hope that the defensive lapses are a thing of the past!
Vancouver once again got great play from their second and third lines – a good sign going forward for the team. Cody Hodgson scored on Tuesday and now has five points in five games and David Booth has been good in recording four points in four games.
Roberto Luongo should be back between the pipes on Thursday after having Tuesday night off. He is 10-4-2 with a 2.02 goals against average and a .941 save percentage in his last 16 games.
Lou is 2-0-1 with a 1.30 goals-against average in his last three games versus the Red Wings.
Dave’s Free Canucks Betting Predictions
Vancouver’s record over their last 10 games is very good as is Detroit’s but the Canucks seem to be winning ugly the occasional time. The same can’t be said for Detroit.
They are on fire and despite an average road record; I expect them to come out on top Thursday night.
To beat the Wings, teams have to bring their “A-Game” and right now Vancouver is playing at a “B” level.
Pick: Detroit Red Wings +111
Here are some interesting Player Props for Thursday’s game:
Pavel Datsyuk Points
line = 1.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)
Total Power Play Goals
line = 1.5 Over (1.55) | Under (1.70)
Henrik Sedin Shots on Goal
line = 1.5 Over (1.45) | Under (1.80)
Daniel Sedin Goals
line = 0.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)
Ryan Kesler Shots on Goal
line = 3.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)
Alex Burrows Goals
line = 0.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)
Alexander Edler Shots on Goal
line = 2.5 Over (1.50) | Under (1.75)
Kevin Bieksa Points
line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)
Detroit Shots on Goal
line = 32.5 Over (1.55) | Under (1.70)
Cody Hodgson Points
line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)