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Wild vs. Canucks Betting Odds & Handicapping Preview Jan. 4

One Eye On Boston?

The Vancouver Canucks have lost two straight games after an impressive streak that saw them surge to the top of the Northwest Division and catapult the team that they are up against on Wednesday night, the Minnesota Wild.

Minnesota Wild at Vancouver Canucks
When: 10:00 PM ET, Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Broadcast: FS-N+ (HD), FS-WI (HD), SNET-P (HD)
Wild vs. Canucks Betting Lines from Bovada.lv
Spread: Canucks -1.5 (+130)
Moneyline: Wild +201: Canucks -222
Over/Under: 5 goals
*NHL ATS Matchup Report*

The Canucks are struggling but it is nothing compared to the Wild who have gone 1-6-3 in their last 10 games. Snapping their funk may be a tall order for Minnesota – they have lost nine straight games in Vancouver while getting outscored 35-14 over that span.

The Wild are free falling! Every aspect of their game has hit the skids of late. They are 25th in the NHL in goals for and have only scored 16 during a 1-6-3 run that has seen them fall out of first place in the Northwest Division.

The top line of Mikko Koivu, Dany Heatley and Matt Cullen have been OK averaging a point per game over their last five but that is where the offense ends.

To make matters worse they will hope to end their funk in an arena in which they have scored just 14 goals during a 0-7-2 streak!

It is not only the offense that has been bad for Minnesota lately – the defense and goaltending have been brutal. Nik Backstrom is 1-5-2 in his last eight starts with a 2.96 goals against average.

Wild vs. Canucks

Minnesota Wild vs. Vancouver Canucks Gambling Odds & Handicapping Preview

On top of that, he will try to snap out of his personal funk in a building in which he is 0-4-1 in his last five starts with a terrible 3.78 goals against average.

The Vancouver Canucks have now failed to win since last year dropping their last game of 2011 and their first game of 2012 – a two game losing streak in which they have not looked good at all. The Minnesota Wild offer the perfect opportunity to get off the schnide in 2012 and to get back on the winning track.

The offensive numbers aren’t terrible at first glance for Vancouver. Henrik Sedin has 22 points in his last 16 games, Daniel has 19 in his last 16 and Cody Hodgson continues to keep pace with the rookie scoring leaders with three points in his last three games. Heck, even Kevin Bieksa has five points in four games.

One can point to an uncharacteristically poor power play for the recent rough patch – the Canucks lead the league with 37 power-play goals but have just two in their last 21 opportunities.

Both goaltenders have been solid for the Canucks – Roberto Luongo is 6-2-2 with a 1.64 GAA in his last 10 games and Cory Schneider is 6-1-0 with a 1.62 GAA in his last nine.

Luongo hasn’t allowed a goal in his last 135:23 versus the Wild. He’s gone 8-0-1 with a 1.66 GAA and three shutouts against them at home since the start of 2008-09 and is 5-1-1 with a 1.55 goals-against average over his last seven home starts overall.

Dave’s Free Canucks Betting Predictions

  • Minnesota is 1-9 in their last 10 overall and 1-10 in the last 11 meetings in Vancouver.
  • Vancouver is 15-6 in their last 21 overall.
  • The home team is 14-3 in the last 17 meetings.

Even the best teams in the world go through their down times and Vancouver is no different. The remedy this time is a Minnesota team that has been brutal both against the Canucks and overall.

The bleeding stops Wednesday night for the Canucks!

While it may not be a great payday for you, it is a payday nonetheless.

Pick: Vancouver Canucks -222

Here are some interesting Player Props for Wednesday’s game:

Dan Hamhuis Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Dany Heatley Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

Henrik Sedin Shots on Goal
Line = 1.5 Over (1.40) | Under (1.85)

Daniel Sedin Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

Ryan Kesler Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Kevin Bieksa Penalty Minutes
Line = 0.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)

Minnesota Goals
Line = 2.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)

Minnesota Shots on Goal
Line = 28.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)

(Click To Bet Now At Bovada.lv (Bodog.ca If Your In Canada))

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About Dave B

Dave B is from Beautiful BC. A Fantasy Football writer for 10+ years. A gambler, and a sucker for an early Vegas line. Loves to bet on the NHL, and NFL. A couch potato wannabe, BC Lions, Canucks, & Seahawks fan. Hope’s for world peace + global relaxation.
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  • http://twitter.com/prfctsoundforvr Richard Hodges

    Should be a better team than the one the Canucks manhandled last week with Koivu back in the line-up.

    That said, a “better” game against the Wild is quite relative.

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