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Phoenix Coyotes vs. Canucks betting odds & handicapping preview March 14th

Canucks look to snap out of funk vs Coyotes

A pair of struggling teams do battle on Wednesday night when the Phoenix Coyotes head to Vancouver to take on the Canucks. Both teams are similar in that they have gone 4-4-2 in their last 10 games.

Phoenix Coyotes (34-25-11) at Vancouver Canucks (42-19-8)
When: 10:00 PM ET, Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Broadcast: FS-A PLUS (HD), SNET-P (HD)
Coyotes vs. Canucks Betting Lines from Bodog
Spread: Canucks -1 ½ (+170)
Moneyline: Coyotes +157: Canucks -173
Over/Under: 5 goals
*NHL ATS Matchup Report*

But they are completely opposite when it comes to their comfort level in the standings – the Canucks own a 14 point lead in the Northwest Division while the Coyotes find themselves in a dog fight with five teams for a playoff position in the West.

Remember when the Coyotes were climbing the Western Conference ladder and were 11-0-1 in 12 games? The Canucks happened to be one of their victims during that impressive February run.

But since then Phoenix has come back to earth with a 1-4-2 stretch that has allowed their Pacific Division rivals close the gap.

Phoenix’s scoring has cooled off and the stellar goaltending of Mike Smith appears to have hit the wall.

The Coyotes currently rank 19th in the NHL in goals for thanks in large part to a power play that is 30th in the league but they are 9th in goals against. Raffi Torres is the hottest Coyote at the moment – he has goals in three straight games while Marc Pouliot and Daymond Langkow each have two points in two games – nothing to write home about to say the least!

Mike Smith gave up four goals on Monday night and has been struggling just like the rest of the team despite the decent numbers in his last two starts (1-0-1 with a 1.92 goals against average). He should be between the pipes Wednesday in hopes of snapping out of his funk.

The Vancouver Canucks are 2-3-2 in their last seven games and are 2-3 on their current seven game home span. They have fallen five points behind St. Louis for top spot in the Western Conference as a result.

Goal scoring has been an issue for Vancouver over the last few weeks – they have slipped from first to sixth in the NHL during that span.

Henrik Sedin hasn’t recorded a point in eight straight games while Daniel Sedin has just one assist during in those games. Manny Malhotra is pointless in nine games and Mason Raymond hasn’t hit the score sheet it six. It is no wonder the Canucks are struggling!

Ryan Kesler entered last week having scored one goal in 13 games but seems to be rounding into form for the Canucks with goals in two straight. He, Chris Higgins who has one goal and three assists in three games and David Booth who has three points in four games have been by far the Canucks best line.

The defense has been chipping in offensively to pick up the slack for the Sedins as well – Kevin Bieksa has five points in five games and Alex Edler has two points in three games.

Roberto Luongo should get the start on Wednesday after looking decent but getting no help on Saturday night’s loss to Montreal. Lou is 0-2-0 in his last three starts with an ugly 5.37 goals against and an even uglier .843 save percentage.

Canucks vs. Coyotes

Phoenix Coyotes vs. Vancouver Canucks Betting Lines & Handicapping

Dave’s Won’t Cost You Anything Free Canucks Betting Prediction

Phoenix is 4-9 in their last 13 road games and have just one win in their last seven games overall. The Canucks however have been killing us – losing games that they should absolutely win! Wednesday’s test takes on a familiar tone – against a team desperately fighting to stay within the playoff hunt.

But with four days off, expect a recharged Canucks team to show up on Wednesday and finally look like the elite team that they fancy themselves to be. Have the Canucks been disappointing?

Yes!

Will they snap out of their skid? Absolutely and it all starts Wednesday!

Pick: Vancouver Canucks -173

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

Shane Doan Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Henrik Sedin Shots on Goal
Line = 1.5 Over (1.50) | Under (1.75)

Daniel Sedin Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Ryan Kesler Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Alex Burrows Shots on Goal
Line = 3.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Mason Raymond Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Kevin Bieksa Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.55) | Under (1.70)

Vancouver Power Play Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.50) | Under (1.75)

Phoenix Shots on Goal
Line = 29.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)

Phoenix Power Play Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (2.00) | Under (1.35)

Zack Kassian Points
Line = 0.5 Over (2.10) | Under (1.30)

Chris Higgins Shots on Goal
Line = 2.5 Over (1.50) | Under (1.75)

Game Links

Game 70 Coyotes vs. Canucks: It’s desert dog day…
– NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges fills in for Josh Hall today and runs down the Canucks Wednesday night showdown against the Phoenix Coyotes. Does Daniel Sedin get a goal in this one? We think he does. Do Zack Kassian and Raffi Torres go after each other all night?

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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

    If anyone sees a tiny redhead in a Canucks jersey first row, thats my roommate. It’s her first game ever!

  • http://twitter.com/FlyingVHockey Kevin Vanstone

    I’m with you Dave. The Canucks have to break the skid tonight. Someone needs to let the Sedins know that the Coyotes have allowed 20 goals over their last seven games in March.

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