The Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks square off for the second time in five days on Monday night. The Canucks will be looking to avenge an uncharacteristically bad effort on New Year’s Eve, and payback a little bit more for their “Maggie” being hurt by a Sharks fan in San Jose last week.
San Jose Sharks (19-11-4) at Vancouver Canucks (23-13-2)
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, January 2, 2012
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Broadcast: VERSUS (HD), SNET-P (HD)
Sharks vs. Canucks Betting Lines from Bovada.lv
Spread: Canucks -1.5 (+190)
Moneyline: Sharks +138: Canucks -158
Over/Under: 5.5 goals
*NHL ATS Matchup Report*
While the Sharks will be looking to avenge a 3-2 overtime loss at the hands of these same Canucks in their last game.
San Jose has been off since Wednesday giving them more than adequate time to devise some sort of plan to defeat a team that has owned them over the last couple of seasons – the Sharks are just 2-7-2 in the last 11 games against their hated Northern rival.
San Jose is 5-2-3 in their last 10 games overall and sit third in the Pacific Division.
San Jose’s offense has been middle-of-the-pack all season long which is a minor surprise. Martin Havlat has been out of the lineup a while with a hamstring injury which compounds the Sharks offensive issues.
Joe Pavelski has 4 goals and 2 assists in his last eight games, while Logan Couture is averaging a point per game over his last seven matches (4 goals, 3 assists) – they are the hottest Sharks by far.
You can expect to see Antti Niemi between the pipes on Monday night. He is 15-7-4, 2.36 GAA., .916 SV% this season but has had his share of issues with the – just 2-5-2 with a 3.19 goals-against average in his career versus Vancouver.
Vancouver was overdue of a bad game and they got just that on New Year’s Eve against the Kings – an uninspiring 4-1 loss to the Kings. That loss was the only blemish on their recent California road swing.
Now back at home, the Canucks will be looking to reach the pinnacle of the Western Conference standings one again – they currently sit two points behind the Chicago Blackhawks.
Vancouver has been a Top 3 offense in the NHL all season long and continue to be so. Henrik Sedin has moved past Claude Giroux for the NHL points lead with 46 and brother Daniel is not too far behind.
Vancouver’s quality second line will get a major boost on Monday as Chris Higgins is expected to return to the lineup after sitting out three with a hand injury.
Vancouver is deep, they are talented and they should be motivated offensively after putting just one by Jonathan Quick in their last game.
Expect to see Roberto Luongo in goal on Monday. Before Saturday’s loss in LA he was 9-1-1 with a 1.71 goals-against average in his last 11 starts. Lou is on fire and may have gotten his bad outing out of the way on Saturday.
Dave’s Free Canucks Betting Predictions
The San Jose Sharks have lost four in a row and eight of their last 10 to the Vancouver Canucks.
The last thing that the San Jose Sharks needed was for the Vancouver Canucks to be motivated ahead of their Monday showdown. The Sharks can thank the Kings for getting the Canucks fired up! Vancouver, at home will be a tough test for San Jose.
The difference will likely be Vancouver’s top ranked power play (which is just 1 for 15 lately) versus San Jose’s third worst penalty kill.
Take the home team to extend their dominance over the Sharks!
Pick: Vancouver Canucks -158
Here are a few interesting Player Props for Monday’s game:
Joe Thornton Points
line = 0.5 Over (1.50) | Under (1.75)
Henrik Sedin Points
line = 1.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)
Ryan Kesler Goals
line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)
Alex Burrows Shots on Goal
line = 2.5 Over (1.50) | Under (1.75)
Kevin Bieksa Shots on Goal
line = 2.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)
San Jose Shots on Goal
line = 33.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)
San Jose Power Play Goals
line = 0.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)
Cody Hodgson Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)