Vancouver Canucks at Calgary
The Vancouver Canucks will try to build on an impressive win on Saturday night when they head to Calgary to take on a team directly below them in the Western Conference standings.
Vancouver Canucks (5-5-0-1) at Calgary Flames (4-4-1-0)
When: 9:00 PM ET, Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
Canucks vs. Flames Betting Lines from Bovada.eu
Spread: Canucks -1 ½ (+235)
Moneyline: Canucks -128: Flames +118
Over/Under: 5 ½ goals
Impressive the Flames and the Canucks are not – 13th and 14th respectively in the Conference ahead of the juggernaut Columbus Blue Jackets.
Vancouver got their best effort of the season on Saturday night – by a mile. The whole team showed up – Alexander Edler tallied three points and Maxim Lapierre and Chris Higgins each scored a pair of goals.
With contributions like that it is hard to imagine the Canucks being down too long! Henrik and Daniel Sedin have been doing their part – they lead the Canucks in points with exactly 13 points each (4 goals and 9 assists apiece).
Roberto Luongo is rumored to be getting the start in goal on Tuesday night. He will be happy that October is over – he was 3-3-1 with a 3.54 goals against average and a poor .869 save percentage for the month.
The Calgary Flames started slowly this season but have won two straight games ahead of their Tuesday showdown. Surprisingly it has been rookie Roman Horak, who has been carrying the Flames. He got his first NHL goal on Wednesday night against the Avalanche in a 4-2 win and has tallied two points in each of his last two games.
Jarome Iginla has been virtually invisible so far this season – just two goals and two assists so far.
Defensively, the Flames are likely to have their hands full on Tuesday night. Mikka Kiprusoff who has been terrific this season despite an average record will likely start on Tuesday. Kipper is 4-3-0 this season with a 2.02 goals against average and a sparkling .930 save percentage.
Free NHL Betting Prediction
VAN are just 2-6 in their last 8 road games but are 7-1 in the last 8 games against Calgary.
The Flames are 3-1-1 on their current six-game homestand.
Vancouver has been a wildly inconsistent team so far this season but we saw glimpses of what they can be with their victory over Washington on Saturday night.
The road may be a good thing for Vancouver – the media has been all over their performance so far.
Expect the Canucks to start a winning streak on Tuesday night as they win their second in a row in a very tight and competitive affair.
Pick: Vancouver Canucks -128
Here are a few interesting props for Tuesday night`s game
Jarome Iginla Shots on Goal
Line = 3.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)
Henrik Sedin Points
Line = 1.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)
Daniel Sedin Shots on Goal
Line = 3.5 Over (1.40) | Under (1.85)
Ryan Kesler Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)
Alexander Edler Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.45) | Under (1.80)
Vancouver Power Play Goals
Line = 1.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)
Vancouver First Team to Score in Game?
Yes (1.40) | No (1.85)
Calgary Power Play Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)