Canucks vs. Hurricanes Betting Odds & Handicapping Preview | Dec. 15

The Nation In Carolina? We’ll see…

The Vancouver Canucks will look to rebound from a loss against one of the worst teams in the NHL, Columbus with a date against another one of the worst teams in the league, the Carolina Hurricanes.

Vancouver Canucks (18-10-2) at Carolina Hurricanes (9-18-5)
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, December 15, 2011
Where: RBC Center, Raleigh, North Carolina
Broadcast: SNET-VAN (HD), FS-CR (HD)
Canucks vs. Hurricanes Betting Lines
Spread: Canucks -1.5 (+175)
Moneyline: Canucks -175: Hurricanes +159
Over/Under: 5.5 goals
*NHL ATS Matchup Report*

While the Canucks have been scorching of later – 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, Carolina has completely fallen apart – 1-7-2 in their last 10 games and just 1-4-2 under new coach Kirk Muller.

The Vancouver Canucks were due for a Dud and that is what happened on Tuesday night in a 2-1 loss to Columbus. It was the first time since mid November that the Canucks failed to score at least two goals and they still gained a point – something that they have done in 10 of their last 11 games.

The Canucks are 12-3-1- in their last 16 games so fans shouldn’t worry that this is the beginning of a slump.

Vancouver will look to continue their ascension up the Western Conference standing (they are up to fifth) against a team that they should have no problem handling in both ends of the ice.

Offensively, Vancouver continues to lead the pack in the NHL – 3.23 goals per game. The top line has struggled lately – Daniel Sedin only has one assist in the last three games and the power play has hit a rough patch as well. We shouldn’t worry though – the Sedins are too good to be held down for long.

Ryan Kesler has 14 points in his last 11 games to pace a second line that has been terrific recently.

Defensively, a slow start to Roberto Luongo’s season is a thing of the past. He is 4-0-1 with a 1.32 goals-against average in five starts since returning from injury. He should get the start once again on Thursday night.

Canucks vs. Hurricanes

Canucks vs. Hurricanes Gambling Odds & Handicapping

The Carolina Hurricanes are an absolute mess! They are near the bottom of the NHL in nearly statistical category if things weren’t bad enough, word has come down that perhaps their best defenseman Joni Pitkanen and their top scorer Jeff Skinner will miss the game due to concussions.

Two huge cogs in an otherwise thin roster!

Cam Ward to the rescue! Right? Wrong – Ward has recorded a 3.84 goals-against average over his last eight appearances.

He has gone 1-2-1 with a 4.59 GAA in five December starts, and he’s 1-2-1 with a 3.47 GAA in four starts lifetime against Vancouver.

Dave’s Free Canucks Betting Predictions

Vancouver is 9-2 in their last 11 overall while Carolina is 6-20 in their last 26 games overall. Vancouver is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings between the two sides.

Vancouver got their bad game out of the way on Tuesday night against Columbus.

It was a good lesson – don’t take anybody too lightly!

Expect a bounce back performance on Thursday night – the Canucks won’t lose to two bottom dwellers in the matter of two days!

Pick: Vancouver Canucks -175

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

1. Eric Staal Points
line = 0.5 Over (1.55) | Under (1.70)

2. Henrik Sedin Points
line = 1.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

3. Ryan Kesler Goals
line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

4. Alex Burrows Shots on Goal
line = 3.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

5. Mason Raymond Points
line = 0.5 Over (1.55) | Under (1.70)

6. Alexander Edler Shots on Goal
line = 3.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

7. Carolina Shots on Goal
line = 28.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)

8. Carolina Power Play Goals
line = 0.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)

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  • “Expect a bounce back performance on Thursday night – the Canucks won’t lose to two bottom dwellers in the matter of two days!”

    welp so much for that.

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