The Vancouver Canucks head out on the road to try to finally build some sort of momentum that has been sadly lacking this season. Wednesday night’s game comes against another Northwest rival, and a team that has struggled to find any sort of consistency during the 2011-2012 campaign, the Avs.
Vancouver Canucks (10-9-0-1) at Colorado Avalanche (9-11-1-0)
When: 9:30 PM ET, Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Broadcast: SNET-P (HD), ALT (HD)
Canucks vs. Avalanche betting Lines from Bovada.lv
Spread: Canucks -1 ½ (+230)
Moneyline: Canucks -118: Avalanche +108
Over/Under: 5 ½ goals
Vancouver is 6-4-0 in their last 10 games while the Avalanche are a miserable 2-7-1 in their last 10. Vancouver has dominated the series as of late going 9-0-2 in 11 matchups outscoring the Avs 45-25 during that span.
Scoring continues to be one of the strengths of the Canucks – they are #1 in the NHL in that department with 258 goals.
However, in their last two games, the Canucks have scored a total of just three goals. Suffice to say, the offense is due for an overdue explosion.
Daniel and Henrik continue to average over a point per game and Alex Edler continues to sizzle. Vancouver’s Special Teams are also at the top of the league yet again.
There is a chance that Roberto Luongo could return after a three game absence due to an undisclosed upper body injury which would be a very good thing. Lou is 6-0-2 with a 2.58 goals-against average in his last eight starts versus the Avs.
The Colorado Avalanche have fallen on hard times as of late. They have lost six of their last eight games scoring just 17 goals over that span. At home they have averaged just 1.8 goals in their last 10 games. The only bright spot on offense for Colorado is Matt Duchene, who scored Sunday and has seven goals and three assists in the past nine games.
Defense has also been an issue for Colorado so far this season. They give up an average of 3.10 goals per game – not good!
Seymon Varlamov has a 3.30 goals against average and has looked awful while Jean-Sebastien Guigere has been better with a solid 1.85 goals against average.
Dave’s Free Canucks Betting Predictions
The Canucks are 6-1-2 in Denver since the start of the 2008-09 season. Colorado is 6-21 in their last 27 home games and is 14-40 in their last 54 overall.
It is clear who the better team is ahead of Wednesday night’s action but the big question is – which Vancouver team will show up? My feeling is that the good version of the Canucks appears at the Pepsi center on Wednesday and posts a much needed victory.
Vancouver will likely only have to be average to win and I think they are certainly capable of that!
Pick: Vancouver Canucks -118
Here are some interesting Player Props for Wednesday’s game:
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)
Alex Burrows Goals
line = 0.5 Over (2.00) | Under (1.35)
Kevin Bieksa Shots on Goal
line = 2.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)
Vancouver First Period Goals
line = 1.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)
Colorado Shots on Goal
line = 31.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)
Colorado Power Play Goals
line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)
Cody Hodgson Points
line = 0.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)