Vancouver Canucks at Columbus Blue Jackets
The Vancouver Canucks embark on their first road trip of the season Monday when they open up with a date in Columbus against a Blue Jackets team that the Canuck owned last season winning all four matchups.
Vancouver Canucks (0-0-1) at Columbus Blue Jackets (0-2-0) Matchup Report
When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, October 10, 2011
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Broadcast: SNET-P (HD), FS-O (HD)
Canucks vs. Jackets Betting Lines from Bovada.eu
Spread: Canucks -1 ½ (+190)
Moneyline: Canucks -150: Jackets +130
Over/Under: 5.5 goals
Both teams will be looking to get into the win column for the first time this young season.
Vancouver predictably started slowly in their first game of the season against Pittsburgh. After opting to sit a lot of their players during the preseason, Vancouver took a little time to ramp up their game.
By half way through Game 1, the Canucks resembled the team that most thought that they would. The Sedins looked good in their initial game this season each registering a pair of points.
They look ready to terrorize the league once again this season.
Columbus made some he moves in the offseason to significantly improve their team – improvements that have not yet translated to success in the standings.
Jeff Carter has looked the part of a savior registering three points in his first two games but his strong play has not helped the Jackets in the win column just yet.
Columbus will need to get its power play going on Monday night for them to have a chance. Despite Carter and Rik Nash on the first unit, this group has gone 0 for 11 in its first two games.
Columbus dropped its first two games of the season and has lost 10 of its last 11 home contests.
The Canucks lost four of their final five road contests last season but owns a seven-game overall winning streak against the Blue Jackets and five straight road victories in the all-time series.
Vancouver is an elite team while Columbus is still struggling for an identity.
There is no way that the Canucks lose two games in a row early in the season.
After the first period of Thursday’s game, Vancouver appeared to get their bearings and looked to be in midseason form.
Vancouver has dominated Columbus – no reason to think that will change on Monday.
Pick: Vancouver Canucks -150
Here are a few interesting Player Props for you to consider:
Jeff Carter Shots on Goal:
line = 4.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)
Rick Nash Goals:
line = 0.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)
Henrik Sedin Points:
line = 1.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)
Alexander Edler Shots on Goal:
line = 3.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)
Kevin Bieksa Penalty Minutes:
line = 0.5 Over (1.55) | Under (1.70)
Vancouver Power Play Goals:
line = 1.5 Over (2.00) | Under (1.35)
Columbus Power Play Goals:
line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)