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Canucks vs. Panthers Betting Odds & Handicapping Preview Jan. 9

Hockey In Florida?

Two Division leaders tangle on a light night of NHL action Monday when the Northwest leading Vancouver Canucks head to Florida to take on the Southeast leading Panthers.

Vancouver Canucks (26-13-3) at Florida Panthers (20-13-8)
When: 7:30 PM ET, Monday, January 9, 2012
Where: BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida
Broadcast: RIS (HD), SNET-P (HD), FS-F
Canucks vs. Panthers Betting Lines from Bodog
Spread: Canucks -1.5 (+210)
Moneyline: Canucks -141: Panthers +128
Over/Under: 5.5 goals
*NHL ATS Matchup Report*

Vancouver is coming off a very impressive matinee win over their Stanley Cup nemesis Boston while the Panthers will look to rebound from a 5-2 loss in New Jersey on Saturday.

Vancouver has been playing some solid hockey as of late while the Panthers have stumbled just a bit in the last couple of weeks.

The Vancouver Canucks are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games and are a terrific 17-4-2 in their last 23. They are second in the league in goals for (3.26 per game) and they are near the top of the NHL in goals against (2.36).

A sputtering league leading power play found its touch again in Saturday’s win when they went 4 for 11 against the Bruins.

Everything that can go right offensively is doing just that ahead of their Monday showdown and it could get even better with news that injured David Booth could make his return to the lineup against his former team.

Henrik Sedin & his brother Daniel each have three points in their last two games, Cody Hodgson has four points in three games and Kevin Bieksa has seven points in six.

Roberto Luongo got the day off in Boston on Saturday and will be between the pipes on Monday.

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He is an impressive 10-2-2 with a 1.76 goals-against average and two shutouts in 14 starts since returning from injury in early December. Luongo should be fired up to face his former team and is 3-0-1 with a 1.68 GAA in his last four trips to Florida.

Roberto Loungo

Loungo Gets to play goal in Florida again tonight! (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

The Florida Panthers were one of the first half surprises in the NHL but a recent 4-4-2 stretch has closed the gap a bit in the Southeast Division.

They have lost six of their last eight games and lead their Division by only three points heading into Monday’s game. Injured have played a major role in their recent slowdown – Scottie Upshall (upper body), Jack Skille (shoulder), Sean Bergenheim (lower body) and Marco Sturm (head) are all on Injured Reserve and starting goaltender Jose Theodore will miss the game with a knee injury.

The Panthers aren’t exactly an offensive juggernaut – just 2.56 goals for per game, good for 22nd in the NHL. But Florida added depth during the offseason and are no longer the door mat that they once were.

Brian Campbell has been the most successful addition to the team – he is in the midst of a three-game assist streak with 6 assists in his last five games.

Mikael Samuelsson has three points in two games and Marcel Goc has two points in his last two. That about covers all of the Hot players offensively for Florida.

The Panthers are middle of the pack in goals against and will be forced to start Scott Clemmensen in place of Jose Theodore in net. Clemmensen is 1-0-1 in his last two starts with a 2.42 goals against average.

Dave’s Free Canucks Betting Predictions

Vancouver is 20-8 in their last 28 games overall and is an impressive 8-1-2 in the last 11 game at Florida. Vancouver has not lost in regulation to Florida since Oct. 20, 1999.

Florida is 2-6 in their last 8 overall.

There is a real chance that we could see a letdown by the Vancouver Canucks after their emotional win at Boston on Saturday. Sami Salo is out after sustaining a concussion in that game and his absence could be a major factor. But good teams find a way to get up for every game.

Vancouver has had their foot on the pedal for the better part of two months – I can’t see the reeling Panthers slowing them down.

Look for Vancouver to take down their second straight Division winner on Monday night!

Here are some interesting Player Props for tonights game:

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

Daniel Sedin Shots on Goal
line = 3.5 Over (1.45) | Under (1.80)

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

Alex Burrows Goals
line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Alexander Edler Shots on Goal
line = 2.5 Over (1.55) | Under (1.70)

Kevin Bieksa Points
line = 0.5 Over (1.50) | Under (1.75)

Florida Shots on Goal
line = 30.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)

Florida Power Play Goals
line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Florida First Period Goals
line = 0.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

Cody Hodgson Points
line = 0.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

Pick: Vancouver Canucks -141

(Click To Bet Now At Bodog (Bovada.lv If Your In USA))

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