Canucks kick off final road trip in Minni
It appears as though all is well in Canuck-land once again after Saturday’s win against the Blue Jackets. Daniel Sedin ended a nine game goalless drought with two tallies and the goaltending was finally up to snuff thanks to Cory Schneider.
Vancouver Canucks (43-20-8) at Minnesota Wild (29-32-10)
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, March 19, 2012
Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Broadcast: SNET-P (HD), FS-N (HD), FS-WI (HD)
Canucks vs. Wild Betting Lines from Bodog
Spread: Canucks -1 ½ (+150): Wild +1 ½ (-170)
Moneyline: Canucks -190: Wild +172
Over/Under: 5 goals
*NHL ATS Matchup Report*
Now the Canucks have the privilege of taking on the worst offensive team in the NHL and the league’s second-worst home team – the Minnesota Wild.
Vancouver may be somewhat happy to get back on the road after a 3-4 home stand that raised more questions than answers. Vancouver is the second best road team in the league and is 17-8 in their last 25 away from Rogers Arena.
So much for the slump of the twins! Henrik Sedin has four points in his last two games and Daniel Sedin with his two goals on Saturday now has three points in two. Together, they have brought the Vancouver power play back to life and back to the top position in the NHL by recording four goals in their last six chances.
Christopher Higgins has maintained his hot streak and has been stellar on the second line with a five game points streak.
The Canucks own the fourth best offense in the league and with the way they are clicking, top spot is not out of the question with 11 games remaining!
Cory Schneider started on Saturday for a rather ineffective Roberto Luongo and recorded the win. He is 9-1-1 in his last 12 appearances with a 2.09 goals against average. Schneider is an impressive 5-2-0 in his last seven games against Minnesota with a 2.16 goals against average.
Roberto Luongo on the other hand is 0-3-0 in his last four starts with a 5.30 goals against average and an .845 save percentage.
It is obvious who should get the start Monday, isn’t it?
Minnesota has been awful as of late – 1-7-1 in their last nine games and seemingly finding a different way to lose every night. A look at the injuries shows that there is little reason for shame – Nik Backstrom, Mikko Koivu, Guillaume Latendresse and Pierre-Marc Bouchard are all out with injury.
Minnesota is dead last in the NHL in goals for – just 2.06 per game. At home, they are 29th in the league with a .500 record and they have scored only 80 goals in their 34 games so far. Who’s hot for the Wild? Kyle Brodziak has three points in two games and Erik Christensen has just two points in two games.
Josh Harding will likely start in goal. His numbers are confusing – 0-0-0 with a 3.21 goals against average in his last two starts.
Dave’s Free Won’t Cost You Anything Canucks vs. Wild Prediction
Minnesota is 9-32 in their last 41 overall and 1-7-1 in their last nine. Vancouver is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings including wins in the last three. The home team is 14-3 in the last 17 meetings.
The Canucks have finally woken up and should continue to roll against the hapless Wild. Nothing has gone right in Minnesota all season long and with the rash of injuries, it doesn’t appear as though there is any relief on the horizon.
On paper this is a mismatch – let’s hope that Vancouver’s renewed confidence on the power play can make it a mismatch on the ice!
Pick: Vancouver Canucks -190
Here are some interesting Player Props for Monday’s game:
Dan Hamhuis Points
line = 0.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)
Henrik Sedin Points
line = 1.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)
Daniel Sedin Shots on Goal
line = 3.5 Over (1.40) | Under (1.85)
Ryan Kesler Shots on Goal
line = 3.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)
Alex Burrows Goals
line = 0.5 Over (2.00) | Under (1.35)
Alexander Edler Shots on Goal
line = 3.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)
Kevin Bieksa Points
line = 0.5 Over (1.50) | Under (1.75)
Minnesota Shots on Goal
line = 27.5 Over (1.55) | Under (1.70)
Minnesota Power Play Goals
line = 0.5 Over (2.00) | Under (1.35)
Minnesota First Period Goals
line = 0.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)
Chris Higgins Shots on Goal
line = 3.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)
David Booth Points
line = 0.5 Over (1.45) | Under (1.80)
Game 72 Canucks vs. Wild: Land of 10,000 Lakes Calling
– NWSB Vancouver Canucks Insider Josh Hall breaks down the three most important Canucks qualms heading into Monday’s tilt against the Monnesota Wild. What is up with Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider? Is Alex Burrows angry? He should be. How about that Edler goal eh? Are the Canucks past their end of season slump?
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