Canucks vs. Nashville Predators betting odds & handicapping preview

Second versus Fifth in the West

The Vancouver Canucks will hope to keep their incredible roll going when they head to Tennessee to take on another of the teams entrenched in the playoff picture in the NHL’s Western Conference, the Nashville Predators.

Vancouver Canucks (38-15-6) at Nashville Predators (34-19-6)
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
Broadcast: SNET-P (HD), FS-TN
Canucks vs. Predators Betting Lines from Bodog
Moneyline: Canucks -114: Predators +103
Over/Under: 5 ½ goals
*NHL ATS Matchup Report*

These two teams always play each other tight – it should be interesting to say the least.

Vancouver has been virtually unstoppable the last few weeks – they are 10-0-3 over that span. The last time they lost in regulation was back on January 15th!

Although their play early in the streak wasn’t all that impressive, their most recent play certainly has been. Vancouver won games on Saturday and Sunday by a combined score of 11-4. Now comes the second game of their six game road trip against a very tough Nashville team that has been lights out on home ice.

Vancouver moved up to the top ranked offense in the NHL with their weekend explosion, thanks in large part to the twins. Daniel Sedin had six points in two games and Henrik Sedin matched that output.

There is no reason to think that the output will slow down – the boys each have six points in the three games against Nashville this season.

Line mate Alex Burrows has also been scorching and has four points in his last two outings. Ryan Kesler continues to play well as does David Booth. Vancouver’s offense is clicking on all cylinders at the moment – a scary thought for any of their upcoming opposition.

The Canucks have been guilty at times of some sloppy defensive play but they have tightened up considerably over the last week or so. Roberto Luongo is 3-0-0 with a 1.30 goals against average in his last three starts. Lou is 5-0-0 with a 1.71 goals against average in his last five games in Nashville – it is safe to say that we can count on Lou to be huge on Tuesday.

The Nashville Predators just keep getting it done don’t they? With a serious lack of star power, Coach Barry Trotz has this team firmly locked into a Western Conference playoff position… again.

The Preds currently sit fifth in the West despite an unflattering 5-3-2 record over their last 10 games.

Nashville is ninth in goals against this season – no surprise and 10th in goals for – big surprise. No longer is this team anemic in the offensive zone. Nashville has slowed a tad in the goal scoring department, maybe because Patric Hornqvist is out with injury.

Mike Fisher’s production has slowed as well. But Sergei Kostitsyn has 18 points in his last 21 games and Jordin Tootoo has three points in his last two.

Vancouver vs. Nashville

Vancouver Canucks vs. Nashville Predators Betting Lines & Handicapping

The real star of the Preds is Pekka Rinne who is 16-3-2 with a 1.98 goals against average and a .927 save percentage in his last 21 games. Rinne has struggled against Vancouver however – just 2-7 in his last 10 appearances against the Canucks.

Dave’s Free Won’t Cost You Anything NHL Betting Prediction:

The Canucks are 10-0-3 in their last 13 games and are 8-2-1 in their last 11 on the road. The Nashville Predators are 14-3 in their last 17 games at home – 7-0-1 in their last eight on home ice.

The home team is 7-1 in the last eight games between the two sides.

If Vancouver was playing the way they were this time last week, I would easily pick Nashville but the Canucks are absolutely scorching in both ends of the rink. That said, they are due for a loss.

Against the Predators, who are superb at home, it just may happen. Vancouver got the best of Nashville on February 7th in Tennessee, in a shootout and now it is the Predators’ turn.

There is a good chance that the Canucks regulation undefeated streak could continue – I like this game to go into extra time like 10 of Vancouver’s last 16 games have.

This time, I’m betting on a loss however.

Pick: Nashville Predators +103

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

Shea Weber Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Dan Hamhuis Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Henrik Sedin Shots on Goal
Line = 1.5 Over (1.45) | Under (1.80)

Daniel Sedin Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Ryan Kesler Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Alex Burrows Shots on Goal
Line = 2.5 Over (1.40) | Under (1.85)

Kevin Bieksa Shots on Goal
Line = 2.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Vancouver First Team to Score in Game?
Yes (1.55) | No (1.70)

Nashville Shots on Goal
Line = 29.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)

Nashville Power Play Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Cody Hodgson Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Chris Higgins Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

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  • Yeah, I don’t know about this. I like a shootout loss maybe. It’s going to be tough to score and Weber/Suter are better than anything Toronto or Edmonton threw at the Sedins. Glad the Preds are doing well enough to probably avoid them in the first round.

  •  I’ll take Burrows in overtime. The way Pekka Rinne (used to?) perform against the Canucks is always an issue, but the team is red-hot right now and I think they will survive another scare against the Predators tonight. The Canucks want to go streak vs. streak against Detroit on Thursday.

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