Another heavyweight showdown – Van-City vs. Jersey Shore
The Vancouver Canucks will play another Top Tier NHL team on Friday night – their third in four nights on the road. Their opposition this time – the New Jersey Devils who have gone 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and have garnered points in 11 of their past 13 contests.
Vancouver Canucks (39-16-6) at New Jersey Devils (35-20-4)
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, February 24, 2012
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Broadcast: SNET-P (HD), MSG PLUS
Canucks vs. Devils Betting Lines from Bodog
Spread: Devils -1 ½ (+260)
Moneyline: Canucks -101: Devils -109
Over/Under: 5 ½ goals
*NHL ATS Matchup Report*
The Vancouver Canucks escaped Detroit on Thursday night having ended the Wings’ uber-impressive 23 game home win streak. Now they are on to New Jersey who, like the Canucks have anointed themselves as one of the hottest teams in the NHL going 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.
Fatigue could be a factor – the Canucks have played three games in four nights on the road while the Devils last played Tuesday night in a 4-3 win against the Leafs in Toronto.
Vancouver played a superb game on Thursday night – full marks for the win. After being shut down in Nashville, the twins showed up on a huge way once again – Daniel Sedin had two goals and Henrik Sedin had two assists. That is eight points in four games for each – and they were shut out on Tuesday!
Cody Hodgson finally got back into the scoring column after being silenced for three games and the second and fourth lines were terrific again.
Offensively, Vancouver really showed something on Thursday – hopes are that they didn’t burn up all of their good play!
Roberto Luongo was strong again and is now 4-1-0 in his last five games with a goals against under 2.00. There is a chance that Cory Schneider starts on Friday – he is 3-0-0 with a 1.96 goals against average in his last three starts. Either way, goaltending won’t be an issue for Vancouver on Friday.
The New Jersey Devils have been sensational the last couple of weeks and have crept up to fourth place in the Eastern Conference on the heels of four straight wins.
Surprisingly, the Devils rank 10th in the NHL in goals for and 13th in goals against. It is no secret as to why the Devils have been so good offensively – Ilya Kovalchuk is Top 10 in NHL scoring and has 18 points in his last 10 games.
Patrik Elias has been good and rookie Adam Henrique is near the top in rookie scoring – he has six points in his last four games.
And then there is Martin Brodeur! He has to be comeback player of the year doesn’t he? Brodeur is 5-1-0 with a 1.48 goals against average and a .947 goals against average in his last six starts.
Dave’s Free Won’t Cost You Anything NHL Betting Prediction:
Vancouver will be a tired team and they could be due for a letdown after an emotional win on Thursday night even though they are 7-2 in their last 9 games against New Jersey.
Three games in four nights is tough for any team but on the road in a different time zone against three quality teams may be too much for even the NHL elite. Expect the Canucks to play well but to run out of gas.
The Devils are smokin’ hot and should be able to take advantage of a weary Canucks squad!
Pick: New Jersey Devils -109
Here are some interesting Props Bets for Friday’s game:
Ilya Kovalchuk Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (2.00) | Under (1.35)
Henrik Sedin Points
Line = 1.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)
Daniel Sedin Shots on Goal
Line = 3.5 Over (1.50) | Under (1.75)
Ryan Kesler Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)
Alex Burrows Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)
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)
New Jersey Shots on Goal
Line = 27.5 Over (1.55) | Under (1.70)
New Jersey Power Play Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)
Maxim Lapierre Points
Line = 0.5 Over (2.40) | Under (1.20)
Chris Higgins Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)
David Booth Shots on Goal
Line = 2.5 Over (1.40) | Under (1.85)
Game 62 Canucks vs. Devils: Oh the Sites We Can See (Part Three)
– NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks writer Josh Hall delivers you a list of site the Nucks should see before Friday’s tilt versus the New Jersey Devils.
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