For The NHL Gamblers!
The Vancouver Canucks were absolutely humbled on Saturday night – a 4-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. The Canucks players would like to throw the tape of that game in the trash – nothing went right. Next up is the San Jose Sharks, a team on a tidy four game win streak including a home-and-home sweep of the Mighty Ducks!
Vancouver Canucks (19-10-1-5) at San Jose Sharks (17-11-3-3)
When: 10:30 PM ET, Monday, April 1, 2013
Where: HP Pavillion at San Jose, San Jose, California
Broadcast: SNET-P, CSN-CA+
Canucks vs. Sharks Betting Lines from Bodog
Vancouver Canucks +1½ -280 +110 Ov 5 -110
San Jose Sharks -1½ +235 -121 Un 5 +100
Canucks Look to Rebound Against Suddenly Hot Sharks
If this was 10 days ago, the game might be a walk but the Sharks, who are now in the top eight in the Western Conference have a renewed sense of what they were when they started the season off so hot.
The Vancouver Canucks were due for a bad loss. Truth be told- they haven’t played great and their six game win streak was on the back of Cory Schneider who was uncharacteristically off on Saturday night. Vancouver has averaged just 1.86 goals per game in their last seven games overall and have gone 2 for their last 56 on the power play. It is hard to imagine the Canucks not breaking out at some time – the question is when?
Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin and Alex Burrows looked good Thursday night when they were reunited by head coach Alain Vigneault but they were unable to recreate any sort of chemistry Saturday night. The Canucks will need this line to produce – Mason Raymond in pointless in three games and Jannik Hansen hasn’t registered a point in four games.
It hasn’t been determined who will start in goal for Vancouver on Monday – you would have to think that Cory Schneider, if called upon will rebound. He, despite an awful outing is 5-1-0 in his last six games with a 1.17 GAA and .955 save % age with two shutouts. Roberto Luongo looked good in relief on Saturday and may also get the call. He is 2-4-0 in his last seven appearances with a 3.71 GAA and .859 save % age.
The San Jose Sharks are in the midst of a nice seven game home stand – nice because they are 11-1-4 so far this season on home ice. Along with the Ducks, the Sharks have also beaten the Coyotes, the Pacific Division leader in the last week – they are playing some tight hockey right now. And why not? This team was thought of as a contender in the West and they were one of the best teams in the NHL for the first month of the season!
Joe Pavelski has scored in four straight games, including two game-winners, while adding two assists over that stretch, Brent Burns has 10 points in 10 games and Dan Boyle has three points in four games. The rest of the sporting cast has played well too making the Sharks a balanced team once again.
But the San Jose resurrection has a lot more to do with goaltending rather than offense. Antti Niemi is 3-0-0 in his last three games with a 0.56 GAA and .974 save % age. He has been stellar for the Sharks and giving them a chance to win every night. And the Canucks fans know all about Antti Niemi!
Dave’s Won’t Cost You Anything Free Betting Prediction:
A few trends to consider:
• Under is 7-0-1 in VAN last 8 overall.
• Under is 9-1-1 in VAN last 11 Mon. games.
• Under is 17-5-5 in VAN last 27 road games.
• Under is 5-1-3 in SJ last 9 vs. Northwest.
• Under is 11-3-1 in SJ last 15 home games.
• SJ are 9-3 in their last 12 vs. Northwest.
Nobody can like the way Vancouver is playing at the moment. Their six game win streak was far-from-dominant! The Sharks are money at home this year although the Canucks have won five of their last seven visits to HP Pavilion and San Jose is playing far better hockey on the whole than Vancouver.
Simply put – San Jose is looking good – Vancouver isn’t.
Pick: San Jose Sharks -121