The Vancouver Canucks are winners of three consecutive game for the first time this season. The Bruce Boudreau effect has well and truly taken effect thus far in the early days of his reign.
After a thrilling 4-3 (SO) victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday, Vancouver welcomes the juggernaut Carolina Hurricanes into Rogers Arena on Sunday night for game four of six in their home stand.
The Canucks, now 11-15-2 on the season, remain in 7th position in the Pacific Division, and sit eight points out of the second wild card position in the Western Conference.
Vancouver’s mini-resurgence has come at a much needed as it appeared their season looked lost in the dwindling days of the Benning and Green era. While making the playoffs is likely to steep of a mountain to climb this year after the horrid start, seeing progression under new management and staff is a positive for the fanbase.
Despite the special teams lacking against Winnipeg after a positive start in Boudreau’s first two games in charge, it’s good to see the Canucks can overcome their issues and win in-spite of them.
However, if Vancouver is going to beat the Hurricanes on Sunday, they’re going to have to play a near-perfect game with no deficits in the special teams ranks.
Carolina, currently battling for top spot in the tightly contested Metropolitan Division, have been one of the best teams in hockey over the last few years, and seem to have continued that trend into this year.
Led by coach Rod Brind’Amour, the Hurricanes nurture some elite talent such as Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov, and Teuvo Teräväinen. A well disciplined team, the Hurricanes are a defensively sound squad that make a very minimal amount of mistakes. Through 26 games this year, Carolina sits fourth in the league in points per game, and have the league’s second best penalty kill percentage.
The Canes will be playing the second half of a back-to-back on Sunday evening after taking on the Edmonton Oilers during an entertaining game on Saturday.
Expect the Canucks to roll with Thatcher Demko on Sunday and keep his roll between the pipes going, whilst the Hurricanes should turn to Antti Raanta after playing Frederik Andersen against the Oilers.
The odds for Sunday’s game between the Hurricanes and Canucks are courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook, the official sports betting partner of FanSided.
Hurricanes vs. Canucks Odds and Totals:
5.5 goals (over -110 // under -110)
Canucks +1.5 at -220
Hurricanes -1.5 at +185
Hurricanes vs. Canucks Prediction:
Vancouver has the good vibes rolling right now, and they’re going to play upbeat and tight hockey no matter who their opponent is. Carolina is coming off a long night in Edmonton after playing the previous night, and may be a little tired to start the game Sunday night. Despite this, Carolina does have an excessive amount of talent that can eradicate these situations when they arise, and they should provide great entertainment against the Canucks for the Rogers Arena faithful. This will be Vancouver’s most difficult task under Boudreau thus far, and I’m not quite sure they’ll come away victorious, however I expect the reborn Canucks to keep this game in check.
Pick: Canucks +1.5 at -220
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