The Vancouver Canucks remain one of the hottest teams in the NHL right now, winning five consecutive games for the first time this season. After a thrilling 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets, in which Vancouver trailed 3-0 after 20 minutes, the Canucks remain undefeated under new head coach Bruce Boudreau.
Vancouver has improved to a record of 13-15-2 on the year, and despite still being 7th in the Pacific Division, they’re only four points out of a wild card spot in the Western Conference.
After staying going 5-1 in their six-game homestand, Vancouver is going on a one-game road trip to face the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center at San Jose also known as the” Shark Tank.”
San Jose, losers of four of their last six games, host Vancouver coming off a 3-1 defeat at home to the Seattle Kraken. Holding a record of 15-13-1, the Sharks sit 5th in the Pacific Division, only three points ahead of the Vancouver.
San Jose, led by head coach Bob Boughner and players such as Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson, and Timo Meier, play a very system-based style of hockey, focused on keeping puck possession and limiting opponents chances. As a result of the style that they play, San Jose ranks in the bottom-half of the league in goals scored, and rank in the top-half in terms of goals conceded.
After a rough outing from Jaroslav Halak on Tuesday against Columbus, Thatcher Demko will certainly regain his crease against San Jose. While the Sharks, who split games pretty evenly between goaltenders James Reimer and Adin Hill, will keep their decision close to their chest up until puck drop.
The odds for Thursday’s game between the San Jose and Vancouver are courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook, the official sports betting partner of FanSided.
Sharks vs. Canucks Odds and Totals:
5.5 goals (over -120 // under +100)
Canucks +1.5 at -220
Sharks -1.5 at +175
Sharks vs. Canucks Prediction:
The Canucks are playing sublime hockey under Bruce Boudreau right now. After a deflating first period against Columbus in which it looked like the bubble had burst on Vancouver’s winning streak, the Canucks showed excellent resilience to score four unanswered goals and take two more points from their home stand. This was definitely Vancouver’s most impressive win of the season by far. Despite the Sharks being favourites at home in this game, they have lost four of six, regressing a tad bit from where they were just a few weeks ago. Right now, I’m going to keep backing the Canucks until they fail me. Give me Vancouver to win this game in a low scoring affair.
Pick: Canucks Moneyline +110
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