Can the Vancouver Canucks end their road trip with a win?
The team is coming off a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night, thanks to a stellar performance from Jaroslav Halak, as well as goals from Alex Chiasson, Brock Boeser and Luke Schenn.
With the victory, the Canucks improved their record to 20-19-6 on the season, but do still remain seventh place in the Pacific Division. Vancouver is technically only two points out of the second wildcard spot in the Western Conference, but with the discrepancy in games played between all NHL teams, this point difference is likely not an accurate representation of the gap between them and a playoff spot.
The Canucks will get right back on their travels and head east to take on the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night in the second game of their back-to-back.
Nashville is well rested after having not played since Thursday, when they fell 3-2 to the Edmonton Oilers in a shootout. The Predators are the surprise team in the NHL this year, and sit with a record of 27-14-4, good enough for second position in the Central Division.
Led by head coach John Hynes, Nashville boasts talents including the likes of Roman Josi, Filip Forsberg, and Matt Duchene. Unlike the Canucks, the Predators have very reliable special teams units, holding the eighth ranked power play and the 11th ranked penalty kill. 5-3-2 in their last ten games, Nashville has been very good defensively by allowing two goals or less in regulation during four of their last five games.
This will be the third matchup between these two squads this season. The Predators won the first game in Vancouver 3-2, however the Canucks returned the favour by winning 3-1 on the road in Nashville just two weeks ago.
We should be witnessing a fantastic goaltending matchup on Tuesday in Bridgestone Arena when two all-star goalies, Juuse Saros and Thatcher Demko, are likely to be between the pipes at either end.
The odds for this game are courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook, the official betting partner of FanSided.
Over 6.0 goals at +100
Under 6.0 goals at -120
Canucks +1.5 at -160
Predators -1.5 at +130
Coming off a much needed road win in Chicago, expect the Canucks to come out a little sluggish on Tuesday night in Nashville.
Vancouver will have spent all night travelling to another road game, whilst Nashville will be at home following five days of rest. Despite playing .500 hockey in their last ten games, the Predators should be the favourite, especially considering their surprise upstart in the league this year.
Expect this game to start off slow given the teams two differing situations, but don’t be surprised if the two clubs inject life later on. It’s hard to make a game pick in such a tight match-up, but, given the goaltenders playing in this game, the under definitely has a good shot of hitting.
Pick: Under 6.0 goals at -120
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