March 24, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

NHL Betting: Canucks vs. Avalanche

The Vancouver Canucks hookup with Colorado tonight in the second-half of Hockey Night in Canada’s double-header and we break down the matchup with odds, betting tips and NHL trends


Vancouver and Colorado rank 6th and 12th respectively in penalty kill but the Avs have killed 18-of-19 in their past seven, going 5-1-1

 

Vancouver is 1-1-1 through the first three legs of its current four-game road trip but the loss of Daniel Sedin is the headline story of this tour.

 

Daniel has headaches and grogginess and there is no timetable for his return but in the meantime, it looks like Mason Raymond is the only permanent fixture on the first line with Henrik Sedin. Coach Alain Vigneault experimented with Alex Burrows and Zach Kassian on the opposite wing during the 2-1 win against Dallas, with Raymond also getting 3:26 minutes of power play time on the top unit.

 

The entire team played with a lot of heart, something that was missing during a 3-4 homestand that preceded this road trip. The players all recognize it and perhaps if there is one thing positive that could come from Daniel’s injury, it could be the spark that it seems to have ignited throughout the locker room and out on the ice.

 

Online sportsbooks currently have this game listed at Vancouver -107 with a total of 5 Over (-125). The puckline actually favors the home side, with Colorado paying back +291 if they can win by two and team totals are Canucks “Over” 2.5 (-115) and Avalanche “Over” 2.5 (-108).

 

NHL odds for 60 minute betting show Colorado -.5 (+156) but don’t be lured in by that line. The Avs have gone to extra time in five of their past seven games and are tied for the league-lead with 21 games decided in overtime (16-5).

 

Vancouver (12-9) is right next to the Avs in number of overtime/shootout games and while they’ve eased off lately, who can forget the 13-game streak from Jan. 10 to Feb. 13 when the Canucks played 10 games into OT.

 

BEHIND THE MASK

Roberto Luongo (27-14-8, 2.47 GAA, .917 SV) will start for the road team and he has a perfect 3-0 record vs. the Avs this season including a 3-1 home win the last time these clubs met Feb. 15.

 

Semyon Varlamov (25-21-2, 2.58 GAA, .913 SV) is booked for the Avalanche and he is 0-3 against the Canucks this season (0-4 lifetime) with a 3.54 goals against average.

 

KEY TRENDS

– The Canucks have won eight of their past 10 visits to Mile High, outscoring Colorado 33-18 in the process

- Colorado has won five-straight divisional games since Feb. 17

- The Avalanche have 2 overs and 7 unders in their past nine games against teams from the Northwest

 

For more on this game, please visit the EveryEdge sports betting forum.

 

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