December 4, 2016

NHL Hockey Betting: Vancouver Canucks at New Jersey Devils

NHL Hockey Betting:  Vancouver Canucks at New Jersey Devils&h=253&w=372&zc=1

East against West at the Prudential Center in Newark on Tuesday night as the Vancouver Canucks try to improve upon a 3-7-1 road record as they face the New Jersey Devils. The Devils are just 11-7-6 overall for 28 points but they’re the only team in the NHL that has yet to lose at home. New Jersey is 7-0-2 on home ice and 3-4-3 in their last ten games. Vancouver is 11-12-2 on the season but have taken points in 7 of their last 10 games with a 6-3-1 record. Right now they’ve got the third worst record in a jam packed Western Conference but they’re just 7 points off the divisional lead.

New Jersey will start Cory Schneider here and he’s been solid though not spectacular. Schneider is 8-6-4 on the year with a 2.63 goals against average and a 0.912 save percentage. As far the Canucks it’s tough to say who will start. Ryan Miller is tentatively ‘penciled in’ to the starting spot though he’s yet to be confirmed by the team. They’ve been receiving better–or at least more consistent–play from his backup, Jacob Markstrom. Miller has really struggled on the road where he’s got a 1-6-0 record for a -5 unit loss on the season.

New Jersey has only two wins in their last 8 games but only two of the six losses in that stretch were by multiple goals. They’re coming off of a 5-4 come from behind win at Nashville where the Predators collapsed defensively in the third period. The Canucks beat Toronto 3-2 at home on Saturday night in their last action. This is the first of a five game road trip for Vancouver with stops after this at Tampa Bay, Florida, Washington and Carolina. Potential ‘lookahead’ spot for the host who will play at the Bell Centre against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

Not sold on the Devils’ glossy home record and we’re going to get some nice value going against it. We’ll play the Canucks who are ‘under the radar’ playing good hockey and fit the profile of our long running ‘West vs. East’ angle. We’ll take the big price with the Canucks and look for them to give New Jersey their first regulation loss of the year at the Prudential Center.