In one of Friday’s top matchups, the Metropolitan Division leading New York Rangers host the Minnesota Wild at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are among a group of 4 teams in the Metro, Pittsburgh, Washington, and Carolina are the other three, with at least 55 points. Minnesota will enter Friday night’s contest with 53 points. Which team does enough to secure the victory?
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Canucks vs. Sharks Game Information
Quick trip to Sunny California ☀️ pic.twitter.com/YHDOT3HYIV— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) February 17, 2022
- When: Thursday, February 17th, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
- Where: SAP Center, San Jose, CA
- TV: NBCSCA, SNP
- Radio: Sportsnet 650 AM (Canucks) // KUFX 98.5 FM (Sharks)
- Live Stream: NHL Live
- NHL Betting Odds: Canucks -1.5 / Sharks +1.5
Why Bet on the Vancouver Canucks?
The Canucks are playing decent hockey. Vancouver has won 3-of-5. Not only that, but the two losses were against strong squads. Both the Nashville Predators and the New York Islanders are tough teams. In Vancouver’s last, the Canucks beat an Eastern Conference power in Toronto. Also, even though Vancouver has a bad record, the Canucks allow just 2.7 goals per, ranking eighth in NHL. Vancouver’s defense should have no trouble keeping San Jose from knocking the puck into the net.
Why Bet on the San Jose Sharks?
The Sharks are due for some luck. Since an inspiring 4-1 win against the Washington Capitals on Jan. 26, San Jose has failed to grab another victory. To be fair, the 4 straight losses were agianst four of the top teams in NHL: the Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Edmonton Oilers. On Thursday night, San Jose plays against a team closer to their level, the Vancouver Canucks. The Sharks can beat the Canucks and will be fired up to do so in front of their home crowd.
Canucks vs. Sharks Betting Trends
- Vancouver are 5-1 SU in the last 6 games against San Jose.
- Vancouver are 4-2 SU in the last 6 games on the road.
- The total went under in 4 of Vancouver’s last 5 games against an opponent in the Pacific Division division.
- San Jose are 1-6 SU in the last 7 games.
- San Jose are 1-4 SU in the last 5 games at home.
- The total went under in 4 of San Jose’s last 5 games.
Canucks vs. Sharks Expert Betting Predictions
Based on points, these two are inseparable. Vancouver has 50 points. The Sharks boast 48 points. But although they appear inseparable based on records and points, Vancouver is the better team. San Jose ranks twenty-third in goals per with 2.7 each match.
The Sharks rank twenty-first in goals allowed with 3.1 each game. Vancouver sends a top ten defense to the ice every night. Goalie Thatcher Demko has 19 wins and allows just 2.53 goals each contest.
The Canucks last played on Feb. 12. So there’s a real chance Demko steps onto the ice for this match. If he doesn’t, Vancouver will still be okay because Jaroslav Halak allows less than 3 goals per match.
The road team’s offense isn’t terrific, but it heads into this after dropping 3 onto Toronto. J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist in the win. Miller leads Vancouver with 48 points.
In the last head-to-head, J.T. blasted the Sharks with 2 assists and an unassisted goal. The Canucks dominated San Jose 5-2. Unless Miller doesn’t put on the skates, Vancouver looks like an easy winner. The Canucks’ moneyline is the play.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.