Faulty Defenses Lean NHL Pick Towards 'Over' in Canucks-Jets Game

SBR Staff

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 12:50 PM UTC

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 12:50 PM UTC

Canucks come in off a very tough loss in Montreal, while the Jets have now lost their last six games. Who will break their losing streaks in this game? Check our NHL odds analysis & picks inside.

Canucks Blow Three Goal Lead In Loss To Canadiens
Sometimes when you’re struggling to win, you find ways to lose games and that’s what happened on Monday night in Montreal for the Canucks. Vancouver jumped out to a three goal lead in the game and they were on the power play with a chance to make it 4-0, but a shorthanded goal by Lars Eller turned the whole momentum of the game around. From there, it was all Montreal as they scored the next two goals to tie the game before winning it in OT. These are things that happen to struggling teams.

Vancouver got goals from Adam Cracknell, Jared McCann and Daniel Sedin for the Canucks, who have been a solid offensive team this year, ranking 10th in scoring (2.8 gpg). The goal by Sedin was his 6th of the year and ties him for the team lead with McCann. Taking the loss in goal was Jacob Markstrom, who is now 1-1 with a 3.40 GAA on the year. Ryan Miller is 5-11 with a 2.48 GAA on the year, and he should get the start in this one. He is also 14-11 with a 2.60 GAA vs the Jets in his career.


Loss To Blues Puts Skid At Six Games
Much like Vancouver, the Winnipeg Jets are struggling right now as they come in on a six game slide. On Monday they took a tough loss at the hands of St Louis Blues. Winnipeg fell down 2-0 at the end of the first, and then quickly tied it at two in the second, but then a little over a minute late, the Blues got a goal from David Backes and that ended up being the last goal of the game. Dustin Byfuglien and Bryan Little each scored in that second period for the Jets and their goals were just 36 seconds apart. The Jets just weren’t able to do anything else the rest of the way.

Michael Hutchinson absorbed the loss in the game and is now 4-4 with a 2.82 GAA on the year. Ondrej Pavelec should get the start in this game and he is 4-7 with a 2.96 GAA on the year, while in his career vs the Canucks he is 2-5 with a 2.98 GAA. Winnipeg has been a very average offensive team this year, as they come in ranked 16th in scoring at 2.6 gpg, while also ranking 24th on the power play. Defense is where they have had their issues this year, as they rank 27th in goals allowed (3.2 gpg) and 15th in penalty kill.


Trends for Vancouver:
The Over is 6-1-1 in their last eight road games

The Over is 16-5-5 in their last 26 vs. Central


Trends for Winnipeg:
The Over is 13-3-2 in their last 18 vs. Pacific

The Over is 7-3-1 in their last 11 home games

Some nice NHL odds support this play, but what also supports the play in the defense of both teams. The Canucks come in allowing 2.6 gpg on the year, and they have allowed three goals or more in each of their last seven games. The Winnipeg Jets have been one of the worst defensive teams in the league as they have allowed 3.2 gpg on the year, including allowing 4.5 gpg in their last six games, giving up at least three goals in each game. Winnipeg is average on offense, while the Canucks have been good at that end of the ice. The MTS Centre should see plenty of goals in this one, so keep that in mind for your NHL picks.

Free NHL Pick: Over 5.5 at Bookmaker

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