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The two square off in the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs and one has to figure that the loser of this series will be firing their head coach.
The San Jose Sharks can win because…
The Canucks are slumping right now. Vancouver enters the playoffs with just three wins in their last eight games. We know that the Canucks aren’t mentally strong enough to deal with this time of the year, so they usually need a running start to build up their confidence. Now they don’t even have that.
The Sharks have beaten the Canucks all three times this year while facing Cory Schneider each time. The games have been close (4-1, 3-2, 3-2) but it’s still a mental edge that will help them.
The Canucks are known as playoff choke artists. Why trust them with your money?
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The Vancouver Canucks can win because…
San Jose is struggling. They’ve lost three of four heading into the playoffs and when this team slumps, they tend to do it for prolonged periods of time.
Most people making their NHL picks can’t really figure out the Sharks. This is a team that started 7-0-0, then lost 16 of 21, then won eight of nine and finished up 5-5-1. If there’s one thing we do know about the Sharks it’s that they aren’t a good road team. While their home record is among the best in the NHL, they were just 8-16 on the road this year and that could be a big problem considering the Canucks have the extra home game in this series.
Outlook & Pick
There’s a lot less between these two teams than you might think. After all, only two points separate them in the standings.
This series is a complete toss-up on the NHL odds. These are two veteran teams that have watched their windows of opportunities close in previous years. On top of that, neither is playing particularly well heading into the second season. I could see this ending up 4-1 San Jose or 4-3 Vancouver. Pretty much any result is on the table. With the Canucks having home-ice advantage, I think I’ll roll the dice with them.
Series Pick: Canucks In Seven at Bet365
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