NHL Picks: Canucks Road Trip Benefits Wings... And You!

Vancouver Canucks

Dana Lane

Sunday, October 22, 2017 6:49 PM GMT

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 6:49 PM GMT

Only one option today as the Vancouver Canucks continue their road trip with their first visit to Little Caesars Arena to take on the Detroit Redwings, Puck drops at 7:00 ET, 4:00 PT

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It looks as if the public and ‘Sharp’ bettors agree as money has come in on the Detroit Redwings pushing the number from an opening -145 to -150 in some spots. According to the SBR odds page over 63% of all wagers taken by SBR approved books have come in on the Wings. Thankfully we can almost always go to Matchbook and get a better number than the biggest line offered. The total sits at 5.5 shaded to the ‘under’ with most action coming in on the plus price ‘over’.

 Injuries

Vancouver Canucks Loui Eriksson (Knee) Mid to late November return

Detroit Red Wings Danny DeKeyser (Ankle) Day to day

 

Starting Goaltenders

Vancouver Jacob Markstrom (2-2-1, .902, 2.73) - Probable

Detroit Jimmy Howard (3-1, .922, 2.54)- Probable

Of all of the games I’ve seen in person this year the Detroit Red Wings pop in my mind as being the team with the most speed. Granted I haven’t seen many of the upper echelon teams except for Boston and St. Louis but it makes me wonder how the Canucks will contend with the speed of a home team that is waiting for the Vancouver who is playing their fourth road game in the last six days.

The Wings started the season 4-1 and played well against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto maple Leafs, and the Washington Capitals but Jeff Blashill’s team is looking to get back into the playoffs and in order to do that they must find a way to beat teams like Vancouver who are not very good especially when fatigue could be factor.

When trying to compare these two teams statistically there isn’t much separation, the separation comes when you start measuring intangibles. Detroit has clear leadership in Henrik Zetterberg who looks as if he’s 100%. Zetterberg anchors a line that features Gustav Nyquist and Anthony Mantha. The 14-year veteran is averaging over a point a game while getting a healthy amount of ice time, when healthy, he’s as good of a playmaker as anyone on Vancouver. Nyquist isn’t lighting the lamp on a consistent basis but I do predict that he’ll get his 20 goals while Mantha looks like 30 is in his future.

By comparison, the Canucks top line is once again led by Henrik and Daniel Sedin. Henrik is off to a slow start and probably shouldn’t be a top line center. Daniel is on pace to get 20 plus goals but he has been so defensively irresponsible resulting in an early -4, doesn’t look like much but he’s on pace to be a -47, looks different when you stare at it from that angle.

The numbers aren’t differentiating these teams much but the top line comparison does. We’re crushing the Wings today for 10 units.

Free NHL Pick: Detroit Redwings -138Best Line Offered: at Matchbook
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