Vancouver Canucks vs. New Jersey Devils - 10/8/13
New Jersey Devils (0-1-1) at Vancouver Canucks (2-1-0)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Arena)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -163 / New Jersey Devils +148 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The New Jersey Devils head into Vancouver to face off against the Canucks in one of the season’s most highly anticipated matchups.
The New Jersey Devils rarely face off against the Vancouver Canucks and while this would normally just be another stop for both teams this game has a very different feel to it as it marks the return to Vancouver for Devils goalie Corey Schneider. Schneider endured two gruelling seasons of splitting time with Roberto Luongo and after seemingly landing the starter’s job and the rumour swirling in Vancouver that Luongo was going to be moved it was Schneider who was dealt in a blind side deal at the draft in April. All things aside, however, the Devils have struggled this season and it was predicted that they might after losing David Clarkson and Ilya Kovalchuk over the summer and heading into Vancouver to face the Canucks who dismantled the Oilers on the weekend and playing in a back to back it might prove tough to come away with a win. That being said you can be sure that Schneider and his new teammates will be geared up for this one and will do anything they can to help their new teammate exact revenge.
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The Canucks are favourites once again to challenge for the Western Conference title as they return a solid portion of their roster, all of who have big game experience which is essential to winning in this league. Under new coach John Tortorella the Canucks promised to play with more of an edge than they did with Alain Vigneault and while that remains to be seen as the season plays out it would definitely be an added element that has been missing from this team over the past few seasons. The Canucks faithful are likely to give Schneider a very welcoming response when he steps onto the ice as he was a fan favourite here but once the puck drops they’ll be all business as will the players on the ice. This game will be a great one to watch especially between the pipes as the storylines write themselves and while I think the Canucks will best their former teammate I like the under in this one as I could see both goalies playing their best of the year.