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Vancouver Canucks vs. Winnipeg Jets - 12/22/13

Winnipeg Jets (16-16-5) at Vancouver Canucks (21-11-6)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Rogers Arena)

The Line: Vancouver Canucks -173 / Winnipeg Jets +157 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds


The Vancouver Canucks will host the Winnipeg Jets in one of the two NHL games on a light Sunday card.

The Canucks are playing excellent hockey right now, losing only two of its last ten contests. Each of the two losses were on the road, one at the always difficult Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota and the other to a Dallas team that is finally putting things together.  The Canucks protect the home ice well, which is reflected in the current five game winning streak in Vancouver, and in the 10-5-2 home mark on the year. In the last five games at Rogers Arena, the Canucks have only allowed opponents a goal per game on average, which is a product of a strong penalty kill and stellar goaltending from Roberto Luongo and Eddie Lack. The Canucks have surrendered 54 goals to opponents on the road, but Roberto Luongo’s bunch has only allowed 34 goals against over 18 games in Vancouver. Which equates to less than a 2.00 GAA at home this season. On the other end of the ice, the Sedin twins compete with one another for team leader in points, each currently with 33, putting them both inside the NHL’s top 20 in points.

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Vancouver Canucks vs. Winnipeg Jets - 12/22/13

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Coming off of a much needed win, the Jets head back on the road for a pair of back-to-back games before the holiday break. Despite only winning two of its last six games the Jets will look to build on a win over Florida on Friday. However, Winnipeg posts an unimpressive 0-4 record in the last four games following a win. After going 0-4-1 with a GAA over four in his previous five games, Ondrej Pavelec did his best against Florida to silence his critics, and his efforts were good enough to get the win. Fact still remains that Pavelec has a 2.86 GAA and .908 save percentage on the season, and an unsuccessful past against Vancouver.

With Winnipeg’s sporadic offense and the strong Vancouver defense and goaltending, I think the right play here is Vancouver. The line here has gotten pricey since it opened, so I suggest taking a look at the Canucks in regulation.

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