San Jose Sharks vs. Vancouver Canucks - 11/6/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Vancouver Canucks (9-4-0) at San Jose Sharks (7-4-2)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center)
The Line: San Jose Sharks -155 / Vancouver Canucks +141 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Canucks look to continue their red hot start and make a statement to the rest of the league wen they head into San Jose on Thursday night to take on the Sharks.
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The Vancouver Canucks stormed back from being down 2-1 after 40 minutes against the Avalanche in their last outing before ripping off four third-period goals en route to a 5-2 final that gave them their ninth win of the season. The Canucks demonstrated resiliency and proved they are a team to watch out for in the Western Conference season and a large part of their success stems from the play of Ryan Miller in the Vancouver crease as has a spectacular 9-1 record through his first 10 games. Vancouver was expected to take a step back after dealing Ryan Kesler in the offseason but instead they are thriving and moving forward with confidence and Nick Bonino who came over in the Kesler deal has really thrived with his new team and will be a big part of the team's game plan moving forward.
The Sharks continue to move about their business as usual but surprisingly they have only won two of their first four games on home ice this season, a place where they rarely lose hockey games. San Jose looked like world beaters through the first two weeks of the season but they have since hit a road block and are a .500 team through their last 10 contests and get a Vancouver team that supersedes them by two points in the Pacific division. There is no question the Sharks are a good team but many people figured that Alex Stalock would take over from Antii Niemi at some point this season and while the latter is a true professional it's hard to keep your mind in check sometimes when there is a ton of pressure from the backup and to me that can definitely impact your confidence. I have no idea how the line is this inflated as the Canucks are playing the better hockey and have the league's best goalie at the moment so taking the Canucks to even push this thing to overtime is a great price.