Detroit Red Wings vs. Vancouver Canucks - 12/18/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Vancouver Canucks (11-13-8) at Detroit Red Wings (16-9-6)
NHL Hockey: Friday, December 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Joe Louis Arena)
The Line: Detroit Red Wings -175 / Vancouver Canucks +158 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSDE+, TSN
The Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings play Friday night at the Joe Louis Arena.
The Vancouver Canucks could use a nice road victory after losing six of their last eight games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power plays. Daniel Sedin leads Vancouver with 14 goals, Henrik Sedin has 22 assists and Jannik Hansen has 58 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 77.9 percent of their power play chances. Ryan Miller has allowed 69 goals on 766 shots faced and Jacob Markstrom has given up 16 goals on 171 shots. Miller has allowed 10 goals in his last three games. Henrik Sedin is questionable with a lower-body injury.
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The Detroit Red Wings could also use a victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power plays. Tomas Tatar leads Detroit with 11 goals, Henrik Zetterberg has 19 assists and Dylan Larkin has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 81.7 percent of their power play chances. Petr Mrazek has allowed 41 goals on 544 shots faced and Jimmy Howard has given up 32 goals on 406 shots. Mrazek has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
The Canucks are 7-18 in their last 25 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-6 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. The Red Wings are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 36-17 in their last 53 Friday games. The Canucks are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Detroit and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Detroit Red Wings are playing more consistent hockey and have been really solid at home as of late. Catching a struggling Canucks team on the end of a back-to-back, the Red Wings should be able to win this game.