Ottawa Senators vs. Vancouver Canucks - 11/3/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Vancouver Canucks (4-4-1) at Ottawa Senators (6-3-0)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)
The Line: Ottawa Senators -159 / Vancouver Canucks +127 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Vancouver Canucks look for a better fate as they continue their road trip on Thursday night against the Ottawa Senators.
The Canucks couldn’t find a way to solve Carey Price last night and now they face off against another strong goaltender in Craig Anderson who has had a whirlwind of a week both on and off the ice. Vancouver started the season off with a bang but haven’t been able to sustain that momentum and have now lost five games in a row and are starting to see their spot in a wild card spot slip away. The Canucks weren’t expected to do much in the Pacific division in many hockey circles in the preseason and while the campaign is still very fresh and the Canucks have some talent I am not sure they can do enough to stay competitive in a division that includes the Kings, Ducks, and the surging Oilers. Jacob Markstrom is expected to get the start after Ryan Miller played last night as he will face off against Anderson.
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The Senators meanwhile are starting to pick up steam and their veteran goaltender is 6-1 on the year and has his team surging right now in the Atlantic division standings. Ottawa made some moves at the trade deadline last year and in the offseason by bringing in Derrick Brassard who is a stable force in the Ottawa top six, but if this group is going to continue their push they need to get their blue line chipping in offensively, namely Erik Karlsson. Ottawa has a ton of depth and some very skilled youngsters who will give guys like Bobby Ryan some alleviated pressure and overall this is a team capable of going to the playoffs and with a home win here they can start convincing others of the same.
The Canucks are winless in their last five games and 8-20 in their last 28 Thursday games while the Sens are 5-1 in their last six home games and 5-1 in their last six against the West. Vancouver’s losing ways have to stop soon but Ottawa is playing very well right now and are a tough out at home. I am taking the Sens here