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Canucks vs. Red Wings - 1/3/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Detroit Red Wings (20-9-9) at Vancouver Canucks (21-12-3)
Date & Time Saturday January 3, 2015, 10:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -130 / Detroit Red Wings +118 --- Over/Under: 5
TV Channel
FSDT
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NHL | Detroit Red Wings (20-9-9) at Vancouver Canucks (21-12-3)
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The Detroit Red Wings and Vancouver Canucks play Saturday night at the Rogers Arena.

The Detroit Red Wings have won three of their last four games and begin a six-game road trip. The Red Wings are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Detroit Red Wings have six power play goals in their last four games and have won six straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist have combined for 30 goals, Henrik Zetterberg has 24 assists and Johan Franzen has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the Red Wings are allowing 2.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Jimmy Howard has allowed 60 goals on 764 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has given up 16 goals on 193 shots.

The Vancouver Canucks have lost seven of their last 10 games and are losing ground in the Pacific. The Canucks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Vancouver Canucks have four power play goals in their last four games and have won three straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Radim Vrbata leads Vancouver with 15 goals, Daniel Sedin has 24 assists and Chris Higgins has 86 shots on goal. Defensively, the Canucks are allowing 2.7 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last eight games. Ryan Miller has allowed 67 goals on 751 shots faced and Eddie Lack has given up 25 goals on 297 shots.

The Red Wings are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 9-23 in their last 32 games playing on 2 days rest. The Canucks are 13-5 in their last 18 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The Red Wings are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. 

The Red Wings have beat up the Canucks in recent memory and are playing solid hockey while Vancouver is stinking it up. Not sure how you can pass up the plus money in this spot. 

Pick:
Detroit Red Wings +118

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