Vancouver Canucks (20-19-3) at Nashville Predators (17-16-7)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 10, 2017, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Nashville Predators -185 / Vancouver Canucks +166 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Vancouver Canucks look for a rare road victory as they head into the Music City to do battle with the Nashville Predators.
The Canucks look for just their sixth road game in 19 tries as they take on the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night who are 10-5-3 at home this season in what should be a tough outing for Vancouver who doesn’t match up well with good defensive teams. The Canucks are on a 7-3 stretch in their last 10 games though and are looking more like the team we saw in the first two weeks of the NHL season as opposed to the group we saw throughout most of November and December and while this inconsistency is frustrating to deal with as a handicapper it is tenfold for management, players, and fans alike. The Canucks will likely send Ryan Miller to the crease here as he looks to continue his respectable season as he will match up with Pekka RInne who has an impressive 2.47 goals against average this season and is right in the mix for the Vezina Trophy once again.
The Predators meanwhile have had to battle their own inconsistent play this season as they had been one of the biggest disappointments through the first month of the season, and while they are still without PK Subban to help out on the blue line and on the power play, they have been playing much better of late. The Preds are actually two points behind the Canucks in the Western Conference wild card picture right now but they do have two games in hand and do have a more complete team than their opponents tonight but the line on this game is still way off as Nashville is a huge favourite against a team who is playing the better hockey of late.
The Canucks are 6-1 in their last seven games overall and 4-1 in their last five against the Central while the Predators are 1-5 in their last six against the Western Conference and 1-7 in their last eight against the Pacific. The line in this is completely off and while Nashville may be the better team overall the Canucks are playing the better hockey now and the trends lean in their favour at a ridiculous price.