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Vancouver Canucks vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 10/16/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Carolina Hurricanes (0-0-1) at Vancouver Canucks (0-0-0)
Date & Time Sunday October 16, 2016, 10:00 PM (EDT)
Location
The Line
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -100 / Carolina Hurricanes -110 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Carolina Hurricanes look for their first win of the season as they stay on the road to face off against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.

The Hurricanes look to shake off a tough overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets in their season opener as they stay on the Canadian west coast to face off with the Vancouver Canucks in what is a revenge spot for former Vancouver goalie Eddie Lack who will be getting the nod in the crease for the Canes tonight. Carolina has undergone some changes over the last couple of seasons as they have moved on from long time captain Eric Staal who is now with the Minnesota Wild after a stint with the New York Rangers last season, but they do still have guys like Cam Ward who have been mainstays with this organization. However, the Canes are a changing team that is getting younger and I think they may struggle a bit this season as there time of being an Eastern Conference playoff contender every year has passed.

The Canucks meanwhile are reloading as they have added some pieces and while they don’t have a ton of depth offensively behind the Sedin twins and Loui Eriksson they could surprise a few teams in the Pacific division. Vancouver fell short of the playoffs last season which could be indicative of where their franchise currently stands and while they have a group of youngsters led by Jake Virtanen and a goaltender in Ryan Miller who is out for a strong campaign I don’t know if it is enough for this group to get back to the postseason. Jakob Markstrom is expected to get the call here after Ryan Miller started last night and against a well rested Canes side that could be trouble.

Carolina is 2-7 in their last nine road games and have played to the OVER in five of their last six games while the Canucks are 2-10 in their last 12 Sunday games and 0-4 in their last four against the Metropolitan division. The Canes surprised me a bit in their season opener against the Jets and while I don’t think they will be a playoff team I don’t see them being half bad either and I think catching the Canucks in a back to back with Lack starting is a great spot for Carolina. 

Pick:
Carolina Hurricanes -110
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