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Vancouver Canucks vs. Detroit Red Wings - 1/20/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Detroit Red Wings at Vancouver Canucks
Date & Time Sunday January 20, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
Rogers Arena
Vancouver, British Columbia
The Line
The Line: Detroit Red Wings +115 / Vancouver Canucks -141 -- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FSDT, RSNP
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The Detroit Red Wings and Vancouver Canucks meet Sunday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.

The Detroit Red Wings could use a victory here after losing six of their last nine games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 16.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Dylan Larkin leads Detroit with 20 goals, Gustav Nyquist has 31 assists and Andreas Athanasiou has 125 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 76.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 88 goals on 1,034 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 63 goals on 582 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last nine games.

The Vancouver Canucks also need a big win after losing five of their last eight games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 17.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 22 goals, Bo Horvat has 22 assists and Brock Boeser has 112 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 99 goals on 1,079 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed three goals on 39 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 14 games.

The Red Wings are 1-6 in their last 7 Sunday games, 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 22-47 in their last 69 overall. The Canucks are 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win and 4-0 in their last 4 Sunday games. The Red Wings are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Vancouver and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 31-15-4 in Canucks last 50 home games. The over is 20-8-1 in Red Wings last 29 road games.

The Detroit Red Wings have been fade material nearly all season, as the defense gets cooked and there's not enough firepower to respond. However, the Red Wings are running into a Vancouver Canucks side that's not exactly lighting the world on fire in their own right and has had trouble stringing wins together. The Red Wings have won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Canucks. The Red Wings and the plus money may be worth taking for once if forced to pick this contest. 

Pick:
Detroit Red Wings +115

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