Pittsburgh Penguins (8-5-2) at Vancouver Canucks (6-4-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 4, 2017, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +131 / Pittsburgh Penguins -145 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Pittsburgh Penguins look to shake out of their recent road funk as they head into Vancouver to take on the Canucks on Saturday night.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a pivotal road win in Vancouver on Saturday night and continue their recent success against Pacific division foes as they take on a Canucks side that has overachieved to start the season and looks as though they are on their way back into swoon everyone expected to see this season. The Pens are the two time defending Cup champions and while they haven’t had the start many expected they still have the personnel that ranks them among the league’s best teams and should be considered a favourite to win it all again this season, which is absolutely unheard of in this salary cap era. Matt Murray is expected to get the start as he will face off against Jakub Markstrom who has taken over as the everyday goaltending option for the Canucks.
The Canucks got off to a fast start this season but have since cooled off and look like the team many expected to see as a league doormat this season as they were pasted by the Devils in their last outing and things don’t get any easier in this one. Vancouver is going through a rebuild and a rebranding as they are imminently transitioning from the Sedin’s to the next wave of stars in Vancouver led by Jake Virtanen and Bo Horvat, but for the time being there are going to be some rough times ahead for the Canucks and this season doesn’t look to be one to remember.
The Pens are 1-4 in their last five road games and 5-2 in their last seven against the Pacific while the Canucks are 16-37 in their last 53 overall and a woeful 6-20 in their last 26 home games. Pittsburgh is the much better team here and while Vancouver’s road woes have to end soon but not tonight against the defending champs.