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The Detroit Red Wings continue their Western Canada road trip tonight as they visit the Vancouver Canucks.

Detroit Red Wings vs Vancouver Canucks Prediction: Look for the Canucks to Light the Lamp

The Wings are 0-2 on this trip with losses to Calgary, and most recently, a 7-5 decision to the Oilers on Tuesday night. This young Detroit team flirted with a playoff spot for a few months, but have fallen off lately as they have lost eight of their last nine games.

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Detroit Red Wings vs Vancouver Canucks Prediction

GM Steve Yzerman noted that many of their players would be available for trade in the coming days as we approach the trade deadline on Monday. The Canucks are off a 6-3 home win against New Jersey on Tuesday night. The Nucks are streaking toward a playoff spot as they are currently only one point behind slumping Vegas for the last Wild Card spot, and three points behind Edmonton for third in the division.

I am a big fan of this Canuck team as Bruce Boudreau has been the perfect fit for them. I do think they get one of the playoff spots. To do so they need to handle these bottom feeder teams like the Red Wings.

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Detroit has been leaking goals during their eight of nine losing streak. The Wings have given up 52 goals, which is an astronomical 5.77 per game average. The Wings are also giving up 35.4 shots per game during that span. On the road this season, the Wings are allowing a league high 4.00 goals per game on a league worst penalty kill rate of 65.8%. Five on five on the road, the Wings have given up 70 goals, which is eighth-most in the league and a fifth-most 309 high danger scoring chances. Vancouver's offense is rolling right now as they have scored at least four goals in seven of their last 10 games while averaging 4.4 goals per game during that span. Let's focus on the reign of Bruce Boudreau. In the 18 home games under Bruce, the Nucks are averaging 3.4 goals per game and they have scored 16 home power play goals during that span, which is sixth-most in the league. The Canucks have scored 28 goals in five on five situations over the past ten games, which is fourth-most in the league during that span. JT Miller is racking up the points as he has recorded six goals and 22 points during those 10 games.

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I like the way Vancouver's offense is trending, as mentioned they need to handle teams like the Red Wings to continue their playoff push and I think they will tonight.

Detroit Red Wings vs Vancouver Canucks Pick

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Bo Horvat Over 2.5 SOG -110 (Bet $110 to win $100)

Horvat has hit this mark in 17 of 26 home games this season, including 10 of his last 12. At home, he averages 3.30 shots per game. The Wings are allowing 11.00 shots per game to Centers on the road this season, which is seventh most in the league. Horvat has scored eight goals over his last five home games as well so he has the hot hand right now, which means he'll keep looking to shoot.

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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Tone has been handicapping the four major sports for over twenty years. An NHL enthusiast, Tone’s expertise lies on the ice. He’s excelled and profited finding the right angles on NHL games, particularly with player props, game props, and game totals. A contributor to several gaming sites, you can follow him on Twitter @TonesTakes.


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