Vancouver Canucks (3-4 SU, 3-4 PL, 4-3-0 O/U) vs Detroit Red Wings (4-4 SU, 6-2 PL, 6-2-0 O/U)
When: 7:00 PM EDT, Sunday, October 22, 2017
Where: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan
Lines: Detroit -142/ Vancouver +129
NHL hockey action on Sunday evening and the Vancouver Canucks will travel to Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan to rumble with the Detroit Red Wings. The Canucks are off a 4-2 road win over the Sabres, while the Red Wings are off a 4-3 home loss to the Capitals in OT. Goalie Probables: Jacob Markstrom will get the nod for the Canucks and he will be opposed by Jimmy Howard.
Sendin Lifts Canuck Over The Sabres
The Canucks have not had a great start to their year, but they are playing a bit better of late as they have won two of their last three games, which includes road wins over Ottawa and Buffalo. This was a horrible road team last year as they went just 12-29 away from home a year ago, so to get a couple of wins on this trip was huge for them. In their last game, they took out Buffalo by a score of 4-2. The Canucks trailed the game 2-1 as they went to the 2nd period and fought back to take a 3-2 lead on a goal by Daniel Sedin at the 8:10 mark of the 2nd period. It was his 2nd goal of the year. The Canucks then added an empty net goal by Derek Dorsett with just 22 seconds left in regulation to seal the deal. It was his 2nd of the game and 4th of the year. Also scoring in the win was Markus Granlund, which was his 1st of the year. Jacob Markstrom got the start in the crease and he stopped 20 of 22 shots to move to 2-3 with a 2.73 GAA on the year, including 1-0 with a 2.20 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 19-36 with a 2.90 GAA on the road and 8-13 with a 2.70 GAA during the month of October, while against the Atlantic Division he has gone 10-17 with a 2.63 GAA, but this will be his first meeting with Detroit.
The Canucks have been a below average on offense so far as they come in ranked 18th in the league in scoring at 2.71 gpg, while also ranking 26th in shots taken (29.9 spg) and 25th in power play conversions, converting on 11.4% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they rank 18th in goals allowed, giving up 3.00 gpg, while also ranking 11th in shots allowed (30.4 spg) and 18th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 20.0% of their chances.
Red Wings Blow It Against The Caps
The Detroit Red Wings got off to a nice 4-1 start as they look to rebound from a very bad season a year ago. Well, they have now lost their last three games in a row after falling to the Capitals at home by a score of 4-3 in OT on Friday night. The Red Wings had a very good chance of winning the game as they held a 3-2 lead late in the 3rd period, but the Caps scored with just 1:01 left in regulation and then they went on to win the game in OT. This is a rebuilding team that needs to learn how to close out games as they showed against the Caps. Scoring for the Red Wings in the loss was Darren Helm, which was his 1st of the year and Tomas Tatar, who scored twice in the game and now has three on the year. Petr Mrazek stopped 37 of 41 shots, but still was saddled with the loss and is now 1-3 with a 3.24 GAA on the year. Jimmy Howard will get the nod in this one and he has gone 3-1 with a 2.54 GAA on the year, including 1-1 with a 2.52 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 113-93 with a 2.34 GAA in his home games and 25-20 with a 2.20 GAA during the month of October, while against the Pacific Division he has gone 49-45 with a 2.40 GAA and he is 13-9 with a 2.47 GAA in his career against the Canucks.
The Red Wings have been average on offense so far as they come in ranked 16th in the league in scoring at 3.13 gpg, while also ranking 18th in shots taken (30.9 spg) and 23rd in power play conversions, converting on 15.6% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been a bit below average so far as they check in at 19th in goals allowed, giving up just 3.13 gpg, while also ranking 18th in shots allowed (33.1) and 11th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 17.1% of their chances.
- 8-22 in their last 30 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation
- 9-25 in their last 34 vs. the Eastern Conference
- 6-1 in their last seven vs. the Western Conference
The Vancouver Canucks were not a very good road team last year, but they have won two of their first three games on this road trip. The Red Wings started out 4i-1 on the year, but they have lost their last three games overall. These two teams are headed in opposite direction, but I expect that to change here as the Red Wings are still the better team in this game and the Canucks are still a team that is bad on the road. The Red Wings have the advantage in the crease and Detroit has won four of their last five home games in this series. Take the Red Wings in this one.