Betting hockey online handicappers are impressed with a Vancouver team that is among the most balanced and talented in all of NHL betting and a team that is poised for the next step.
The Nashville Predators will host the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night with a starting time of 8 PM ET. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this potential preview of the Western Conference playoffs so be sure and have your account open and ready for action.
Vancouver had a NHL sports betting record of 36-11-4-5 and was 16-7-3-1 on the road. The Canucks were a break even 13-13-1 on over unders in away games. Vancouver was the top team in the Northwest Division and was in a close race with the Detroit Red Wings for the top spot in the Western Conference playoff race.
Vancouver has proven to be the most complete and balanced team in the league as they ranked number one in both goal scoring and goals against. They also had the top ranked power play in the NHL and were a highly impressive 4th in the league for penalty killing.
The Canucks have remained in good form as of late with 7 payouts in 8 games from January 24 through February 12 with the last 5 games of that stretch going over the total. Left wing Daniel Sedin led Vancouver with 29 goals and 44 points while his twin brother Henrik Sedin, a center, had 12 goals and 55 assists. Roberto Luongo had a 2.22 goals against average with 3 shutouts.
Nashville had a betting NHL mark of 30-19-4-3 and was a strong 13-5-3-3 at home with just 8 of their 24 home games going over the total. The Predators had one of the best defenses in the NHL as they ranked 3rd for goals against while their offense was sluggish and ranked 26th for goal scoring. Nashville was in 2nd place in the Central Division standings and was 4th overall in the Western Conference.
Shea Weber led the Preds with 35 points and goaltender Pekka Rinne had a 2.11 goals against average to also be a key betting hockey online asset for Nashville.