Hockey bet expectations could not be higher for the Vancouver Canucks as they are the top seed in the Western Conference and one of the most balanced teams on the bet hockey board.
The Vancouver Canucks will host the Nashville Predators on Thursday night with a starting time of 10 PM ET. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this Western Conference matchup that has significant playoff implications so be sure and open your account today.
Nashville was 31-25-5-3 with the hockey gambling odds and was 17-16-1 on the road. The Predators went over the total in just 11 of their 34 away games. Nashville lost 4 games in a row from February 19 through February 26 and went over the total just 1 time in 10 games from February 5 through February 26.
Nashville’s recent woes and fall in the Western Conference standings can be largely attributed to one of the worst offenses in the league that ranked 28th for goal scoring. Defense has been what has kept the Predators in the playoff chase as they ranked 3rd for goals against average.
Pekka Rinne had a 2.16 goals against average with 21 wins and 4 shutouts. Patric Hornqvist led Nashville with 17 goals.
Vancouver was leading the Western Conference playoff race with a mark of 39-15-4-5. The Canucks were a strong home team with a record of 22-6-1-4 and they went under the total in 15 of their 33 games as a host. Vancouver’s excellence with the hockey lines is immediately apparent as they ranked 1st for goal scoring and 1st for goals against.
They boasted the top ranked power play in the NHL and the 4th best penalty killing unit. Daniel Sedin led the Canucks with 79 points and Roberto Luongo had a 2.27 goals against average.
Nashville has not had much long term success at Vancouver with just 7 payouts in their last 19 visits and a mark of 2-4 in their last 6 games at “The Garage.” The series has gone over the hockey bet total in 8 of the last 10 meetings between the teams in Vancouver.