Hockey betting expectations are as high as can be remembered for the Vancouver Canucks as they are among the top NHL betting commodities in the Western Conference.
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Detroit had a record of 20-8-2-1 with the hockey odds and was a most impressive 12-4-1-1 at home. The Red Wings went over the total in 13 of their first 18 home games. Detroit was a highly balanced team that ranked 3rd in the NHL for goal scoring and 11th for goals against. Detroit was leading the Central Division standings and was the top team in the Western Conference rankings.
The Red Wings have gotten excellent scoring depth from a variety of talented players staring with center Pavel Datsyuk who had 11 goals and 26 assists to lead the team in overall scoring.
Left wing Henrik Zetterberg had 10 goals and 23 assists, defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom had 7 goals and 19 assists, right wing Daniel Cleary had 14 goals and 9 assists, right wing Johan Franzen had 13 goals and 9 assists, right wing Todd Bertuzzi had 5 goals and 15 assists, and defenseman Brian Rafalski had 17 assists to make for one of the deepest lineups in the league.
Number one goaltender Jimmy Howard had a 2.62 goals against average and 2 shutouts.
Vancouver ranked 3rd in the Western Conference race and led the Northwest Division with a NHL wagering record of 18-8-2-2. The Canucks were 7-5-1-1 on the road and were an even 7-7 split on totals away from home. Vancouver showed exceptional balance ranking 4th in the NHL for scoring and 7th for goals against.
Left wing Daniel Sedin had led Vancouver with 16 goals and 22 assists with his twin brother Henrik, a center, right behind with 6 goals and a staggering 31 assists. Center Ryan Kessler was another hockey betting asset with 15 goals and 10 assists while Roberto Luongo had a 2.46 goals against average and 2 shutouts.