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Red Wings Look For Another Offensive Outburst At Vancouver Saturday

Posted by Don Melroe on 3/14/2013 10:07:22 PM

The Detroit Red Wings failed to capitalize on the opportunity to leapfrog a number of teams in the standings with back-to-back losses to the Columbus Blue Jackets, earning just one of a possible four points after registering back-to-back wins over the Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers. Part of the problem was a lack of offensive flare in those games, as the Red Wings managed just two goals in the two losses. Scoring certainly wasn’t a problem when Detroit put up a season-high eight goals in a win over the Vancouver Canucks in late February, an online betting effort they will look to duplicate when they visit the Pacific division leaders on Saturday night.

Detroit Red Wings @ Vancouver Canucks
Saturday March 16, 2013 – 10:00 PM ET
Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
NHL Sportsbook Line: Vancouver – 130

The Canucks haven’t been the same team since that loss to the Red Wings, losing six of their last eight games including a span of four-straight before they beat the Blue Jackets in a shootout on Tuesday night. Roberto Luongo was shelled for all eight goals against Detroit in their first meeting, so look for Cory Schneider to get the call in this one.

NHL Betting Preview: Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings confronted a losing streak with the appropriate response the last time they played Vancouver, and will look to do the same thing this time around following consecutive losses to Columbus. Jimmy Howard has been excellent again for Detroit this season, but the lack of goals against the Blue Jackets really hurt. The Red Wings have been a below-average scoring team this season with just 2.5 goals per game, and need more from depth players like Danny Clearly and Valtteri Filpulla following slow starts.

NHL Betting Preview: Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks have long been a team built around the scoring abilities of Henrik and Daniel Sedin, and that hasn’t changed one bit this season as those two superstars have averaged nearly a point per game. Vancouver will need more offense from other places if they are going to compete for a Stanley Cup in 2013, and that will continue to fall on the shoulders of players like Mason Raymond and Jannik Hansen. The Canucks could certainly use a boost from a powerplay that ranks just 24th in the NHL, a surprising number considering the talent they have on that top unit with the Sedin twins and Kevin Bieksa.

NHL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

The fact that Luongo has actually been the better of the two goalies so far this season will hurt the Canucks in this rematch, as they go with Schneider after Luongo was lit up by Detroit in the initial meeting. Schneider’s 2.63 goals against average is nearly at the same level of what Vancouver is averaging in terms of scoring this sports betting season, and that doesn’t project well for them against a Red Wings’ team that blew them away the first time around.

NHL Betting Pick: Detroit Red Wings



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