Two clubs that are facing each other for the final time this season, the Detroit Red Wings and the Vancouver Canucks take the ice at Rogers Arena for an East-West tilt. Fox Sports Detroit will air the game, and the puck drops at 10 p.m. ET on Monday, November 6.
Detroit Red Wings vs. Vancouver Canucks Odds
Vancouver enters the contest as the substantial favorite with a moneyline of -140. The line for Detroit sits at +120. The Over/Under (O/U) is set at 5 goals and initially opened at -135 for the over and +115 for the under. That line has since shifted however, and it now sits at -140 to bet the over, +120 for the under.
Vancouver is 7-6 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 3.3 units this year. That early-season winning percentage is a surprising improvement over the 30-52 record from last year’s regular season campaign. Out of its 13 regular season contests, seven of them have gone under the total, while six have gone over and none have pushed. The team is 3-5 SU at home this season.
The Canucks have converted on just 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 29th overall in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked ninth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 83.3 percent of all penalties.
As a team, the Canucks have been called for penalties 4.2 times per game this season. Last year, they posted the fourth-lowest figure in the league with 3.2 penalties per game. After serving an average of 7.9 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays for a noteworthy 11.8 minutes per outing this season.
Sporting a .921 save percentage and 25.5 saves per game, Jacob Markstrom (four wins, six losses, and two OT losses) has been the best goalkeeper for the Nucks this season. If Vancouver decides to give him the night off, however, head coach Travis Green could turn to Anders Nilsson (3-1-1 record, .943 save percentage, 1.89 goals against average).
Brock Boeser and Sven Baertschi will each look to continue their strong seasons for the Canucks. Boeser (13 points) is up to five goals and eight assists and has recorded two or more points in two different games this year. Baertschi has four goals and seven assists to his credit and has notched a point in five games.
Earning -2 units for moneyline bettors, Detroit is 7-8 straight up (SU) overall this year. Through 15 regular season outings, seven of its games have gone over the total, while another seven have gone under and none have pushed. As the away team, the Red Wings are 5-5 SU so far.
The Red Wings have converted on 16.7 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 11th overall and it’s successfully defended 83.1 percent of all penalties.
Detroit’s players have been penalized 4.5 times per game this season, a number that’s climbed some from the 3.7 penalties per game given up last year. After serving an average of 8.8 penalty minutes per game a season ago the team’s had to stave off opponent power plays for 9.7 minutes per outing this year.
Jimmy Howard (30.1 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for Detroit. Howard owns a 5-6 record, and has registered a .927 save percentage and 2.53 goals against average this year.
Leading the offensive counter for the visiting Red Wings will be Anthony Mantha (seven goals, six assists) and Mike Green (one goal, 12 assists).
Detroit Red Wings vs. Vancouver Canucks Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Canucks, O/U – Over
- The Red Wings are 5-3 SU when they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Canucks are 3-2 SU in games where they serve more minutes than the opposition.
- The total has gone under in three of Vancouver’s last five games.