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Don’t Go Against Canucks in Game 2 vs Predators

The Vancouver Canucks will hope to take a 2-0 series lead over the Nashville Predators when the teams clash in game two of the playoffs Tuesday. Despite Nashville getting off to a stronger start in the series opener, it was the Canucks that came away with the 4-2 win in the end. Vancouver was one of the stronger teams at home this season, and NHL odds has it favored in game two as well. Click here to bet on hockey, including the Canucks aiming for victory in Game 2!

 

Don’t Go Against Canucks in Game 2 vs Predators
Don’t Go Against Canucks in Game 2 vs Predators

Predators vs Canucks Game Information

  • Game: Predators (47-30-5) vs Canucks (50-23-9)
  • Location: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
  • Day/Time: Tuesday, April 23, 10 p.m. ET
  • Predators vs Canucks Live Stream: NHL.com

 

Predators vs Canucks Odds and Spreads

 

  • Nashville is 0-5 in its last 5 versus Vancouver.
  • Vancouver 4-2 in its last 6.
  • Canucks are 4-1 in their last 5 home games.
  • Predators are 0-8 in their last 8 First Round games.
  • Predators are 0-7 in their last 7 playoff games as an underdog.

 

 

Secondary Scoring Boosts Canucks

The Canucks ended the regular season as one of the top offensive teams in the NHL, averaging 3.40 goals for sixth in the league.

Although most of that scoring was attributed to leading goal scorers Brock Boeser, JT Miller and Elias Pettersson, they weren’t the ones getting it done for Vancouver in the series opener. Boeser, Miller and Pettersson all scored over 30 goals in the regular season, with Boeser scoring 40 while Miller ended the regular season with 103 points, but they combined for just two assists in Game 1.

Instead, it was Dakota Joshua (two goals) and defenseman Quinn Hughes leading the way for the Canucks. Though Joshua only had 32 points and 18 goals for Vancouver all season, six of those 18 goals came in the final 11 games of the regular season. Hughes aided with two assists after finishing with 92 points in the regular season, and while it’s great for Vancouver to get scoring from its depth, it will need its top line to step up as well to make a deep run.

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Canucks G Demko to Miss Game 2

Thatcher Demko returned back between the pipes for Vancouver not long before the regular season ended, and he looked strong in his first playoff start. Although the Canucks’ defense stayed strong in front of him, Demko had 20 saves and allowed two goals in the win.

However, a report out of Vancouver on Tuesday said the goaltender will sit out Game 2 and is questionable for the rest of the series. Casey DeSmith is expected to replace Demko. DeSmith, who was 12-9-6 with a 2.89 goals-against average this season, made 26 saves in a 2-1 win at Nashville on Dec. 19.

On the other side, Predators starter Juuse Saros had a few more issues, allowing three goals in the opener. Saros didn’t have the strongest finish to the regular season with a .866 save percentage over his last three games. He also struggled against the Canucks, recording a .834 save percentage. With Vancouver’s offensive prowess, he’ll need to be stronger in net to help pull the Predators out of the first round.

Canucks to Go Up 2-0 on Preds

The Predators didn’t have much luck against the Canucks in the regular season, falling in all three games, and they’re not likely to have much on the road in the playoffs either.

Vancouver owns one of the best home records in the NHL at 27-9-5 and it should keep it that way with another win over Nashville. Even with the Canucks’ top three scorers slowed in the series opener, they still found a way to produce and win with some outside scoring.

Their top three aren’t likely to have another game like that, especially knowing Demko is out. With Saros’ struggles remaining, Vancouver may be too much for Nashville to handle on the road.

 

Prediction: Vancouver (-150) grabs another win at home

 

 

Questions of the Day

What is the Canucks’ record at home?


Vancouver is a strong 27-9-5 at home this season.

Who leads the Canucks in scoring?


JT Miller leads Vancouver with 103 points while Brock Boeser leads with 40 goals.

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