It is safe to assume not many who bet online had the Vancouver Canucks with a better record than the Carolina Hurricanes heading into this matchup. The NHL betting lines favor the visiting Hurricanes to win the first game of the season between the teams.
Carolina has lost three games in a row to drop into fourth place in the Metropolitan Division. The Hurricanes are j6-9 outright on the road. Despite winning its last game, Vancouver is 5-5 in its last 10 games. Nine of the 17 wins by the Canucks have come at home.
The teams have split the two games in each of the last three seasons with both road teams winning one-goal affairs during the 2022-23 season. Three of the last four games between Carolina and Vancouver finished under the total. Keep that in mind when it comes to the hockey bets today.
J.T. Miller scored three of Vancouver’s five goals in the two matchups with Carolina a season ago. Sebastian Aho had two of Carolina’s six goals versus Vancouver.
Winger Andrei Svechnikov is day-to-day for Carolina after missing Thursday’s loss to Calgary. Defenseman Tony DeAngelo hasn’t played since Nov. 8.
For Vancouver, defensemen Guillaume Brisebois, Tucker Poolman, and Carson Soucy are out as is forward Pius Suter.
Issues Between Pipes for Carolina
Goaltending is a concern for Carolina as the Hurricanes are last among the 32 NHL teams with a save percentage of .867.
The Hurricanes have used three goalies with Pyotr Kochetkov having a save percentage of .881 and a 3.21 goals-against average on the road. Those numbers are still better than what veteran Antti Raanta has done in road games. He is 2-3 with a 3.58 GAA and a save percentage of 3.58.
Frederick Andersen has been the most effective of the three goals but he is currently on injured reserve with a blood clot issue.
When looking at the NHL odds, keep in mind that the total has gone under in 13 of Carolina’s last 20 games and in four of the last five road games.
Special Teams Thriving for Vancouver
Vancouver has turned on the power this season.
The Canucks are third in the NHL with 0.96 power-play goals per game and fourth with a power-play percentage of 26.8.
🪄 Just some Miller magic on the power play 🪄 pic.twitter.com/zVtxfqcpuw
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) December 6, 2023
Vancouver has scored on 26-of-97 power-play opportunities and joins the Anaheim Ducks as the only team yet to allow a shorthanded goal. Through 27 games last season, Vancouver had nearly identical numbers with the man advantage but allowed five short-handed goals.
In the last 20 games for Vancouver, 13 finished over the NHL betting line total.
The NHL betting line total has gone under in five of Florida’s last six games.
Aho, Miller Prop Picks
Take a look at the options for a pair of proven goal scorers when it comes time to make NHL bet predictions.
Carolina’s Sebastian Aho has no points in his last three games and he is far too talented for that to continue.
Aho has -176 odds to have at least one point in this game.
Miller is tied for the most power-play goals this season at home and he has had previous success against Carolina so don’t be surprised to see his name into the scoresheet once again.
The player prop bets have Miller at +179 to score a goal and it might be worth taking that action.
Hurricanes vs Canucks Game Prediction
Predicted Score: Canucks 3, Hurricanes 2
Canucks Could Feast On Home Cooking
Vancouver is second only to the Philadelphia Flyers against the Puckline, covering in 19 of 27 games.
Carolina is 4-11 against the spread on the road compared to a 9-4 mark for Vancouver on home ice. That is something to consider when making hockey picks for tonight.
Vancouver is 12-2 in its last 14 home games against Carolina.
Add that to the fact that Carolina has scored four goals in the last three games and it makes sense to go with Vancouver to take care of business at home.
NHL Pick: Vancouver +1½ (-250)
Will Hurricanes and Canucks Save Best for Last?
Vancouver is first and Carolina third in the NHL in goals scored in the third period of games so there might be some late offensive fireworks in this matchup.
However, that might not be enough for this game to finish over the total.
NHL Pick: Under 6½ (+101)
Hurricanes vs Canucks Betting Lines
Hurricanes vs Canucks Game Information
- Game: Hurricanes vs Canucks
- Date/Time: Saturday, December 9, 10 p.m. ET
- Location: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
- Hurricanes vs Canucks Live Stream: NHL.TV
Questions of the Day
Which team is more likely to score the first goal in the Hurricanes vs Canucks game?
Vancouver has scored 30 goals in the first period this season, five more than Carolina so go with the Canucks to strike first.
What is the best player prop bet for Hurricanes?
Sebastian Aho is due to break out after being held without a goal or an assist in each of the last three games so he will be a best bet in the player props.