Canadiens vs Canucks 01/20/21 – Odds and NHL Betting Trends
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The Vancouver Canucks are 1-6-2 in their last nine games against the Montreal Canadiens. The Canucks will try to snap out of their current three-game losing streak when they host the Canadiens on Wednesday night in the first game of a two-game back-to-back series in Vancouver.
Vancouver is a +105 home underdog on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. This will be the Canadiens’ first game as the betting favourite this season going off at -125 on the road.
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The Canucks’ offensive struggles continued on Monday night as the team lost its third straight game, this time by a score of 5-2. Thatcher Demko finished the 2019-20 season on a hot streak against the Vegas Golden Knights, but he’s off to an ugly start in 2021 with an 0-2 record, a 4.65 goals-against average and an .883 save percentage. Braden Holtby has been better in his two starts with a 3.01 GAA and a .909 save percentage and is likely to get the nod in Wednesday’s matchup.
Last season, the Canucks had one of the NHL’s best home records at 22-9-4.
Montreal made some impressive moves this offseason including acquiring Josh Anderson through a trade and former Canuck Tyler Toffoli through free agency to add depth on offense and adding a solid backup for Carey Price in Jake Allen. Those moves have paid off early as the Canadiens are off to a 2-0-1 start averaging four goals per game on offense and Allen is 1-0 with a 1.01 GAA in his one start thus far. The Canadiens could take a solid step forward this season if their offense continues to gel.
Wednesday night’s total is set at six goals at sports betting sites. The UNDER is 4-2 in Vancouver’s last six games at home.
Vancouver ranked fourth best in the NHL on the power play last season with a 24.2% success rate; this season the Canucks are at 0% after starting the season in an 0-for-15 slump with the extra attacker. Getting the power play going could be the key to snapping out of this losing streak over the next two games against Montreal.
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