NHL Betting Preview: Vancouver Canucks vs. Nashville Predators Game 2

NHL Betting for April 23rd
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Tyson Cole
1 month ago
The Vancouver Canucks are back in action Tuesday night for game two against the Nashville Predators. In this NHL Betting article, you’ll be up to date with all the current Canucks odds and trends from this series to help you win a little bit of extra money this playoff season! 

Predators vs. Canucks Odds

  • Nashville Predators Moneyline Odds: +110
  • Vancouver Canucks Moneyline Odds: -130
  • Puck Line Odds: Predators +1.5 (-225), Canucks -1.5 (+185)
  • Game Total: 5.5 goals (over -125, under +105)
  • Time/Date: April 23rd, 7:00 PM PST
  • TV: Sportsnet, CBC
All odds courtesy of Bet365.

Last Matchup

In game one of this series, the Canucks scored the tying and go-ahead goal just 12 seconds apart to cement the comeback and steal the game from the Predators. Moneyline bettors would have cashed Canucks moneyline on Bet365 at -150 odds. 

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Check out Daily Faceoff for all the updates regarding the line combinations and goaltenders for Tuesday’s matchup.

Handicapping the Predators (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS, 1-0 O/U)

After blowing a lead in a game in which they lead for 22:45 minutes, only ever trailing with nine minutes remaining, expect an angry Predators team tonight. It will be interesting to see the Predators’ physical adjustments. Nashville has three of the top 17 hitters in the NHL this season, including Jeremy Lauzon, who broke the record for most hits, only finishing with three in game 1. 
The top line of Filip Forsberg, Ryan O’Reilly, and Gustav Nyquist, who helped carry the Predators offensively this season, was held scoreless at 5-on-5 in game one. In fact, they were on the ice for two goals against and outshot 4-1 when on the ice together. It will be challenging to keep these three contained, especially on the road, as the Predators had the eighth-best road record (24-14-3) in the regular season.
If the Predators have any chance of stealing a road game in Vancouver, those three need to create more offensively. 

Handicapping the Canucks (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS, 1-0 O/U)

The Vancouver Canucks had the fourth-best home record (27-9-5) in the entire league this season, so defeating them in Rogers Arena will be a tall task – especially with a 51-32 SU record on the season. 
Sunday was the first home playoff game in Vancouver since the 2015 season and the first for all of the Canucks players currently on the roster. To say the players could feel the emotion in the building would be an understatement. 
Canucks players spoke about some guys tearing up during warm-up with the level of support they felt in the building. That somewhat explains the slower start for the Canucks, as they registered just four shots in the opening frame. Now, with the first win under their belt, the team can get the emotions out of the way and focus on a solid start that will fuel the fire that is the crowd. 

Projected Lineups

While it’s an optional skate for both teams today, this lineup and configuration is yet to be confirmed. Sam Lafferty seemed to struggle in the opening game, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ilya Mikheyev moved up in the lineup.  
Casey DeSmith comes in for the injured Thatcher Demko. This one hurts Canucks fans but remember, DeSmith came up huge against the Edmonton Oilers when he had a rest. DeSmith hasn’t played since, so he’s well-rested and hopefully primed for tonight’s match. 
No projected lineup changes for the Predators. 

Predators vs. Canucks Injury News

The Predators have no news on the injury report.
The Canucks had no injury news up until Frank Seravalli broke the news that Thatcher Demko would be out for Game 2 and potentially the series.
There’s no word on what the injury may be or the timeline for his return. 


Team Betting Trends

  • Vancouver is 4-0 against Nashville this season, outscoring them 17-8. Vancouver is 7-3 in their last 10 home games, while Nashville is 5-5 in their last 10 road games. 
  • Nashville is 7-3, while Vancouver is 6-4 to the over 5.5 over their last 10 games. When these two teams meet, they have gone over in seven of their previous 10. 

Player Prop Betting Trends

  • The Joshua-Lindholm-Garland line continues to stay hot. Joshua has five points in his last four games. Lindholm has points in six of his previous seven games. Garland has 12 points in 10 of his last 11 games. Here are the point prices on Bet365 for these three players: Joshua (+130), Lindholm (+110), and Garland (-120).
  • Luke Evangelista has been on a shooting spree. Over his last six games, he has cleared his 2.5 shot on goal line (+120) in five games, averaging 5.0 shots on 6.7 shot attempts. Vancouver allowed 9.0 shots to the Predators’ right-wingers in game 1.
  • Quinn Hughes has registered nine assists in his last 10 games. He has also had an assist in seven straight games against the Predators, totalling 13 — his assist prop for tonight’s game is set at -125 odds. 

Best Bets for Canucks Army

  • With the massive blow to this Canucks team of Thatcher Demko’s injury, along with the Predators going over in seven of their last 10, the Canucks going over in six of their previous 10, and their historical numbers, the bet today is the Over 5.5 at -115 odds.
  •  Quinn Hughes proved last game how valuable he is to the Canucks team when they’re down and need a spark. He put the team on his back in the final frame, leading the offence by registering two assists. We’ll also be playing Hughes’ assist prop at (-125) odds.

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