Carolina (11-9-5) at Vancouver (13-10-4)
When: Tuesday, December 5th 2017
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Time: 10:05 ET | TV: FSN Carolina, Sportsnet Pacific
Opening Odds: Vancouver -106/5.5
The struggling Carolina Hurricanes begin a season-long six-game road trip in the Pacific Northwest on Tuesday when they visit the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. Carolina dropped four of five before recording a 3-2 overtime victory over Florida at home on Saturday night. Jeff Skinner ended an eight-game drought by scoring his team-leading 10th goal of the season and defenseman Noah Hanifin scored at 4:58 of the extra session for the Hurricanes, who have dropped their last two on the road (0-1-1). Vancouver resumes their three-game homestand that began Saturday with a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Jacob Markstrom came within 2:52 of his first career shutout and Daniel Sedin recorded an assist one game after getting three points to eclipse 1,000 for his career. Brother and captain Henrik Sedin, also set up a goal, giving him at least one in six of his last seven games. This is the first meeting between these teams in 2017-18 after splitting a pair last season with the home team winning both.
Scott Darling will likely get the start in net for Carolina after taking the night off Saturday and watching Cam Ward start for just the fourth time in 11 games. The former Conn Smythe Trophy winner has been relegated to the backup goaltending role behind Darling. Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho each recorded an assist Saturday, ending their respective three and four-game point droughts. Defenseman Justin Faulk has recorded only seven points in 25 games this season and is stuck on 199 for his career after being kept off the scoresheet in each of his last four games. Faulk is coming off an All-Star season in which he scored 17 goals and notched 20 assists.
Rookie Brock Boeser is off to a flying start, leading the Canucks in goals (13) and points (25). The Calder Trophy-candidate ended November with a three-point effort against Nashville on Thursday, including his 10th and 11th goals of the 30-day period. He became the second rookie in franchise history (Pavel Bure, 12 in March 1992) to reach double digits in goals in a calendar month and earning him the NHL’s Rookie of the Month honors. Markus Granlund, who scored a career-high 19 goals last season, tallied his fourth of 2017-18, and first in seven games in Saturday’s win over Toronto. Defenseman Michael Del Zotto needs two points for 200 in his career and enters Tuesday’s contest in a five-game drought.
This Vancouver team has trouble scoring, ranking 23rd in the league, but they’re coming alive lately with three 5-goal outbursts in their last seven games. I like the Canucks in this one.
Pick: Canucks +100
- Hurricanes are 20-41 in their last 61 road games.
- Hurricanes are 4-9 in their last 13 Tuesday games.
- Hurricanes are 2-6 in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- Hurricanes are 2-6 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference.
- Hurricanes are 1-4 in their last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Hurricanes are 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win.
- Canucks are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest.
- Canucks are 5-1 in their last 6 Tuesday games.
- Canucks are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Canucks are 9-21 in their last 30 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Canucks are 7-17 in their last 24 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Canucks are 2-5 in their last 7 games following a win.
- Canucks are 7-18 in their last 25 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Canucks are 7-21 in their last 28 vs. Metropolitan.
- Canucks are 5-22 in their last 27 home games.
- Canucks are 1-11 in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Over is 3-0-2 in Hurricanes last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Over is 6-1 in Hurricanes last 7 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Over is 5-1 in Hurricanes last 6 vs. Western Conference.
- Under is 4-1 in Hurricanes last 5 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Under is 4-1-1 in Hurricanes last 6 road games.
- Under is 4-1 in Hurricanes last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- Over is 3-1-1 in Hurricanes last 5 games following a win.
- Over is 5-1 in Canucks last 6 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Over is 5-1 in Canucks last 6 vs. Metropolitan.
- Over is 7-2 in Canucks last 9 overall.
- Under is 20-7-3 in Canucks last 30 games following a win.
- Over is 10-4 in Canucks last 14 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Over is 7-3 in Canucks last 10 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Under is 11-5-6 in Canucks last 22 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Over is 2-0-2 in the last 4 meetings.
- Home team is 12-3 in the last 15 meetings.
- Hurricanes are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings.
- Hurricanes are 1-11 in the last 12 meetings in Vancouver.
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