Vancouver Canucks vs. Seattle Kraken Prediction, NHL Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated Jan 01, 2022

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The Canucks and the Kraken know better than anyone just how brutal the Pacific Division is this season as the new rivals square off Saturday.

Vancouver
40-30-7-5
AT
January 01, 2022, 10:00 PM ET
Climate Pledge Arena
Seattle
27-49-5-1
Puckline +1.5 -274
Moneyline -125
Over / Under o +5.5

84%

Betting Action

16%

Puckline -1.5 +227
Moneyline +104
Over / Under u +5.5

84%

Betting Action

16%

The Canucks have nine wins over their past 11 games but remain second-last in what has become the most difficult division in hockey. The expansion Kraken, meanwhile, come in having dropped four in a row and have just two wins in 10 games against Pacific competition.

Canucks vs. Kraken NHL Betting Odds

Being a road favourite hasn’t exactly agreed with the Canucks so far this season, who are just 1-2 outright in the three previous scenarios (but are coming off a 6-2 win in Ottawa in their most recent stint as a road fave). Vancouver is 7-8-2 away from B.C. for the season, while the Kraken (+100) have posted a 6-10-2 mark at Climate Pledge Arena in their first NHL season. Vancouver earned a 4-2 home victory in their first-ever encounter back on Oct. 23.

A whopping 84 percent of Sports Interaction bettors are siding with the Canucks to continue their hot stretch, while a much smaller 56 percent majority favours the O5.5 at -115. These teams are polar opposites from a totals perspective, with the Kraken having gone an incredible 20-10-2 O/U for the season and the Canucks boasting an 11-20-2 mark. Seattle has cashed the Over in 10 of its previous 13 games vs. Western Conference foes.

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks still have plenty of work to do to enter the West playoff race, but they’re certainly on the right track – and improved defence and goaltending have made all the difference. Vancouver comes in having recorded 19 of a possible 22 points during their wild 11-game span, and have allowed more than two goals just twice over that stretch. The string of impressive defensive results has vaulted Vancouver into 13th overall in goals against (2.76).

Seattle Kraken

It won’t surprise many that the Kraken simply couldn’t keep up defensively with the Canucks in their previous meeting. That has been a persistent and concerning trend for a team that has allowed 117 goals through 32 games – second only to the Montreal Canadiens, who have played one more contest. Offensively, Seattle will look to exploit a Vancouver penalty-killing unit that ranks last in the NHL with a lowly 68.7-percent success rate.

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