While both the Devils and Canucks will finish near the bottom of the Eastern and Western Conference, respectively, the future is relatively bright for both sides because of two guys taken in the 2017 draft. Vancouver has the Calder Trophy favourite in Elias Pettersson, the No. 5 overall pick in the ’17 draft. New Jersey picked No. 1 overall that year and took Nico Hischier, who had very nice rookie season with 20 goals and 32 assists and has 17 goals and 27 assists this year. However, he’s not on the Devils’ road trip with an upper-body injury.
Devils vs Canucks Betting Analysis
Vancouver has been swept by the Devils each of the past three seasons and looks to avoid that fate again. The Canucks lost at New Jersey 4-0 on New Year’s Eve. Devils rookie Mackenzie Blackwood had 25 saves in the shutout. New Jersey scored two goals in the first and two in the third and was 2-for-3 on the power play. Brian Boyle, Miles Wood, Sami Vatanen and Pavel Zacha had the goals. Anders Nilsson stopped 19 shots for Vancouver. The Canucks had just three total shots on four power-play chances.
The Canucks are 0-5-1 in their past six games against New Jersey and 3-6-2 in their past 11.
New Jersey Devils
The Devils carried a season-high seven-game losing streak into the second of a back-to-back Wednesday in Edmonton – a game the Oilers surely couldn’t lose and absolutely couldn’t afford to as they chase an unlikely playoff spot. Yet New Jersey, a night after getting pounded 9-4 in Calgary, pulled the 6-3 upset. “We took them lightly, took the game for granted.” Edmonton star Connor McDavid said after.
Travis Zajac tied the game at 2-2 late in the first period, the first of four unanswered goals by the Devils. They were 2-for-4 on the power play and also scored shorthanded. Cory Schneider made 36 saves; he and Blackwood, who was torched in Calgary, are essentially rotating in goal.
Vancouver hasn’t won back-to-back games since Jan. 18-20 but has a chance to here after knocking off the visiting New York Rangers on Wednesday, 4-1. Tyler Motte was the No. 1 star with two goals – they came 11 seconds apart in the second period for a 3-0 lead. It was his first career two-goal game, although his teammates tried hard to get Motte the hat trick. Brock Boeser and Jake Virtanen also scored for the Canucks. Boeser now has a four-game points streak.
Struggling Loui Eriksson was a healthy scratch for the first time this season, while fellow winger Antoine Roussel sustained a knee injury that will end his season. Pettersson left the ice with a bloodied face after taking an elbow in the second period, but he would return to the bench. Chris Tanev returned from an ankle injury and played for the first time since mid-February.