The Florida Panthers look to beat the Vancouver Canucks for the second time in just over a week Wednesday night as the Panthers make their only visit of the season to Rogers Arena.
Panthers vs. Canucks Betting Analysis
Last Tuesday in south Florida, the Panthers were -145 favourites and beat the Canucks 3-1. Aleksander Barkov was the game’s No. 1 star as he scored the go-ahead goal at 16:08 of the second and the clincher at 19:18 of the third. Jamie McGinn had the other Panthers goal on the power play in the first period, and 28-year-old rookie netminder Harri Sateri made 26 saves. Markus Granlund scored for the Canucks, and Jacob Markstrom stopped 37 shots. Florida’s victory evened this all-time series at 11-11-6-4.
The Panthers lost in Vancouver last season, 2-1, as Luca Sbisa scored the winner in the third period past former Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo. That game was notable because Henrik Sedin scored a goal for the 1,000th point of his Hall of Fame career. He currently has 1,056 (70th all-time) with brother Daniel at 1,019 (83rd). The home team has won the past five in this series. The total has gone under in seven of the past 12.
The Panthers (24-23-6) are still in the wild-card hunt in the Eastern Conference, but it’s looking more likely than not that they will miss the Stanley Cup playoffs for a second straight year. Florida is playing better of late in winning five of six. It started a five-game trip through Canada with a 7-5 victory in Edmonton on Monday. Vincent Trocheck had his first career hat trick in the third period alone, when the Panthers outscored the Oilers 4-2. It was the third hat trick in franchise history accomplished in one period. James Reimer made his first start since Jan. 23 (due to groin injury) and wasn’t sharp in allowing five goals on 32 shots. Luongo entered the season as the team’s No. 1 but hasn’t played since early December due to a lower-body injury. He is very close to a return, however, and it could be here. Luongo’s .928 save percentage this season is his highest since 2010-11 in Vancouver, when he was third in the Vezina Trophy voting.
Vancouver (22-28-6) concluded a four-game road trip – which began with that loss to the Panthers – with arguably its best game of the season, a 6-0 victory in Dallas on Sunday. Markstrom had 30 saves in his second career shutout and Reid Boucher had his first two goals of the season in his sixth game of the year. The six goals tied a season high for Vancouver, which ranks only 27th in scoring. The Canucks also got back defenceman and Calder Trophy favourite Brock Boeser back from a one-game absence due to a hand injury, and he had an assist in 20:37 of ice time. Dallas had been 13-0-1 in its past 14 against the Canucks. The previous two times that Vancouver scored six goals this season, it lost the next time out and totaled just one goal.