The Canucks might be staring at another year without a playoff spot, but they’re not going away quietly. They carry a four-game point streak into Tuesday’s home encounter with the Senators, their longest such stretch in two months.
Oddsmakers – not to mention Sports Interaction bettors – like the chances of that continuing despite the Senators having won their previous two games.
Senators vs Canucks Betting Analysis
Vancouver is a heavy favourite in this one after dispatching the Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks in back-to-back impressive road efforts. The Canucks are now 3-0-1 SU over their past four games, and come in having won four consecutive games against Atlantic Division opponents. But being a fave hasn’t exactly agreed with Vancouver, which is a dismal 4-9 SU in its past 13 games as a favourite between -151 and -200.
Nearly three-quarters of SI wagerers are undeterred by the Canucks recent struggles as a favourite, while just under two-thirds like this one to go over the total of 6. The Senators are 6-0-1 to the under in their previous seven games against the Pacific Division, but have strung together five consecutive overs on three or more days of rest. Vancouver is 0-5 O/U in its past five as a favourite, and the teams have gone below the number in four of their past five tilts.
Has Anders Nilsson earned himself more playing time down the stretch? It would certainly appear so, after the journeyman netminder turned aside 70 of 72 shots to upend the St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs – just his second and third wins of the season. On offence, the Senators have spread the scoring around like few other teams this month; eight players have scored multiple goals in March, with no player having converted more than three times.
On the other side of the country, the Canucks have to be pleased with what they’re seeing from rookie netminder Thatcher Demko. The 2014 second-round pick has been sensational in limited action this month, posting a 2.19 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage – and that includes a 29-save performance in a 3-2 overtime victory over a host Chicago Blackhawks team that is averaging a hefty 3.38 goals per game this month.