After a break for the All-Star Game, the NHL betting slate returns with a six game schedule on Monday. Including the first game for the Vancouver Canucks without now former captain Bo Horvat when they travel to take on the New Jersey Devils. Here, we give our NHL betting picks for Canucks vs Devils.
A new head coach in Rick Tocchet and a new lineup without their longest serving player hasn’t changed the outlook around the Canucks. Vancouver is priced as long +215 moneyline underdogs in this matchup as the oddsmakers don’t expect them to put up much of a fight in New Jersey. The game total is set at 6.5.
Canucks vs Devils Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||Canucks +1.5 (-125)|
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This game will be played at Prudential Center at 7:30 PM ET on Monday, February 6, 2023.
Why Bet the Canucks:
✅ Since hiring new head coach Rick Tocchet a week before the All-Star break, things have slightly improved for the Canucks. The team is 2-1 with two three goal wins with Tocchet behind the bench.
✅ The Canucks hold the third highest expected goals percentage in the league over the last two weeks (59.51%) while the Devils rank 29th over that timeframe at 42.05%.
✅ New Jersey struggles at home despite having the best road record in the NHL. The Devils are 13-0-2 at the Prudential Center and haven’t covered a -1.5 puck line in their last 11 home games.
New Jersey Devils
|3.33||Avg Opp Score||3.33|
|4.33||Avg Opp Score||2|
|3.6||Avg Opp Score||3|
|4.6||Avg Opp Score||3.2|
|4||Avg Opp Score||2.8|
|4.2||Avg Opp Score||3.3|
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The rebuild is on in Vancouver after the team dealt captain Bo Horvat over the All-Star break to the New York Islanders. Horvat leaves the Canucks without their best offensive player this season along with his faceoff ability as the team has a serious gap to fill at the center position.
Horvat led Vancouver with 31 goals and was second on the team with 54 points. He also scored in the Canucks previous meeting against the Devils this season in the 5-2 loss back in Vancouver in November.
Anthony Beauvillier will look to fill Horvat’s shoes as the NHL ready asset that came in the Horvat deal. Beauvillier has nine goals and 11 assists this season but expect his number to increase with more ice time in Vancouver.
The Canucks will look to shake off their road woes in their first game back after the All-Star break. The team is 1-7 in their past eight road games so it will be interesting to see if a new head coach changes their fortunes outside of beautiful British Columbia.
New Jersey Devils
While the Canucks are clear sellers and members of the Connor Bedard tank race at the bottom of the standings, the New Jersey Devils approach the trade deadline as one of the pleasant surprises of the season. Thanks to a hot start to the season, they sit second in the Metropolitan Division and seem to be a guarantee to make the playoffs for the first time since 2018.
Jack Hughes has been a major reason for the Devils success this season. The young rising star leads the team with 33 goals and is averaging over a point per game with 64 on the season. Hughes faces his brother in Quinn Hughes and should be fired up to have a big game to earn brotherly bragging rights. Jack Hughes is +110 to score a goal and +125 to register Over 1.5 points on the player prop market against the Canucks.
Beating up on bad teams is a large part of the Devils success. The Devils beat the teams they should beat more often than not, holding a record of 17-4 against teams with a below .500 record in their last 21 games.
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