Will Black Friday Bring Major Gains For NHL Canadian Teams?
Vancouver Looks To Keep It Rolling On The Road
Despite my thoughts in recent pieces of the Vancouver Canucks being an ideal team to fade right now, this young team continues to prove me wrong. This tough trip through the Eastern US against some powerhouse teams from the Metropolitan Division has gotten off to a great start for Vancouver with wins over Philadelphia and Pittsburgh already. Vancouver's 5-2 win over the Penguins on Friday was the 2nd time they've beaten the defending champs in their last 10 games overall.
Friday brings the Canucks to New Jersey to face a Devils team that's stumbling a bit right now. New Jersey has lost three of four and seven of their past 10, but four of those seven losses have come in OT or the shootout, so it's not like New Jersey is playing that poorly at the moment.
With the Canucks currently priced as about a +115 underdog, it looks like oddsmakers are finally giving Vancouver's recent play some respect, but usually it's around that time when it's best to fade. But I've been wrong before about that notion recently.
Can Ottawa Find Their Scoring Touch Again?
Since coming back from Sweden after a pair of 4-3 victories over Colorado, the Ottawa Senators are 0-4 SU and have been held to two goals or less in each of those four games. They are the biggest underdog on the board Friday in terms of Canadian teams (+140), as they face a Columbus Blue Jackets team that has won five games in a row and shutting down the opposition's attack with ease during this run.
Columbus has allowed two goals or less in each of those five wins and with that pairing up with Ottawa's inability to find the back of the net right now, this looks like a real tough spot for the Senators. Until I see a game or two of Ottawa's attack getting back on track, they are not a team I'm looking to really back heavily. But given Ottawa's recent scoring woes and Columbus locking the opposition up, perhaps the 'Under' 5.5 goals for the game is the better play. That is of course if recent form holds after the turkey break.
Calgary Is In Dallas For A Potential Scoring Fest
One Canadian team that hasn't had problems scoring goals of late are the Calgary Flames. Led by Hart candidate Johnny Gaudreau, the Flames have been lighting up scoreboards for the the past few weeks. However, things went cold in a big way on Wednesday night as they were shutout by the aforementioned Columbus Blue Jackets, and with Friday's game against a high-scoring Dallas team, Calgary will need their offense to bounce back in a hurry.
The good news in that regard is the fact that Calgary has been shutout two other times this year and they were able to bounce back big time. The Flames are 2-0 SU after a shutout loss, and the offense was able to score 6 and 5 goals respectively in those two wins.
With Dallas being 2-4 SU in their last six games overall and allowing an average of 3.6 goals per game during that time, the Flames as +115 underdogs might be the best Canadian to back for both a ML play and potentially an 'over' play as well.
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