Vancouver Canucks Host Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday Night

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Vancouver Canucks Off to a Slow Start

The Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks will face off for the first time in 2021 this evening. The Canucks attempt to reverse their fortunes at home tonight at 10 pm EST.

It’s been a rough first four games for the Canucks, who’ve managed just one victory and two points over that span. That slow start has Vancouver sitting last in the all-Canadian North Division. Montreal is coming off of two straight victories over Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers. The Habs have secured points in every game so far this season, going 2-0-1.

BetOnline Odds: Canadiens -125 / Total Over 6 -125*

The Canadiens were arguably the busiest team this offseason, picking up several key players including Josh Anderson, Joel Edmundson, Tyler Toffoli and Jake Allen. Those acquisitions have paid immediate dividends for GM Marc Bergevin, as Anderson has scored two goals, and Allen surrendered just one in his victory over the Oilers on Monday.

The Canucks, conversely, haven’t gotten much production from anyone on their roster in the early going. They’ve scored just nine goals over four games and have given up 16. Luckily for Vancouver, they’ll make their home debut.

Things have to Change for the Canucks

Losing three straight games — by a combined 13-4 count — has led the Vancouver Canucks to do some soul searching.

On the heels of a two-game sweep at the hands of the Calgary Flames, the second being a 5-2 defeat on Monday. The Canucks will look to fix a litany of problems.

They’re the league’s most undisciplined team, having been shorthanded 21 times in four games. They’ve surrendered seven power-play goals in those affairs. The Canucks have yet to score a single power-play goal of their own.

Canadiens About to Hit Tough Stretch in Schedule

The clash is the first of three games in four nights between the Canadiens and Canucks on the West Coast. The Canadiens have won four straight in Vancouver and arrive after taking both parts of a two-game set in Edmonton.

Key to those victories, the most recent being a 3-1 win on Monday, was holding Edmonton’s star forwards Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid to one point in the two games. McDavid had one assist in the first game.

Vancouver’s young standout Elias Pettersson, who tied for the team lead with 27 goals and managed 66 points in 68 games last season, has just one assist in four outings to start the campaign. His frustration showed last game, during which he took a pair of penalties, including a slashing infraction for which he was fined.

Pettersson may be in his third NHL season, but learning how to play through a slump is new for him, and something he’ll learn to do.

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Montreal Canadiens vs Vancouver Canucks Betting Trends
Vancouver Canucks Trends
  • Trend Over is 4-0 in Canucks last 4 games as a favorite of -110 to -150. Hit % 100.00% (4) O/U 4|0 Push 0 W/L
  • Over is 4-0 in Canucks last 4 games as a home favorite of -110 to -150. 100.00% (4) 4|0 0
  • Under is 25-9 in Canucks last 34 games as an underdog of +201 or greater. 73.50% (34) 9|25 0
  • Over is 5-1 in Canucks last 6 games as an underdog of +110 to +150. 83.30% (6) 5|1 0
Montreal Canadiens Trends
  • Trend Over is 4-1-2 in Canadiens last 7 games as a road underdog of +201 or greater. Hit % 80.00% (7) O/U 4|1 Push 2 W/L
  • Under is 9-4 in Canadiens last 13 games as a favorite of -110 to -150. 69.20% (13) 4|0 0
  • Under is 5-1-1 in Canadiens last 7 games as a favorite of -201 or greater. 83.30% (7) 1|5 1
  • Under is 5-2 in Canadiens last 7 games as a road underdog of +110 to +150. 71.40% (7) 2|5 0
Head to Head Meetings Trends
  • Trend Under is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings in Vancouver. Hit % 75.00% (9) O/U 2|6 Push 1 W/L
  • Canadiens are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Vancouver. 100.00% (4) 0 4|0
  • Canadiens are 16-5 in the last 21 meetings. 76.20% (21) 0 16|5
  • Favorite is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings. 77.80% (9) 0 7|2

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Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
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