Vancouver Canucks will take on Seattle Kraken in the NHL 2021-22 preseason on Tuesday evening. The hosts have been inconsistent so far, and they go to this match with a 2-2 record. The away side has been pretty decent so far, as they celebrated three times and lost on two occasions in this preseason.
Vancouver Canucks suffered two defeats on the road, but they also beat their rivals twice on the home ice. They head to this match after a 3-2 win against Winnipeg Jets and want to continue in the same fashion. On the other hand, Seattle Kracken lost in their latest match, as Calgary Flames were better 4-1. The visitors want to bounce back with a victory and get back on the winning track.
Vancouver Canucks – Can they improve after a poor season?
The Canucks come from a very bad season, and they will search for an improvement in this one. They had a 23-29-4 record, and the hosts were hammered to the bottom of the North Division. Although the Canadiens were not much better and were only nine points ahead of the Canucks, the home side didn’t stand a chance of challenging for the playoff spot. A big impact on this outcome had the Covid-19 pandemic since Vancouver had a tightly-packed schedule in the last five weeks of the regular season. With players still recovering from the virus, the Canucks couldn’t hope for better.
They now have an average preseason, being at 2-2 currently. However, they celebrated against the Jets last time, and they want to enter the winning streak. Tanner Pearson and Bo Horvat had one goal, and an assist each and led the Canucks to victory, while Nic Petan scored once in Vancouver’s winning effort. On the other hand, Jaroslav Halak saved nine of the opponent’s ten shots for 40 minutes on ice, while Michael DiPietro played 20 minutes and had seven saves from eight shots.
Expected Line-Up: Jaroslav Halak, Madison Bowey, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Conor Garland, Phillip Di Giuseppe, Justin Dowling
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Seattle Kraken – What can they do in their premier campaign?
Seattle Kraken is the newest team in the league, and this will be their premiere season in the NHL. At the moment, it is pretty hard to predict how they would do in the competition. The Kraken might struggle but also challenge for the playoffs in the Pacific Division. Similarly, Vegas Golden Knights surprised in their opening campaign, and Seattle definitely hopes they can repeat the same.
After beating Calgary Flames after the penalty shootout and Edmonton Oilers after overtime, they lost the re-match against the Flames at home. Chris Driedger didn’t enjoy his performance as he conceded four times with a very bad .692 saves percentage. The Kraken averaged 2.25 goals per match until the latest game, but they scored just once against the Flames. Vince Dunn was the only scorer, and the visitors need to do much better in both offense and defense to get back on the winning track.
Expected Line-Up: Phillip Grubauer, Vince Dunn, Adam Larsson, Jaden Schwartz, Yanni Gourde, Jordan Eberle
Expert Pick #1 – Vancouver Canucks to win ML @+140
It is a good opportunity for the hosts to tie two victories, and I believe they should be capable of delivering it. The Canucks celebrated in both matches at home, and they might outplay the young away team in this clash. Therefore, I’ll take Vancouver Canucks to win as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 6 @+104
The odds on the totals market provide a good value, in my opinion, and the hosts were dancing around or went above this margin quite often in the preseason. The Kraken has defensive issues, and they might concede a lot of goals in this one. Since they have been good in offense, I will try with the Over as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Vancouver Canucks & Over 6 @+260
I’ll combine the above two bets and get longer odds for the third pick. Of course, the stake will be lower compared to the first two tips, but we can get more than 2.5 times the stake if Vancouver wins and the game goes over a 6 margin.