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NHL Game Preview - Lightning underdogs vs Canucks at Vancouver

Tampa Bay Lightning

Vancouver Canucks
23-12-4 January 01, 2014, 10:00 PM | Rogers Arena 23-11-7

Vancouver will try to be nasty hosts on Wednesday when the Tampa Bay Lightning pay a visit to Rogers Arena.

The Canucks are 23-11-7 so far on the season. The Lightning, meanwhile, are 23-12-4. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Vancouver go 11-23-7 and the Lightning go 15-21-3 on the totals.

View Tampa Bay Lightning vs Vancouver Canucks Odds and Stats.

Hockey odds makers at 5Dimes opened the Canucks as -157 moneyline Favorite in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 5 at BetOnline.

This game matches up the No. 5 (Canucks) and the No. 20 (Lightning) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Tampa Bay lost its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Rangers on December 29. Bettors who backed the Rangers at +105 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Vancouver was a 4-3 loser in its last match at home against the Flyers. They lost as -140 favorites, while the total score of 7 made winners of OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Vancouver's No. 16-ranked offense, averaging 2.71 goals per game, against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 7 at 2.38 goals allowed. The Canucks power play is averaging 14.73% while the Lightning defense kills off 81.95% of their penalties.

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Calgary, Friday, January 3rd
Vancouver at Los Angeles, Saturday, January 4th