Devils vs Canucks At Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Tuesday, the New Jersey Devils (6-3-0) take on the Vancouver Canucks (2-5-2). The puck will drop at 10 p.m. ET (ESPN+). Below, we examine the betting lines offered by Tipico Sportsbook for the Devils vs Canucks matchup and offer our professional NHL selections and forecasts.
For the Devils recently, scoring 7, 1, and 6 goals over the last 3 games, it’s been feast or famine. In any case, New Jersey has won all three games, with Friday’s 1-0 shutout victory over the reigning champion Colorado Avalanche being the most remarkable.
The Canucks struggled early on, going 0-5-2, but have since regained their footing with victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins at home on Friday and at the Seattle Kraken on Thursday (5-4) (5-1).
Mac Blackwood (3-2-0, 2.81 GAA,.871 SV%) vs. Thatcher Demko (1-5-1, 4.05 GAA,.874 SV%) are the expected goalies for the Devils at the Canucks.
Last time out against the Washington Capitals on October 24, Blackwood was tagged for 5 goals on only 18 shots and was removed after just 2 periods. A three-game winning streak was snapped with the loss.
Demko won his debut game last Thursday in Seattle by blocking 32 of the shots. He also earned a season-high 5 goals in offensive support, which was beneficial. In all seven of his games, he has let up three goals or more.
Devils vs Canucks predictions and choices
Devils 4, Canucks 3, prediction
Given that Demko has been a total failure for the Canucks, the DEVILS (-125) are a solid pick when travelling. Imagine what the New Jersey attack is capable of against the sieve Demko after scoring a TD against the Columbus Blue Jackets in their most recent matchup.
Against the spread or puck line
You will lose 2 1/2 times your potential return betting on this home game with the Canucks +1.5 (-250). Vancouver has demonstrated in its last two games that it has the offence to compete with top-tier offensive squads, but sadly, the defence and goaltending have both been atrocious.