NHL Picks: Canucks at Sharks

The Vancouver Canucks are in revenge-mode Monday as they look for a win against the red-hot San Jose Sharks.


Vancouver was blindsided by the Edmonton Oilers Saturday when the upstart Oilers scored two goals on their first two shots, eventually chasing Cory Schneider in what would turn into a 4-0 final. Tonight the Canucks attempt to bounce back against a Sharks team who are 11-1-4 at home and riding a four-game win streak.


The Canucks have usually played well in California and they have a nice following of fans that often make the trek but this is just a solo game and then it’s back home for three. Coach Alan Vigneault’s mission for his team is to get in, get the points and get out before anyone else gets hurt.


Mason Raymond (shoulder) is the latest Canuck to hit the injury report and after missing the morning skate, Raymond will watch tonight’s game from the press box.


Sports betting sites offer the Sharks as small home favorite but when playing on the road against the Sharks, Ducks or Kings off a road loss Vancouver has been a solid play, going 6-2-1 the past nine times and scoring 3.2 goals per game.


Vancouver is also “live” for a post-streak system that has produced 2 overs, 15 unders and a push the past 18 times with games averaging just 4.2 total goals.


The Canucks have confirmed Schneider will start against the Sharks and the new No. 1 has a 3-2-1 career record against San Jose, with a 6-3-2 road record in 2013. Antti Niemi makes his eighth-straight start for San Jose and he sports a 10-1-3 record at home with a microscopic 1.63 goals against average.


Niemi is 5-6-2 in his career against Vancouver but this Canucks lineup lacks the kind of punch that has put up such strong numbers over the past few seasons. Taking all things into account, the top play for us in tonight’s game is on the total.

Pick: Take the Canucks and Sharks Under 5 goals (+106)


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