Vancouver just suffered a 4-0 loss to Winnipeg on Monday, which also marked the team’s fourth shutout loss of the season before Wednesday’s game at Rogers Arena.
Now, with a two-game losing streak, the Canucks are just two points behind Montreal’s fourth place in the North Division standings. However, Vancouver have played five more games than the Canadiens and stand to lose more ground in the standings during an upcoming six-day break in their schedule.
The production of sporadic goals and key injuries contributed to the Canucks’ struggles. The team managed to win eight of 12 outings despite allowing at least 39 shots on goal five times during that streak. However, Elias Pettersson’s indefinite absence due to injury was felt. Vancouver has averaged just 2.75 goals per game in its last 12 contests and has seen UNDER pay on sports betting sites in 10 of its last 13 outings.
Ranked as road favorites at -135 for Wednesday, the Jets are looking to clinch back-to-back wins for the first time in three weeks. Winnipeg has managed to stay in the race for the top of the North Division despite winning just four of its last nine outings. However, the Jets have dominated on recent visits to Vancouver, posting seven straight wins and shutting out the Canucks in three of their last four road games.
Elsewhere on Wednesday’s NHL odds, the Ottawa Senators host the Calgary Flames with +160 home underdogs. The Senators escaped with a narrow 2-1 victory over the Flames in Game 1 of the series on Monday night. Ottawa has now claimed victory in six of its last nine home dates, a race that includes three wins in four dates with the Flames.
Losers in seven of their last 10 road events, the Flames are set like a generous -180 chalk for Wednesday’s game. Like the Canucks, Calgary has struggled to maintain consistent offensive production, scoring one goal or fewer six times in its last 10 road games, and have fallen to loss in six of its last eight as ‘it was inscribed as chalk on the road.
Additionally, the Montreal Canadiens opened with -125 home favorites ahead of their scheduled date with the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night. However, after seeing Monday’s series opener postponed and Tuesday’s Habs training canceled due to concerns about COVID-19, the league has now canceled Montreal games for the remainder of the week. .