Winnipeg Jets vs Vancouver Canucks NHL Pick – December 10

The NHL is set up with another great slate of games throughout Friday night. Seven games are up on the board throughout December 10. One of these matchups will be between the Winnipeg Jets and the Vancouver Canucks. These two teams have been up and down this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.

Winnipeg has earned a record of 13-9-4 to open up the season, which has them sitting in fifth place of the Central division. The Jets are coming off a win on Thursday night and have won three of their last four games. Winnipeg will look to move into third in the division with a big win in this one. I expect the Jets to come out fast on the road.

The Canucks have put up a record of 10-15-2 to start out the season, which has them in seventh place of the Pacific division. Vancouver has won two games in a row and four of their last five after a really rough start. The Canucks will look to come out quickly in this one. Vancouver will look to continue to move up in the standings with a win.

These two teams will look for a big two points in this matchup despite their rough starts. The Jets are coming off a game on Thursday night and will look to avoid a slow start. Vancouver will look to remain with a hot in this one. If either team can grab an early lead in this one, it could be enough for the win on Friday night.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Winnipeg Jets +1 ½ (-205) +120 Over 5 ½ (-124)
Vancouver Canucks -1 ½ (+175) -132 Under 5 ½ (+113)

 

Team Data Winnipeg Jets Vancouver Canucks
Overall Record 13-9-4 10-15-2
Away/ Home Record 4-5-3 5-7-1
Goals Per Game 3.00 2.37
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 2.33 2.15
Save Percentage .916 .901
Save Percentage Away/ Home .910 .926

Betting Trends

Winnipeg Jets

  • 3-1 in December
  • 2-2 on Friday night
  • 1-2 when playing on back to back nights
  • 4-4 after a win by two or more goals
  • 7-3 when playing team with losing record

Vancouver Canucks

  • 3-1 in December
  • 2-2 on Friday night
  • 4-7 after non-Conference game
  • 2-4 after playing three in a row or more at home

These two teams met up once in Vancouver on November 19. Nikolaj Ehlers and Pierre-Luc Dubois both scored for Winnipeg, but it was not enough for the win. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Kyle Burroughs and Conor Garland all scored for the Canucks. Thatcher Demko stopped 37 of 39 shots in route to the win for Vancouver.

Special Teams

The Jets have been solid on the power play and struggled on the penalty kill this season. Winnipeg has scored on 16 of their 81 power play opportunities, which is 19.8 percent success rate. The Jets have given up 24 power play goals on 76 penalties against, which is a 68.4 percent penalty kill. Winnipeg is 15th on the man advantage and 31st on the penalty kill.

Vancouver has struggled on both sides of special teams this season. The Canucks have capitalized on 18 of their 94 power play chances, which is a 19.2 percent power play. Vancouver has killed off 58 of their opponents 88 power play attempts, which is a 65.9 percent kill rate. The Canucks are 18th on the power play and 32nd on the kill.

Winnipeg has the edge on special teams with their power play entering this one. The Canucks have a chance to get their power play going against Winnipeg’s struggling penalty kill. The Jets will look for their power play to gain the edge early though. If either team can grab a power play goal or two, it could be enough for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

I expect Eric Comrie to get the start in the crease for Winnipeg in this one. Comrie has started in five games this season, going 3-2-0 in those matchups. He has posted a .913 save percentage and a GAA of 2.49 in those games. Comrie’s last outing was against the Minnesota Wild. He stopped 21 of 24 shots after getting put in for a pulled Hellebuyck.

Thatcher Demko will likely get the nod in the net for the Canucks on Friday night. Demko has earned a record of 10-11-1 throughout his 22 starts. He has put up a save percentage of .915 and a 2.73 GAA in those outings. Demko finished with 35 saves on 36 shots in his last start against the Boston Bruins in route to the win.

These two goalies have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Comrie has played in a lot less games, but will look to bounce back in this one. Demko will look to roll into this game with the same momentum after his win. If either goalie can control the pace in this one, it could lead their team to the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have struggled a bit early in the season, but will look to bounce back in this one. The Canucks beat Winnipeg in their last meeting, but I think the Jets will bounce back with a win in this one. Vancouver has been hot as of late, but I think Winnipeg can break through. If the Jets can come out fast, I like their chances to grab the victory.

BetOnline has the Canucks listed as a -132 against the money line in this one. This implies that Vancouver will win this game around 56.9 percent of the time. I think that this line should be much closer to even for this matchup. The Jets have been the better team overall this season. As underdogs in this one, I really like the value on Winnipeg.

The Bet
Winnipeg Jets
+120
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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