Detroit Red Wings vs Vancouver Canucks NHL Pick – March 17

The NHL is set up with another great slate of action throughout March 17. Ten games are up on the board throughout Thursday night. One of these games will be between the Detroit Red Wings and the Vancouver Canucks. These two teams have been solid throughout 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.

Detroit has earned a record of 24-29-7 throughout this season, which has them sitting in fifth place of the Atlantic division. The Red Wings have lost six games in a row and eight of their last nine. Detroit has fallen far out the playoff race, but will look to play spoiler down the stretch. I expect the Red Wings to come out fast on the road.

The Canucks have put up a record of 30-24-7 so far this season, which has them sitting in fifth place of the Pacific division. Vancouver is coming off a win in their last game and have won four of their last six. The Canucks are one point out of wild card spot with a game in hand. Vancouver will look to jump into a playoff spot with a win at home.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Red Wings have fallen off a bit after staying in the race for most of the season. Vancouver has picked up their play in a big way and will look to make a push into the playoffs. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Detroit Red Wings +1 ½ (-145) +167 Over 6 (-113)
Vancouver Canucks -1 ½ (+125) -186 Under 6 (+102)


Team Data Detroit Red Wings Vancouver Canucks
Overall Record 24-29-7 30-24-7
Away/ Home Record 8-17-3 14-11-4
Goals Per Game 2.87 2.89
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 2.43 2.86
Save Percentage .887 .910
Save Percentage Away/ Home .882 .918

Betting Trends

Detroit Red Wings

  • 1-6 in March
  • 11-16 after a non-Conference game
  • 8-20 in non-Conference games
  • 11-12 after allowing four goals or more
  • 12-14 after a loss by two goals or more
  • 12-10 after scoring four goals or more
  • 4-5 after three or more straight losses
  • 12-10 against team with a losing record

Vancouver Canucks

  • 4-2 in March
  • 15-13 after a non-Conference game
  • 14-15 in non-Conference games
  • 7-10 after a win by two goals or more
  • 11-11 after scoring four goals or more
  • 10-4 after three straight home games
  • 15-10 against team with a losing record

These two teams have met up once this season on October 16 in Detroit. Conor Garland scored for the Canucks, while Jaroslav Halak stopped 18 of 20 shots. It was not enough for the win though. Robby Fabbri, Filip Zadina and Sam Gagner all scored for the Red Wings. Thomas Greiss finished with 40 saves on 41 shots as the Red Wings earned a 3-1 win at home.

Special Teams

The Red Wings have struggled on special teams throughout this season. Detroit has scored on 30 of their 169 power play opportunities, which is a 17.8 percent power play. The Red Wings have given up 44 power play goals on 161 penalties against, which is a 72.7 percent kill rate. Detroit is 27th on the power play and 31st on the kill.

Vancouver has been solid on the power play throughout this season. The Canucks have capitalized on 41 of their 192 power play chances, which is a 21.4 percent success rate. Vancouver has killed off 123 of their opponents 173 power play attempts, which is a 71.1 percent penalty kill. The Canucks are 14th on the man advantage and 32nd on the penalty kill.

The Canucks have the edge on the power play in this one, which could give them a big edge. These two teams have the bottom two penalty kills in the league this season and will need to step up on the kill in this one. If either team can get their power play going early in this one, it could give them the edge on the scoreboard.

Goaltending Comparison

Alex Nedeljkovic will likely get the start in the crease for Detroit in this one. Nedeljkovic has started in 38 games this season, going 15-18-6 in those matchups. He has posted a .900 save percentage and a GAA of 3.23 in his starts. Nedeljkovic’s last start was against the Minnesota Wild. He stopped 35 of 40 shots in the losing effort.

I expect Thatcher Demko to get the nod between the pipes for the Canucks on Thursday night. Demko has earned a record of 27-17-3 throughout his 47 starts on the season. He has put up a save percentage of .916 and a 2.66 GAA in his starts. Demko finished with 32 saves on 35 shots in his last start against the New Jersey Devils, which was enough for the win.

These two goalies have been solid throughout this season. Nedeljkovic has been struggling as of late and will need to step up in this one. He has lost four decisions in a row and will look to get back on track. Demko is coming off a win in his last start entering this one. If either goalie can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams will look for a big two points in this one. Detroit dropped their first two road games in Western Canada and will look to end the trip with a big win. The Red Wings have been playing well on offense, but need their defense to step up in this one. If Detroit can grab an early lead in this one, I think they can finally end this long losing streak.

BetOnline has Vancouver listed as a -186 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Canucks will win this game around 65 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with both teams struggling at times this season. Detroit has not been able to find a way to win as of late, but I think they can turn it around in this one. As big underdogs, I like the value on the Red Wings.

The Bet
Detroit Red Wings
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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