Vancouver Canucks vs. Detroit Red Wings Pick – NHL October 16, 2021

The Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings are at Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit on Saturday night. The Red Wings have to quickly forget about their epic collapse against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the season opener.

After going ahead 6-3 7:10 into the 3rd period, the Lightning scored 3 unanswered goals on Alex Nedeljkovic to tie the game up at 6-6. Ondrej Palat didn’t miss in overtime, as he put the game-winner behind Nedeljkovic to complete an epic comeback.

It was the second goal for Palat in the game, as he’s picking up where he left off last year. That’s such a huge buzzkill to a Red Wings team that got off to an excellent start over the back-to-back champs.

The Wings went into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead and everything was looking good for Nedeljokovic. So much for that. He finished with a 0.854 save percentage on 48 shots. Kudos to the Red Wings’ offense in that one, but Steve Yzerman clearly has a lot of holes to fill on the blueline.

Tyler Bertuzzi was on fire for the Wings with 4 goals and a +/- of 3. With Jakub Vrana out for months at least, the Red Wings need even more out of Bertuzzi and Dylan Larkin. Good start for both, as they combined for 5 goals on Thursday night. They welcome a Canucks team on a back-to-back after a 5-4 win in Philadelphia.

The Canucks coughed up a late lead as well, though they pulled it out in a shootout. Down by 4-2 with under 10 minutes remaining, the Flyers scored 2 goals on Thatcher Demko to force an overtime session. It was a good attempt from the Flyers in the 3rd to at least get a point out of that one.

This will already be the third game for the Canucks this season. There are a few clubs that are dropping the puck on their season on Saturday. They are going into Saturday with 3 points after a shootout loss and win. The Oilers were on the winning side on opening night Tuesday. Head below for our free Canucks. Red Wings pick on October 16, 2021.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Detroit Red Wings Live Odds and Betting History:

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Vancouver Canucks -1.5 (+200) -117 Over 5.5 (-109)
Detroit Red Wings +1.5 (-240) +106 Under 5.5 (-101)
Team Data Vancouver Canucks Detroit Red Wings
Overall Record 1-0-1 0-0-1
Puckline Record 2-0 1-0
Away/Home Record 1-0-1 0-0-1
Puckline Away/Home 2-0 1-0
Goals Per Game 3.0 6.0
Goals Against Per Game 3.0 7.0
Shots Per game 38.5 26.0
Shots Against Per Game 34.5 48.0

Canucks vs. Red Wings Prediction:

The Red Wings are probably fortunate that they were able to get a point out of their season opener. The Lightning kept coming at the Red Wings’ defense and buried Alex Nedeljkovic with 48 shots.

He quickly found out that he isn’t playing in the Hurricanes organization pretty quickly. This is a Red Wings team looking to take a step in the next direction, but it’s not going to work if their defense shows up like that on a regular basis.

I know it’s the Lightning, one of the most dangerous offenses in the NHL, but some form of resistance would have resulted in a win. Former Islander, Thomas Greiss, is expected to start versus the Canucks tonight.

Greiss signed with the Wings after having success on Long Island for six seasons. He discovered that working with the Islanders and Red Wings’ defense is much different.

All things considered, Greiss was fine with a 2.70 GAA and 0.912 save percentage, though he took the money and put that way ahead of winning.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Detroit Red Wings Betting Trends:


  • 4-10 overall in their previous 14 games on the road
  • 1-4 overall in their previous five games versus the Eastern Conference
  • 3-7 overall in their previous ten games versus the Atlantic Division
  • 0-6 overall in their previous six games after a win
  • OVER is 11-3 in their previous 14 games versus the Eastern Conference
  • OVER is 3-0-1 in their previous four games versus a team with a losing record

Red Wings

  • 33-91 overall in their previous 124 games
  • 1-5 overall in their previous six games versus the Pacific Division
  • 0-5 overall in their previous five games after scoring 5 or more goals
  • 16-38 overall in their previous 54 games on one day rest
  • OVER is 3-1-1 in their previous five games versus the Pacific Division

The Canucks have been attacking in their first two games. Despite a 3-2 loss in the season opener, the Canucks came at Mike Smith with 38 shots. They just didn’t fall how the Canucks wanted, but they were generating scoring chances. Their persistence paid off against the Flyers with 4 goals in regulation on 39 shots.

Detroit showed their defensive woes early this season. It looked like they were going to get away hiding it against the Lightning, but the dam broke and they were unable to patch things up. They should expect to see more offensive pressure from a Canucks team that has been forcing the issue through two games.

Jaroslav Halak is expected to get the call between the pipes for the Canucks. He was adequate last year, but his 0.905 save percentage could be improved. If there was a positive from the Red Wings’ loss, it was how aggressive they were offensively. However, giving up 48 shots isn’t going to get most games into overtime. At 5.5 goals the OVER has to be worth a look.


Canucks vs. Red Wings Pick
OVER 5.5