Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/4/12

Another matinee? The Vancouver Canucks head out on the road after a less-than-scintillating six game home stand Saturday with a trip to Colorado – a team that they have absolutely owned the last couple of years.

Vancouver Canucks (31-15-5) at Colorado Avalanche (26-25-2)
When: 3:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 4, 2012
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Broadcast: SNET-P (HD), ALT (HD)
Canucks vs. Avalanche Betting Lines from Bodog
Spread: Canucks -1 ½ (+180)
Moneyline: Canucks -160: Avalanche +130
Over/Under: 5 ½ goals
*NHL ATS Matchup Report*

The Vancouver Canucks have gone 6-2-2 in their last 10 games while the Avs have gone 3-6-1 in their last 10 including losses in four straight games.

The Colorado Avalanche come into Saturday’s game on the heels of a 6-7-1 stretch that began with a 6-0 drubbing at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks.

Nothing much is going right – they are without their top offensive weapon, Matt Duchene which doesn’t help matters!

The Avalanche have been terrible against the Canucks as of later – a 1-7 record and having lost the last two games by a combined score of 9-0. Colorado’s goaltending against Vancouver is another story.

Seymon Varlamov is 0-2-0 with a 4.39 GAA versus the Canucks this season and has lost three straight games going into Saturday’s match. Jean Sebastien Giguere is 0-3-0 with a 4.29 GAA in five games against the Canucks.

Vancouver was somewhat lucky to have gained three of a possible four points in their last two games against Western Conference elite Chicago and Detroit.

They didn’t play all that great but still managed a win and a shootout loss. The Colorado Avalanche could be exactly what the Canucks need.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Colorado Avalanche Gambling Lines & Preview

Vancouver’s second and third lines have been very good lately – David Booth has five points in five games and Ryan Kesler has four points in four.

The Sedins have lit up Avalanche lately- the offense will be fine.

There is a chance that Cory Schneider plays in place of Roberto Luongo but it shouldn’t really matter at all – neither has given up a goal to the Avalanche this season against the Avs.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Cory Schneider in goal in an awkward matinee – he is 4-0 in his last four starts and is 11-5-0 with a 2.28 GAA this season.

Betting Prediction:

Vancouver is 9-1 in their last 10 Saturday game and 6-2 in their last 8 road games. The Canucks are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.

I would be absolutely shocked if Vancouver loses this game!

Pick: Vancouver Canucks -160

Here are some interesting Player Props for Saturday’s game:

Dan Hamhuis Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Henrik Sedin Points
Line = 1.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

Daniel Sedin Shots on Goal
Line = 3.5 Over (1.40) | Under (1.85)

Ryan Kesler Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Alex Burrows Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Colorado Shots on Goal
Line = 31.5 Over (1.55) | Under (1.70)

Colorado Power Play Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Jannik Hansen Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

David Booth Shots on Goal
Line = 2.5 Over (1.50) | Under (1.75)

(Click To Bet Now At Bodog (Bovada.lv If Your In USA))

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