- Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks Predictions
Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks Predictions
Pickswise's Expert Predictions & Analysis
Puck Line Prediction
If you thought things were bad in Vancouver coming into this series, they got a whole lot worse after Tuesday’s loss to Edmonton. The Oilers got off to a poor start and fell behind 3-0 after some weak goals got passed goaltender Mike Smith. The Canucks came into the game with just two wins in their last 11 games so you would expect the urgency level to be high enough to close out the win. Instead, the Oilers slowly worked their way back into the game and eventually took the lead in the third period to win 4-3 in regulation. These teams are heading in two very different directions as Edmonton has now won 10 of its last 12 while Vancouver has lost 10 of its last 12.
Vancouver ranks amongst the worst teams in the league in goals against and shots on goal allowed. They are also the most penalized team in the league which is a huge concern when facing one of the league’s top power-plays. McDavid and Draisaitl, who lead the league in points with 38 and 33 respectably, will be chomping at the bit to pad their stats on Thursday. One of the keys to the Oilers’ success of late has been the offensive contributions from their blueline. Tyson Barrie and Darnell Nurse have added a combined 33 points to the offense. If Vancouver is going to come out of this slump, it’s not likely the high-scoring Oilers are going to be the team they do it against. Take Edmonton to win this one by more than a goal.
Game Totals Prediction
All three of the games between the Oilers and Canucks have gone over the total this year. Both teams continue to struggle to keep the puck out of the net, but they sure have no problem lighting the lamp at the other end. Everyone knows about McDavid and Draisaitl but the Canucks’ Brock Boeser and Quinn Hughes are also off to blazing starts. Boeser is tied for second in the league with 12 goals to go along with his 10 assists while Hughes leads all defensemen in points with 21 points in 23 games. The Canucks are also getting some strong offensive contributions from J.T. Miller, Bo Horvat and Elias Pettersson. It is evident these two teams are very comfortable playing a high scoring game. Goaltending continues to be a concern for each club which helps our case for another high-scoring affair. Take the over!