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Canucks Live Underdog at Home in Game 5 vs Oilers

The Vancouver Canucks will be a home underdog again in the NHL odds as they host the Edmonton Oilers for pivotal Game 5 in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series.on Thursday.

The Canucks rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to tie the game on Tuesday but lost 3-2 after defenseman Evan Bouchard’s goal with 39 seconds left. The result evened the series at 2-2 and all four contests were decided by a goal

Canucks Live Underdog at Home in Game 5 vs Oilers
J.T. Miller #9 of the Vancouver Canucks | Derek Cain/Getty Images/AFP

Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl continues to help bettors cash prop bets after posting a goal and an assist in Game 4. The German forward leads all playoff scorers with 20 points and Bouchard boasts 15, topping all defensemen through Tuesday.

Vancouver has been a gritty team all season, going 50-42 ATS at the sportsbook. Conor Garland and Dakota Joshua each scored in the third period on Tuesday for the Canucks, who have been outshot 124-82 in the series.

The Oilers are +450 in the odds to win the Stanley Cup while Pacific Division champion Vancouver is +1800.


Oilers vs Canucks Game Information

  • Game: Oilers (2-2) vs Canucks (2-2)
  • Location: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Day/Time: Thursday, May 16, 10:00 p.m. ET
  • Oilers vs Canucks Live Stream: NHL.com


Oilers vs Canucks Odds and Spreads


  • Under bettors scored on Tuesday, but the over is 7-2 in Edmonton’s last nine contests.
  • Vancouver’s Brock Boeser boasts nine goals and 13 points in eight games versus the Oilers in 2023-24.
  • Edmonton has 15 power-play goals in 32 opportunities the past 10 contests.
  • The Canucks have covered the puck line in 26 of their last 45 home games.
  • Vancouver has scored 22 goals in four games against the Oilers at home this season.


Bouchard Wins Another for Oilers

Edmonton has two victories in the series. Bouchard has the winning goal in both.

The 24-year-old scored in overtime to win Game 2 and owns goals in three straight contests. Bouchard recorded at least a point in eight of nine playoff outings. This season and has 41 in 37 career postseason contests.

The right-handed defenseman has 18 shots on goal and a +5 in the series. He is +179 in the Las Vegas hockey odds to post 2+ points on Thursday.

“(Bouchard) is a great player,” Draisaitl told reporters. “He’s been amazing for us all season, especially in big moments.”


Tocchet Calls Out ‘Soft’ Plays

Vancouver coach Rick Tocchet wasn’t taking any moral victory out of his team’s comeback in the third period. He expects more.

“I’m disappointed,” Tocchet told reporters. “There are too many soft plays on that (third) goal. … You have to dig in there. I thought we had four or five guys make mistakes on that goal. You can’t do that.

“We’ve been a resilient group all year, but we need five or six guys to get going. This is the Stanley Cup playoffs. … We can’t play with 12 guys.”

How Vancouver reacts to the comments will be on display for Game 5. The Canucks definitely need more from Elias Pettersson, who has just one goal and four points in the playoffs after signing a $92.8 million contract extension.

The Canucks will get defenseman Carson Soucy back on Thursday after serving a one-game suspension for a high stick. Check on late NHL Picks before making your sport bets.



Pickard Answers Call for Oilers

Veteran Calvin Pickard replaced Stuart Skinner in net for Edmonton in a bold move by coach Kris Knoblauch for a critical Game 4.

Pickard responded with 19 saves and a victory after going 12-7-1 with a .909 save percentage in the regular season. It was the first career playoff start for the 32-year-old journeyman.

Arturs Silovs continues to play well for Vancouver after starting the playoffs as the team’s No. 3 goalie. Pickard may get another start with Skinner struggling (.877 SP in postseason).

“I was trying to channel my emotions as much as I could. Obviously, it’s tough, it’s a high-stakes game,” Pickard told reporters. “It’s a great opportunity. The guys played great in front of me and now it’s a best-of-three.”


Questions Of The Day

Who leads the Canucks in assists during the playoffs?

J.T. Miller and Quinn Hughes. The duo has registered nine assists.

Who has the most goals for Edmonton in the postseason?

Zach Hyman. The Oilers forward has nine goals, but none in the last three games.

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