The Vancouver Canucks ook to get back in the win column by stopping the streaking Edmonton Oilers when the rivals meet on Tuesday night. Vancouver is sitting in fifth place in the North Division. Edmonton has been on a roll recently and sits in second place in the North behind a similarly streaking Toronto Maple Leafs squad.
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Edmonton Oilers (12-8-0) at Vancouver Canucks (8-12-2)
When: Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 10 p.m. ET
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
TV: ESPN+, SN
Oilers Heating Up
The Oilers (10-10 ATS) have won three straight and six of seven including a 7-1 blowout win over Calgary on Saturday.
Superstar center Connor McDavid recorded a natural hat trick and added two assists while scoring a “no-look” goal in the second period.
“Two-on-ones haven’t necessarily been my friend this year,” McDavid said. “I’m looking to pass and I’ve made a couple of mistakes on those. I just look to make it a little bit easier and just shoot it at the net. Obviously, five-hole is a good shot, I think. I think it was fortunate to go in.”
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two goals and Alex Chiasson and Josh Archibald added goals in the dominating victory that completed a home-and-home sweep of the Flames.
“To be able to win both (games), and in regulation, is big for us,” McDavid said. “But, it’s still early on in the year. There’s lots of hockey left. We’re playing well, but we need to keep winning games.”
Edmonton ranks an uninspiring 22nd in goals allowed (3.1 gpg), but a stellar third in scoring (3.6 gpg). McDavid leads the NHL in scoring with 37 points while ranking third in goals (12) and first in assists (25). Reigning Hart Trophy MVP Leon Draisaitl dished out two assists and ranks second in scoring (30 points), tied for fifth in goals scored (10), and third in assists (20).
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Canucks Look To Snap Out Of Funk
Vancouver has lost two straight, three of four, and eight of its last 10 games. The Canucks were on the wrong end of a 4-3 overtime loss against Winnipeg on Sunday night.
Center Elias Pettersson scored a pair of goals and Brandon Sutter added another, but it wasn’t enough as Winnipeg’s Pierre-Luc Dubois lit the lamp 27 seconds into overtime. Vancouver got a game-tying goal from Pettersson in the final minute of regulation to force overtime.
“We have to be more crisp with the puck. I was trying to make some plays, I was losing too many puck battles,” Pettersson said. “I mean, we have the game in our hands but we kind of let it go.”
Vancouver ranks a modest 17th in scoring (2.9 gpg) and an awful 29th in goals allowed (3.5 gpg).
Vancouver has won 19 of the last 27 meetings in this series, but now, Edmonton is far superior, particularly when it comes to scoring. The Oilers have gone 4-0 in their last four road games while Vancouver has gone 1-4 in its last five home games and 2-9 in its last 11 games overall.
I’ve ripped Edmonton repeatedly for its failure to make a real run in the postseason despite having two of hockey’s very best players in McDavid and Draisaitl. Right now though, the Oilers are playing well and simply have too much offensive firepower to lose this matchup.
The Over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings and I like Edmonton to get it done in a high-scoring shootout on Tuesday night.
Pick: Edmonton 5, Vancouver 3
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