The Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers square off on Saturday night in the fourth straight meeting between the teams. Edmonton won the first two games, but the Canucks responded with a 6-3 win in the most recent.
Vancouver snapped a six-game losing streak but this has not been a good season. The Canucks have 43 points and are in last place in the North Division.
Though Edmonton comes in with 66 points, this team is looking to build momentum for the playoff run and the previous game did not accomplish that. The Oilers are going to be the No. 2 seed in the North, and are capable of making a deep playoff run.
Of the blowout loss to the Canucks, Connor McDavid said, “The whole team wasn’t very good to start, top to bottom.”
The Edmonton Oilers are -240 in the sportsbook.
COVID Derailed Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks were in the playoff hunt for the first half of the season, but this team hasn’t been the same since dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19. Vancouver is still missing players and has 4-7 since returning to action.
Vancouver is scoring 2.6 goals per game while allowing 3.2 goals on the other end of the ice. The Canucks have been trying to come from behind too often, and that’s the mark of a struggling team.
Brock Boeser leads the way for Vancouver with 20 goals and 41 total points. Defenseman Quinn Hughes has been a great two-way player, leading with 32 assists.
Even though the Canucks looked explosive in the most recent win, this team wants to slow down the pace and limit the chances for Edmonton.
The Edmonton Oilers are one of the most explosive teams in the NHL, especially when the puck is on the tape of their two stars. McDavid and Leon Draisaitl give Edmonton a great 1-2 punch, but there is talent up and down the roster.
McDavid is closing in on 100 points in this shortened season, and he leads the team with 31 goals and 65 assists. Every opponent attempts to keep him away from the puck, but he is simply too skilled to be stopped.
Edmonton is converting on nearly 28% of its power-play attempts, and this will present another challenge for the Canucks. Despite giving up six goals on Thursday, Edmonton has allowed just 2.7 goals against on average.
Oilers Get Some Revenge
Vancouver was great on the offensive end of the ice on Thursday, but that hasn’t been the trend. The Oilers do allow other teams to get some chances, and they will have to tighten that up on Saturday.
There is no doubt that the Oilers are the much better overall team, and that should show up in this matchup. Edmonton will be out to get some revenge, and that is exactly what will happen.
As we mentioned above, the Edmonton Oilers PuckLine odds are -1½ (EVEN) in tonight’s game. We like the Oilers over the Canucks in this North Division showdown on Saturday night.