Edmonton Oilers (30-17-2) vs. Vancouver Canucks (19-23-3)
It is the second night of a back-to-back contest between the Edmonton Oilers in Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. These teams played on Monday evening, but this preview was written prior to the conclusion of that contest. Vancouver is coming off a 5-1 loss to Toronto on Saturday. The loss was the fourth in a row for the Canucks. Edmonton beat archrival Calgary on Saturday, 4-1. That was their third victory out of the last four games.
Edmonton is the favorite at -192 with the line is set at + +167 for Vancouver. Vancouver was the victors the last time these teams met, defeating Edmonton 2-1. The Oilers are 6-4-0 and the last 10 meetings between these teams while the Canucks are 4-6-0 in the last 10 meetings.
(Edmonton won the first game on Monday 5-3).
Stars Lead Oilers to VictoryEdmonton Oilers stars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl led the way as Edmonton defeated Calgary on Saturday, 4-1. Draisaitl finished with four assists and McDavid added a goal and two assists. Josh Archibald recorded two points with a goal and an assist. Goaltender Mike Smith stopped 29 of 30 shots.
The Oilers are averaging 3.22 goals per game while allowing 2.67 goals per contest. That is 10th overall. The team is fifth in shooting percentage at 10.9%. They have one of the best power-play units in the NHL, second overall at 26.6% and are killing off penalties at an okay she’s on 80.0% rate.
Was Smith going on Monday, it will be Mikko Koskinen going on Tuesday. Koskinen is 11-11-0 with a 2.99 GAA and a .906 save percentage. He has been impressive in his last two starts, allowing three total goals, and has allowed 10 total goals over his last five starts.
McDavid is the NHL leader in points with 87 and is the leader in assist with 58. Draisaitl trails his linemate in all offensive categories, including in points where he is 71. The Oilers may have Kris Russell and Joakim Nygard back for this contest. Zack Kassian and Jujhar Khaira will both be out.
Maple Leafs Dominate CanucksThe Vancouver Canucks scored first in their game against Toronto, then watched the Maple Leafs roll off five unanswered goals and a 5-1 loss to Toronto. Tanner Pearson was the lone goal scorer for Vancouver. Goaltender Thatcher Demko had a tough night, stopping 25 of 29 shots.
Vancouver is 27th in goals per game at 2.58 and is allowing 3.24 goals per contest, 25th overall. The team is 26th in shooting percentage at 8.8%. The special teams’ units have been mediocre, 19th on the power-play at 19.5% and 19th in penalty killing at 78.9%.
Demko will go on Monday, so it will be Braden Holtby getting the call on Tuesday. Holtby is 7-8-2 with a 3.29 GAA and a .901 save percentage. He allowed four goals in his last start but had allowed nine total in his previous four games.
The offense for Vancouver is led by Brock Boeser with 37 points. He also leads the team in goals with 17. Tyler Motte, Brandon Sutter, Jake Virtanen, Antoine Roussel, and Elias Pettersson are all expected to be out for this game.
- 5-1 in their last six games on the road.
- 5-2 in their last seven games.
- 15-7 in their last 22 games against teams with a losing record.
- 0-4 of their last four games.
- 2-5 in their last seven games when they are the underdog.
- 16-35 in their last 51 games when playing on zero day’s rest.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Canucks beat Edmonton last time these teams met, but the Oilers are clearly the better team and have a lot more to play for. They are second in the North Division standings, with a pretty sizable lead over Winnipeg and a very slim chance of catching Toronto for the top spot. So, this game is more about keeping the momentum going, which is important as you enter the playoffs.
Right now, McDavid is just ridiculously good. In his last seven games, he has 18 points and is willing this team forward a big-time playoff run. One player can make that much of a difference when he is this hot, and I will go with the Oilers all the way.
Full-Game Total Pick
These teams have gone under in seven of the last 11 meetings in Vancouver. Edmonton has gone under in eight of their last nine games on the road and 13 of their last 17 games overall. Vancouver has gone under in eight of their last 12 games at home and has gone under in 12 of their last 19 overall.
The second game of back-to-back nights is always an interesting situation. One of the things to pay attention to is the level of energy the two teams are able to generate. It is tough to get back up like that and give it your best 24 hours later, and that will help to keep scoring down in this game.
I really want to push on this game, but I will take Edmonton to win, 4-1.