The Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks meet Saturday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Edmonton Oilers Preview
The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 30.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Connor McDavid leads Edmonton with 39 goals, Leon Draisaitl has 45 assists and Zach Hyman has 179 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 74.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jack Campbell has allowed 74 goals on 654 shots faced, and Stuart Skinner has given up 73 goals on 851 shots.
The Vancouver Canucks Preview
The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Bo Horvat leads Vancouver with 30 goals, Quinn Hughes has 36 assists and Elias Pettersson has 147 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.9 goals per game and are killing 66.7 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Thatcher Demko has given up 56 goals on 479 shots faced, and Spencer Martin has allowed 89 goals on 721 shots.
The Oilers are 6-1 in their last 7 road games and 5-0 in their last 5 overall. The Canucks are 0-4 in their last 4 Saturday games and 17-45 in their last 62 games playing on 0 days rest. The over is 19-6-2 in Oilers last 27 overall. The over is 33-16-7 in Canucks last 56 overall. The Oilers are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Vancouver and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The favorite is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
Randy’s Free Pick
The Canucks don’t win on the end of back to backs, and they’ve had no recent success against the Oilers. The Oilers are not only playing the better hockey, but they have the rest advantage, and they’ve done some of their best recent work on the road. That poor Canucks defense won’t be better on tired legs. Give me the Oilers and the reasonable juice.