Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks - 1/21/14
Vancouver Canucks (25-16-9) at Edmonton Oilers (15-30-6)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Rexall Place)
The Line: Edmonton Oilers +138 / Vancouver Canucks -152 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNET-P, SNET-W
The Vancouver Canucks will look for a third victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night as the two teams square off at Rexall Place in Edmonton.
The Canucks will have to win on the road without Coach John Tortorella, who was suspended 15 games after the incidents occurring in Vancouver’s last game against the Calgary Flames. The game against the Flames, which began with both teams sending out goons to brawl, resulted in a 3-2 shootout win for Vancouver. The Canucks will also be minus center Henrik Sedin, who will miss the game with what is being called a rib injury. Sedin’s absence will undoubtedly stymie Vancouver’s offensive prowess being that he leads the team in assists and points.
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Edmonton is surely excited to get back home after a winless four game road trip, which concluded with an overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets. In what seemed like a small victory for Edmonton, stealing a point against the Jets, the Oilers were outshot, outhit and outplayed. David Perron, who is tied for the team lead in goals with 18, found the back of the net for Edmonton with just two minutes remaining in regulation, which forced the game into overtime. The Oilers are just 2-6-2 in the last ten games, but will look to get into the win column as they play the next three games at home.
The Vancouver Canucks are 2-0 against the Edmonton Oilers this season, with both games being played in Vancouver. In the previous two games this season, the Canucks have combined for a total of 10 goals while allowing the Oilers a mere two goals. The home team is 5-0 in the last five between these two teams, and the Canucks are 8-3 in the last 11 versus the Oilers. However, Vancouver is 0-5 in the last five road contests, and have struggled mightily to score the puck. The under in Vancouver games has been a winning proposition of late. I cannot lay the price with Vancouver here without Tort or Henrik Sedin, so while I caution that there are better plays, I think the Oilers could be a live home dog and the under is worth a lok as well.