Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers - 10/11/14
Edmonton Oilers (0-1-0) at Vancouver Canucks (1-0-0)
NHL Hockey: Saturday
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -165 / Edmonton Oilers +140 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Edmonton Oilers look to spoil the party at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Saturday night as the Canucks play in their home opener.
The Oilers got off to a pretty lackluster start to the 2014-15 season as they were pasted by a 5-2 final in their own building against their archrivals from Calgary, a resulted that prompted a few Oilers fan to throw their team colours on the ice. Edmonton has become the epicentre of frustration over the last few seasons as they have put together a roster that should be playoff worthy but the results just haven’t come and both the players and management and the fans are getting restless. The Oilers take to the road where things don’t get any easier as they take on a Canucks team looking to absolve last season’s disappointing campaign and will be on home ice for the first time after starting the season in Calgary. Edmonton has the guns to compete offensively and they brought in reinforcements at the back but in their loss to Calgary especially in the third period the Oilers fell apart at the seams and will need to find a more consistent game plan that lasts a full 60 minutes. Viktor Fasth gets the nod for Edmonton as he goes up against Ryan Miller.
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The Canucks made some bold moves last season as they shipped out both Corey Schneider and Roberto Luongo which subsequently led to the firing of GM Mike Gillis and started the overhaul in Vancouver under new management led by Jim Benning. Vancouver looked solid in their season opening win against the Flames but you have to take that with a grain of salt as Calgary aren’t exactly world beaters and aren’t the best litmus test for deciding your team’s level of competitiveness. Vancouver did make some nice moves on the ice as well during the offseason by bringing in Ryan Miller to solve their woeful and distracting goaltending situation and if he can return to his Vezina type form than the Canucks should be able to jump back in the playoff picture as early as this season. This is a nightmare spot for the Oilers who never seem to play well against the Canucks and I see this being a very high scoring game that Vancouver ultimately takes comfortably.