Vancouver Canucks (1-0) at Edmonton Oilers (0-1)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -125 / Vancouver Canucks +105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Vancouver Canucks and the Edmonton Oilers meet in the second half of a back-to-back in NHL action from Rogers Place on Thursday night.
The Vancouver Canucks will look to sweep the back-to-back against the Oilers after emerging victorious to start the season with a 5-3 win over Edmonton on Wednesday.
Bo Horvat opened the scoring for the Canucks with the lone goal of the opening period before Kailer Yamamoto tied the game up at one for Edmonton less than six minutes into the second period. Nils Hoglander restored Vancouver’s lead with less than three minutes to go in the second but Darnell Nurse would tie the game up at two just 10 seconds into the 3rd period. Adam Gaudette restored Vancouver’s lead 1:43 later and Brock Boeser added a 4th goal just 1:51 later. Adam Larsson pulled a goal back for Edmonton just over eight minutes into the 3rd but that’s as close as Edmonton would get as Boeser added his 2nd goal of the game to restore Vancouver’s two-goal cushion for good.
Braden Holtby got the win in his Canucks debut after stopping 28 of 31 shots faced in the winning effort while Mikko Koskinen gave up 5 goals on 35 shots faced to take the loss in the season opener for Edmonton.
Vancouver is 8-2 in their last 10 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on no rest while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Edmonton is 1-6 in their last 7 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 home games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games as a home favorite. The under is 6-2-3 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams.
I think you could make the case for either side in this one as it’s hard to best the same team twice in as many days, but it’s early in the season so a back-to-back could be a prime opportunity for Vancouver to sneak in two quick road wins over the Oilers. However, we hit with the over on Wednesday and I’m going to go back to the well here. Both teams now start their backups who are far less reliable in my opinion than Holtby and Koskinen and even with the #1s in, the two combined for 8 goals. Give me the over in another high scoring affair.