Edmonton Oilers vs Vancouver Canucks - 10/2/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 2:03 PM (Rogers Place)
EDM -132 O/U 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
On Wednesday, the Vancouver Canucks visit the Edmonton Oilers in the opening game of the NHL regular season for both. The Canucks appear to be ready to reach the playoffs this season. Vancouver has strong young scoring talent and added strength to both the forwards and defense while having a solid goaltending duo of Jacob Markstrom and Thatcher Demko. Brock Boeser has been cleared to play in Wednesday’s season opener for the Canucks.
While the offense will be handled by Elias Pettersson, Quinn Hughes is expected to turn heads in Vancouver this season for the defense. The 19-year rookie defenseman has been compared to Scott Niedermayer but does not have the size. Hughes will be paired with Chris Tanev on the Canucks blue line and will square off on October 19 against his brother who plays for the New Jersey Devils.
Edmonton has the NHL’s best player in Connor McDavid, but without help the superstar will not reach his full potential in Edmonton and the Oilers will be perennial doormats in the NHL. The Oilers roster at this point is not playoff caliber but Dave Tippett is known for getting more out of players than other NHL coaches. James Neal has arrived from Calgary while the Oilers shipped off Milan Lucic. Several smaller deals have been made and the Oilers hope to be competitive when the season begins.
While Connor McDavid grabs all the headlines in Edmonton and deservingly so, defenseman Evan Bouchard is expected to grab the attention of many this season. The 19 year old starts the season in the AHL but is expected to be called up early to take control of the back line for the Oilers.
Vancouver is 22-49 in its last 71 on the road
The UNDER has cashed in each of the Canucks last 4 versus Pacific Division opponents
Edmonton is 1-4 in its last 5 at home
The UNDER has cashed in 7 of the Oilers last 10 versus Pacific Division opponents
Vancouver ended its season on a down note losing each of its last 4, each of its last 4 versus Western Conference opponents and 7 of its last 9 on the road. Edmonton has won 5 of the last 6 head-to-head at home versus Vancouver and 7 of the last 9 while the favorite on home ice. Final Score Prediction, Edmonton Oilers win 5-2