Vancouver Canucks (17-18-4) at Edmonton Oilers (18-15-3)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 27, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -160 / Vancouver Canucks +144 --- Over/Under: 6
The Vancouver Canucks and the Edmonton Oilers meet in NHL action from the Rogers Place on Thursday night.
The Vancouver Canucks will look to bounce back after narrowly falling to the Winnipeg Jets in their last putting by a final score of 1-0. The game was a scoreless deadlock through the opening two periods and for the majority of the 3rd frame, looking like we were headed to overtime before Mark Scheifele broke the deadlock and gave the Jets the win as none of Vancouver’s 40 shots on goal found the back of the net in the loss. Jacob Markstrom took the loss giving up the lone goal on 24 shots to fall to 14-10-3 in the losing effort.
The Edmonton Oilers will look to bounce back after 3 straight losses following a 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning last time out. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins opened the scoring for the Oilers before Tampa Bay tied the game up less than seven minutes later, giving us a 1-1 deadlock after 20 minutes of play. Alex Chiasson helped Edmonton re-take the lead before the Bolts tied and took the lead in a span of 1:32. The Lightning went up 4-2 before Leon Draisaitl brought the deficit back to one but that’s as close as the Oilers got as Tampa Bay iced the game with a pair of goals in the final 5 minutes of the game. Mikko Koskinen took the loss, falling to 11-5-1 this season after allowing 5 goals on 44 shots in the losing effort.
Vancouver is 7-15 in their last 22 games overall and 16-35 in their last 51 road games while the over is 3-1-2 in their last 6 games against the Western Conference. Edmonton is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 6-2 in their last 8 home games while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record. The home team is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams in Edmonton.
This is a steep price to pay given that the Oilers had been brutal over the last week before the Christmas break, but maybe a break is what Edmonton needed to get back on track heading into the All-Star break as the next stop. Vancouver had been in better form, but the Canucks have had no luck in Edmonton over the last few meetings so I’ll side with the Oilers to get the job done here.