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Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks - 3/18/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Vancouver Canucks (28-33-9) at Edmonton Oilers (37-24-9)
Date & Time Saturday March 18, 2017, 10:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -250 / Vancouver Canucks +222 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Vancouver Canucks visit Rogers Place to take the ice with the Edmonton Oilers in Saturday night NHL hockey action.

The Dallas Stars and the Vancouver Canucks are still in the playoff race but suffice to say that both teams need plenty of wins and plenty of help and good fortune to extend their respective seasons. On Thursday, it was the Stars who came up big with a 4-2 victory at the Canucks. The balanced Dallas attack featured goals from Esa Lindell, Ales Hemsky, Tyler Sequin and Radek Faksa while John Klingberg logged a pair of helpers to support Kari Lehtonen and his 26 stops. In the process, the Stars prevented a four game losing streak. Vancouver saw tallies from Ben Hutton and Sven Baertschi with Ryan Miller absorbing the loss as the Canucks now head out on the road after losing all five contests of their homestand.

Seven has been a lucky number for the Edmonton Oilers and not so much for the Boston Bruins after 7-4 victory at Rogers Place was the second time in as many days the Oilers reached the seven goal plateau. The Oilers offensive assault saw Patrick Maroon score twice with Leon Draisaitl, Anton Slepyshev, Benoit Pouliot, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Milan Lucic also finding the back of the net. Draisaitl and Connor McDavid combined for five assists with Cam Talbot getting the win despite allowing four goals on 36 shots. The Bruins offense had a solid albeit losing offensive  effort with David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, Dominic Moore and David Krejci each scoring. Boston had trouble in the nets however, with Tuukka Rask allowing five goals on 17 shots before Anton Khudobin gave up two more on 19 shots in relief.

The Canucks are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and the Canucks are 1-8 in their last 9 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game while the under is 10-2-6 in Canucks last 18 vs. Pacific. The Oilers are 4-0 in their last 4 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game and the over is 5-1-1 in Oilers last 7 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 days situation while the Oilers are 4-1 in their last 5 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation. The under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

The under has been the strongest play in this match up but I don’t know if that is a good bet the way Edmonton is scoring but I lean Oilers for now until I see goalies…

Edmonton -1 // will update

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