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Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks - 4/12/14

Game
Vancouver Canucks (35-34-11) at Edmonton Oilers (28-44-9)
Date & Time Saturday April 12, 2014, 10:00 PM (EDT)
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The Line
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -114 / Vancouver Canucks +103 --- Over/Under: 5
TV Channel
CBC
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The Edmonton Oilers will finish their season with a matchup against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night. This is the fifth meeting between the two teams, and the Canucks have won three of the four.

The Canucks have lost five of their last six games and are getting very little offensive production. The Canucks have been held to two or less goals in seven of their last nine games and have scored just one power play goal in their last five games. Defensively, goalie Eddie Lack has allowed three or more goals in four of his last five starts. The Vancouver Canucks are 16-19-2-3 on the road this season.

The Oilers have lost five of their last seven games and have won just eight games since the beginning of March. The Oilers struggles have come at both ends, but the subpar goaltending hasn’t helped matters. Goalie Ben Scrivens has allowed three or more goals in seven of his last eight starts and Viktor Fasth has given up three or more goals in three of his last four starts. Offensively, Taylor Hall has four assists and five points in his last five games. The Edmonton Oilers and 15-22-2-1 at home this season. 

The Canucks are 4-15 in their last 19 road games and 8-21 in their last 29 games playing on 1 days rest. The Oilers are 2-6 in their last 8 home games and 17-35 in their last 52 games playing on 1 days rest. The Canucks are 18-8 in the last 26 meetings, while the home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

I like Edmonton to wake up for this game. Not only is it the Oilers last game of the season in front of their home fans, but it's also the last game for Ryan Smyth, who announced he will retire at the end of the season.

Take the Oilers to end the season on a positive note. 

Pick:
Edmonton Oilers -114

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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