Edmonton Oilers (15-32-6) at Vancouver Canucks (26-17-9)
|Date & Time||Monday January 27, 2014, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -205 / Edmonton Oilers +186 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Edmonton Oilers look for their second win in as many nights as they travel to Vancouver to take on their former Northwest division rivals.
Things haven’t gone according to plan this season in Edmonton and in fact they haven’t been great for the better part of a decade as their last playoff berth came in 2006 when they fell to the Carolina Hurricanes in the Cup finals. However, last night’s victory at home against their former goaltender had to feel good as a stepping stone perhaps more so for administration than for the players skating on the ice. Edmonton cruised to a 5-1 victory against the Predators and Devan Dubnyk who was yanked after a tough outing but the Oilers know that if they’re going to finish the season strong and build confidence for next year their wins will have to come against more formidable foes. Edmonton heads into Vancouver to take on the John Tortorella-less Canucks who are still without their head coach from the incident involving the Calgary Flames but are coming off a victory in their last contest. Ilya Bryzgalov gets the call for the Oil as he goes up against Roberto Luongo for the Canucks.
Vancouver hasn’t exactly blown anyone away this season in the typical fashion we have grown accustomed to seeing from them over the years as the perennial President’s Trophy contenders sit in fourth place in the Pacific division. However, the Canucks are still in the mix in the Western Conference playoff picture sitting in seventh place and have a five point cushion on the ninth place Coyotes and with Edmonton coming to town they have a great shot at distancing themselves from the pack. Vancouver still has a number of their core pieces from their playoff runs of year’s past but to me they don’t have the same swagger about them this year and teams don’t seem too intimidated when they see Vancouver on the schedule. Nonetheless, the Canucks are heavy favourites in this spot against the Oilers and while Edmonton looked great last night this is a much more difficult matchup for them and I think we see that in the outcome of this game. However, I am not sold on the Canucks and don’t want to lay the juice with them here so I think the total is where we’ll go and with the amount of talent on both benches I see this one going the way of the over. I expect a ton of offense and with Bryzgalov playing the way he is for Edmonton I can see the six mark clearing before the end of the second period.