Edmonton Oilers (18-12-3) at Vancouver Canucks (15-16-4)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 16, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +105 / Edmonton Oilers -125 --- Over/Under: 6
The Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks meet Sunday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.
The Edmonton Oilers look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Connor McDavid leads Edmonton with 19 goals, Leon Draisaitl has 26 assists and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 78.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has given up 56 goals on 527 shots faced and Mikko Koskinen has allowed 33 goals on 471 shots. The Edmonton Oilers have allowed two or less goals in six of their last nine games.
The Vancouver Canucks look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 17.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 16 goals, Nikolay Goldobin has 15 assists and Bo Horvat has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 77.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 73 goals on 736 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 29 goals on 294 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Oilers are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 2-5 in their last 7 Sunday games and 3-8 in their last 11 road games. The Canucks are 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games, 22-45 in their last 67 home games and 4-13 in their last 17 overall. The Oilers are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings in Vancouver and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The over is 28-12-1 in Canucks last 41 home games. The under is 7-3 in Oilers last 10 overall.
The Vancouver Canucks haven't been able to string many wins together recently and I'm not sure I trust them on the end of a back to back. The Edmonton Oilers are playing easily better hockey overall, have been consistently solid defensively and have won six of the last nine meetings against the Canucks. Taking the Oilers and the cheap price seems like the play here. The Canucks have been too shaky to make a habit out of backing them at the moment, even though we cashed on them last night against the Flyers.