Edmonton Oilers (34-37-6) at Vancouver Canucks (28-40-9)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 29, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +113 / Edmonton Oilers -125 --- Over/Under: 6
The Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks meet Thursday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.
The Edmonton Oilers look for a big road victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 14.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Connor McDavid leads Edmonton with 40 goals, Leon Draisaitl has 44 assists and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has 147 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 75.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has given up 176 goals on 1,899 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed 40 goals on 343 shots. The Edmonton Oilers have allowed three or more goals in five of their last eight games.
The Vancouver Canucks could also use a victory here after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Boeser leads Vancouver with 29 goals, Henrik Sedin has 44 assists and Daniel Sedin has 167 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 78.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 146 goals on 1,651 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 82 goals on 817 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 15 games.
The Oilers are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest, 19-7 in their last 26 Thursday games and 4-9 in their last 13 vs. Pacific. The Canucks are 14-38 in their last 52 home games, 14-39 in their last 53 Thursday games and 17-38 in their last 55 overall. The Oilers are 6-16 in the last 22 meetings in Vancouver, 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Edmonton Oilers are playing better hockey at the moment, as there's little value backing the Canucks these days. However, neither of these teams have anything to play for at this point, and the Canucks have had the upperhand over the Oilers over the years. In a battle between two clubs that have no shot of making the playoffs, I'll take my chances with the plus money and the home team.