Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks - 10/2/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Vancouver Canucks (0-0) at Edmonton Oilers (0-0)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -132 / Vancouver Canucks +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Rogers Place.
The Vancouver Canucks enter a third season under coach Travis Green and hope to end a four-year playoff drought. The Canucks have a really good goaltending tandem in Jacob Markstrom and Thatcher Demko, who are going to keep them in games more times than not. The issue for the Canucks is finding consistent offense to get out of this funk, but Elias Pettersson, Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser all return after topping 20 goals last season and they’re still young enough to take their game to the next level. There’s a lack of depth with the Canucks, so injuries could sink this team at any point, but there’s a lot of young talent to be excited about and things could break if key guys stay healthy. The Vancouver Canucks have won their last three regular season openers.
The Edmonton Oilers enter the Dave Tippett era, and he has the task of turning around a franchise that has one playoff appearance in the last 10 years. The Oilers have a fighting chance each and every night as long as Connor McDavid, arguably the best player in the world, is on the ice. It’s now about finding the depth around him to turn a one-man team into a serious playoff threat. Leon Draisaitl is a wonderful start and is coming off his best season yet and Darnell Nurse is another player who is improving with age. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had 69 points last year, which is the most he’s had in his career. The addition of James Neal could be a steal if he’s able to turn back the clock a bit. There’s potential in Edmonton, but McDavid needs to find consistent help for this team to go anywhere. The Edmonton Oilers have split their last two regular season openers.
The Canucks are 6-0 in their last 6 Wednesday games, 22-49 in their last 71 road games and 21-48 in their last 69 games as a road underdog. The Oilers are 3-7 in their last 10 Wednesday games, 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference. The under is 5-1 in Canucks last 6 home games. The over is 4-0 in Oilers last 4 games as a favorite.
The Edmonton Oilers have won six of the last 10 meetings against the Canucks and the home team has won seven of the last 10 meetings as well. The Canucks have been fade material on the road for much of the last three years, and the Oilers need to set the tone for the season early with a bunch of home games if this year is going to be a success. I'll gladly side with the Oilers and the reasonable price at home.