Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers Prediction, NHL Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated May 08, 2021

Four goals on their first four shots rightfully chased Mikko Koskinen out of Edmonton’s net on Thursday. Jack Rathbone, Travis Hamonic, and Tyler Graovac all scored their first goals of the season in the win.

Vancouver
23-29-3-1
AT
May 08, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
Rogers Place
Edmonton
35-19-2
Puckline +1.5 -110
Moneyline +210
Over / Under o +6

12%

Betting Action

88%

Puckline -1.5 -110
Moneyline -254
Over / Under u +6

12%

Betting Action

88%

The Edmonton Oilers can clinch home ice in the first round with a point Saturday night when they host the Vancouver Canucks, who are nearing elimination from the playoffs. The Canucks and Oilers moved their stretch of four-straight games against one another over to Alberta on Thursday. It also marked the end of a six-game losing streak for Vancouver, who came out with a 6-3 win and reached four goals in a game for the first time since April 24.

Saturday night’s the second-last game between the Canucks and Oilers in 2021. They will reconvene at Rogers Place the following Saturday for Edmonton’s final regular season game. Puck drop is at 10 p.m. EST.

Canucks vs. Oilers Betting Analysis

Four goals on their first four shots rightfully chased Mikko Koskinen out of Edmonton’s net on Thursday. Jack Rathbone, Travis Hamonic, and Tyler Graovac all scored their first goals of the season in the win.

Coming off a loss, the Oilers are -295 favourites to win on the NHL odds for Saturday’s game with a total of 6.5. The Over has hit in four of the last Vancouver–Edmonton games played in Alberta. Edmonton’s won five of eight games against Vancouver in 2021 but they are just 1-1 at home. The Oilers have more road wins than home wins on the season, while Vancouver’s a mediocre 8-13-1 away from home.

Vancouver Canucks

The goals finally came for Vancouver on Thursday and they came quick, as they jumped out to a 4-2 lead after 20 minutes of play. Prior to Thursday Vancouver had scored one total goal in four of their last six games, leading to a losing stretch that should cost them their season.

With the game’s final goal, Brock Boeser became the first Canuck to reach 20 goals this season. Boeser’s now hit the 20-goal mark three times in his career. Rookie Nils Hoglander also reached 10 goals on the year and entered Friday tied for sixth among first-year scorers.

Saturday is also the second of six straight games on the road for Vancouver.

Edmonton Oilers

Even in a 6-3 loss, Connor McDavid had a three-point night and is at 96 total points in 52 games played. The odds McDavid will reach 100 in a shortened 56-game season are extremely in his favour as he plays at a 1.51 point-per-game pace over an 82-game season.

Teammate Leon Draisaitl had a two-goal performance in the loss and is now at 77 points on the season. McDavid and Draisaitl have sat first and second in points all season, and could end up with 80 points each in a season where no other player has hit 70.

Mike Smith, who is 19-6-2 with a .925 save percentage on the season, is expected to start in net Saturday.

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