Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers: NHL Odds, Prediction

Sports Interaction Staff | Updated Oct 01, 2019

Brock Boeser Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks have won their last five season openers and will try to make it six when they head to Alberta to play the Oilers on Wednesday.

Vancouver
36-27-3-3
AT
October 02, 2019, 10:00 PM ET
Rogers Place
Edmonton
37-25-7-2
Puckline +1.5 -210
Moneyline +120
Over / Under o +5.5

41%

Betting Action

59%

Puckline -1.5 +175
Moneyline -144
Over / Under u +5.5

41%

Betting Action

59%

Expectations for these two teams aren’t very high coming into the new season. The Oilers missed last year’s playoff race by 12 points and the Canucks are still in the tail end of their rebuild. They’ll face each other this week to open the 2019 season.

Canucks vs. Oilers Betting Analysis

Vancouver Canucks at Edmonton Oilers

Puckline
  • Vancouver Canucks -210 +1
  • Edmonton Oilers +175 -1

Last season saw these two clubs meet four times, with the Canucks going 2-1-1 against Edmonton. This year’s preseason saw them meet twice, with the Canucks beating the Oilers 4-2 and 6-1 in both contests.

Vancouver Canucks

Last week the Canucks closed their preseason with a 4-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes. Those preseason games resulted in some roster moves for the organization, the most surprising to some being Sven Baertschi being placed on waivers alongside Nikolay Goldobin and Alex Biega. All three are headed to Utica to play in the Canucks’ AHL affiliate. With Baertschi and Goldobin gone, room has been made for Jake Virtanen, who was practicing on the third line with Brendan Sutter and Josh Leivo. Look for the second line to feature Bo Horvat, Tanner Pearson and J.T. Miller.

So what will the Canucks first line looks like this week? Fortunately, Brock Boeser was cleared for contact on Monday. He’s been in concussion protocol and should be in that first line alongside Elias Pettersson and Michael Ferland. D-man Oscar Fantenberg, was injured in the same game as Boeser was, against Ottawa, and is also expected to be on the ice after being cleared from concussion protocol.

Edmonton Oilers

A collective sigh of relief was heard in Edmonton when it was announced that Connor McDavid would be ready to go against Vancouver when the Oilers’ 2019-20 season got underway. McDavid crashed into a goalpost in the last game of the regular season, tore his posterior cruciate ligament and spent the offseason in recovery.

The team needs more than just a healthy McDavid to turn things around. Remember, this is a club that has missed the postseason 12 times in 13 years. They fired Todd McLellan in November, and put Ken Hitchcock in his place. Hitchcock was shown the door at the end of the season, and the team is now in the charge of head coach Dave Tippett and GM Ken Holland. Can they turn things around for the Oilers?

They also need more than just a stellar top line. Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins all racked up huge points last season, but the Oilers still finished with a 35-38-9 record and just 79 points.

The Oilers placed forward Sam Gagner and defenceman Brandon Manning on waivers this week, and sent D William Lagesson to the AHL.

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