Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks: NHL Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Mar 28, 2018

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Promising young forward Adam Gaudette will reportedly nmake his NHL debut for Vancouver in this game after recently signing a three-year, entry-level deal. The 2015 fifth-round draft pick is a favourite to win the award for top collegiate player in the USA.

Edmonton
36-40-5-1
AT
March 29, 2018, 10:00 PM ET
Rogers Arena
Vancouver
31-40-6-5
Puckline -1.5 +190
Moneyline -150
Over / Under o +6

74%

Betting Action

26%

Puckline +1.5 -230
Moneyline +125
Over / Under u +6

74%

Betting Action

26%

Frankly, not much to play for Thursday night in Vancouver for either the Canucks or Edmonton Oilers other than series bragging rights and individual goals with both clubs eliminated from playoff contention.

Oilers vs Canucks Betting Analysis

This is the third of four meetings between these teams this season, and it’s split.

Way back on Oct. 7, the Canucks won their season opener (and the Vancouver coaching debut of Travis Green) against the visiting Oilers 3-2. Bo Horvat was the No. 1 star with two goals. Jacob Markstrom allowed a goal on the game’s first shot to Kris Russell but settled down to make 33 saves. Edmonton’s Cam Talbot allowed three goals on seven shots before being pulled early in the second period.

On Jan. 20 in Edmonton, the Oilers prevailed 5-2 behind two goals from Patrick Maroon, since traded to New Jersey, and a goal and two assists from Jesse Puljujarvi. That remains a season high in points for the Swedish winger. Talbot stopped 25 shots. Daniel Sedin and Brandon Sutter had the goals for the Canucks, while Markstrom had 30 saves.

Vancouver hasn’t won a season series against Edmonton since going 5-0 in 2015. That was also the last time the Canucks went unbeaten at home against their rivals. The Oilers have won just six of their past 22 trips to Vancouver.

Edmonton Oilers

This starts the final road trip of the season for Edmonton (34-37-6), which goes to Calgary on Saturday and Minnesota on Monday before finishing up at home vs. Vegas and Vancouver. The Oilers lost their second straight game Tuesday, 7-3 vs. Columbus – blowing an early 3-0 lead. Connor McDavid continued his red-hot play with a short-handed goal and two assists to reach 100 points (102) on the season and stretch his scoring lead. He has 12 goals and 15 assists in March with nine multi-point games. The 21-year-old is the seventh player in NHL history to produce at least two 100-point seasons before turning 22 years old. The others: Wayne Gretzky (four seasons), Dale Hawerchuk (three), Mario Lemieux (three), Sidney Crosby (three), Jimmy Carson (two) and Joe Sakic (two). Strong list! Talbot continued his recent shaky play, however, allowing five goals on 18 shots before being pulled.

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks (28-40-9) started their final homestand of the season on Tuesday with a 4-1 win over Anaheim. Sutter had two goals and an assist, and Alex Biega scored his first goal since mid-February 2015. Markstrom stopped 23 shots to win his third straight start. Tonight we might get our first look at Adam Gaudette,who finished the regular season at Northeastern University with an NCAA-leading 30 goals and 30 assists in 38 games to earn a spot among the Hobey Baker Award finalists. Gaudette could have gone back to Northeastern for his senior year had the sides not agreed on a contract.

Oilers vs. Canucks Prediction

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