The Vancouver Canucks are coming off of a large victory, but will that success spil over into tonight's matchup against the Edmonton Oilers? See why we think that a play on this game's total is the best way to look with your NHL picks.

The Vancouver Canucks are rolling with a 9-0-3 stretch and they appear to be gearing up for another Stanley Cup run. Meanwhile, the Edmonton Oilers are in the midst of another downward spiral and are on a collision course with another high draft pick. 

There’s no question that this a battle of two teams from different tiers in the NHL ranks, so the question is whether or not the sports betting odds and extraneous factors dangle enough of a carrot to take a shot on the upset. 

Sunday, February 19th

NHL odds boards opened with the Canucks at -160, and after the show they put on last night, is there any good reason not to take them to the sportsbooks? The total remains steady at 5.5. Lets break down this matchup and decide where we should place our NHL picks.

The Vancouver Canucks can win because…

Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton OilersThey simply don’t do much losing these days. The Canucks have now won nine of their last 12 games and haven’t even lost in regulation in that span. 

On Saturday night, they beat the crap out of the Toronto Maple Leafs by a count of 6-2 and it just so happens that those very same Leafs have beaten the Oilers twice in the last two weeks. If the math is that simple, the Oilers won’t stand much of a chance. 

A big hurdle for the Oilers in this contest figures to be their goaltending. They’ve coughed up 28 goals in their last seven games and now they’ll be up against the team that averages more goals per game than any other team in the Western Conference.  

Edmonton has lost four of five and unless they can tighten things up defensively, this will be child’s play for Vancouver. 

The Edmonton Oilers can win because… 

This is an easy spot for the Canucks to overlook a team like the Oilers.

The Vancouver Canucks are in good spirits, riding another wave of momentum, and they’ll be starting a six-game road trip in Edmonton on Sunday. They’re in a back-to-back situation and have upcoming contests with Nashville and Detroit on Tuesday and Thursday. Forgive them if they happen to look past the Oilers. 

Surprisingly, Vancouver is just 20-14 against teams with a losing record this season, which means that they’re much better against winning teams (17-7). Betting them against losing outfits has cost bettors 4.6 units this year. 

Edmonton oilersThe Oilers don’t have a lot going for them but touts should note that they have a 4-4 record in their last eight against winning teams is a good start and the fact that they’re 3-1 on Sundays is a positive. They’re 3-3 in their last six against Vancouver, so anything is possible.

Outlook & NHL Betting Prediction:

There’s no question that this is a complete mismatch. The second-best team in the Western Conference is going up against the second-worst team: what do you think is going to happen?

The only question is whether you believe the Canucks might take their foot off the gas a little bit or whether they might overlook Edmonton. Given the odds, it might be worth a shot.

Overall, the better play seems to be the over. The Canucks are letting it rip these days and the Oilers are giving up goals to everyone. The over is 6-1 in their last seven, so look for more of the same.

NHL Picks: Over