Canucks vs. Oilers NHL Picks: Lock In 'Under' 1.5 1st Period Only

Dana Lane

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 6:48 PM GMT

Neither of these teams are going to the playoffs but can the Vancouver Canucks extend their winning streak over the Oliers who have lost five of six. Check my NHL pick inside.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers 
The Vancouver Canucks didn't go away and hide after officially being eliminated from the playoff picture, in fact, they have won three straight and are likely to make it five as the Edmonton Oilers have dropped five of their last six including three straight. This is the first time this year that Vancouver has achieved a three game winning streak. 

Canucks goaltender, Ryan Miller, is still having to win games on his own but he looks as sharp as he has all season. In his last two games Miller is 2-0 with a 2.00 goals against average and a .947 save percentage. He allowed two goals each to San Jose and Los Angeles two of the leagues better offensive teams so it's hard for me to belive that his task won't be just a little easier tonight. I'm sure Miller hopes he wont have to make 40 saves again as he did in the Canucks 3-2 victory over Los Angeles Monday. To make their streak more impressive is that they beat San Jose and Anaheim on the road. Miller did not start the Ducks game. Miller said that he believes that these wins creates a foundation for next season. 

This will be the Oilers last game at Rexall place so one may figure they would be inspired to get a win but if you think back to the 5-0 loss to Calgary Saturday you might have thought the same against a team that had dominated the Oilers at home. Instead they turned in one of their worst performances marred by penalties. Edmonton managed only eight third period shots. It's hard for me to belive that if you couldn't get up for the last battle of Alberta then how can we back them to play well tonight. 

 

Betting Analysis
Before we starting anointing the Canucks 2017 Pacific Division champs let's remember that they are still one of the worst offensive teams in the league as they face one of the few teams that can match them for ineptitude. Vancouver is ranked 29th in scoring while the Oilers are 27th. I'm going to focus on first period scoring so let's look at where both teams rank. Although noticeably better both teams are still below average at 18th and 19th in the league. We always look to see if there is value with the side we're leaning towards and we find that we get a little at -135 down from -140. 

Even though the NHL pick for this one will be a first period 'under' over the Canucks have been an 'under' team inside divisional games for a long time. In their last 51 games against the Pacific, the 'under' has hit 28 times with 10 'pushes'. Then we see that Edmonton's lack of offense has helped the Oilers produce 15 'unders' in their last 21 games with a 'push'. 

I don't want to take the chance of an empty net goal beating me at the end so let's crush the first period 'under' 1.5 at a generous -135 on the NHL odds boards. @DanaLaneSports

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Free NHL Pick: Under 1.5 in first period. 
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle