NHL Picks: Bet on Canucks (-200) Against Oilers Sunday Night

Nikki Adams

Sunday, October 18, 2015 5:41 PM GMT

Edmonton Oilers look to extend their winning streak at the expense of the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night. Here’s a preview of this Pacific division clash complete with NHL picks.

Vancouver Canucks (3-1-1, 2nd in Pacific Division)
The Vancouver Canucks are off to a bright start on the season behind a 3-1-1 mark and 7 points through five games, which puts them second in the Pacific Division behind divisional leaders San Jose Sharks (4-1-0). Overall, the Canucks are 15th in the league with 2.8 goals scored per game and 5th in the league with 1.3 goals against. While they do appear to be struggling on the power play, ranking 25th in the league with 7.7% success rate they are eighth overall killing the power play with 88.9%.

Most recently, the Canucks had a two-game winning streak snapped by the St. Louis Blues in a narrow 4-3 loss at home on Friday. It was their first regulation loss on the season, but –not to poop on their party – it was also their second home loss of the season, meaning they are winless at home thus far (0-1-1), which has to be slightly concerning even if it’s just early days on the season. The setback sees them slip to a 0-1-1 mark at home.

In spite of their rather discouraging home form, the Canucks enter as the solid faves to win straight up at -200 NHL odds. On the puck line, the Canucks are matched as the -1.5 home chalk, but the juice is set to +150. The total is trading on 5.5 with the OVER disadvantaged at +105 and the UNDER favoured at -125 NHL odds.

Edmonton Oilers (0-4-0, 7th In Pacific Division)
The Edmonton Oilers finally got into the win column with a 5-2 road win in Calgary on Saturday night. They’ll be looking to clinch their second straight win on the season, second straight road win in as many days. It’s a short turnaround though, which could play to their disadvantage. Canucks are rested having played on Friday and at home.

Edmonton Oilers went winless in their first four games of the season, with losses to the Blues (twice), Predators and Stars – all of which were decided by two goals. In this matchup the Oilers are favoured at -170 to cover the +1.5 puck line then, largely down to past NHL betting trends between the Oilers and Canucks (see below list of trends).

Granted the Oilers must be energised by their win over their bitter intra-province rivals the Flames, but in the Canucks they face another bitter rival that has owned them in recent meetings – Edmonton is 1-5 SU in the last six games in Vancouver. Other guiding NHL betting trends that leap off the page include:

  • The total has gone OVER in four of Edmonton’s last five games when playing on the road to Vancouver.

  • Edmonton is 1-5 SU on the road to Vancouver

  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of the last 7 games between this pair overall (home and away)

  • Canucks are riding a five-game winning streak over the Oilers, which include scores of (from oldest to more recent): 5-4, 2-0, 3-2, 5-4 and 6-5

NHL Betting Verdict
Based on form on the season and home advantage, as well as head-to-head trends, the Canucks emerge as the smart NHL pick to win straight up at -200 NHL odds. Past NHL betting trends reveal that the OVER cashes more frequently than the UNDER in this clash, so we’re taking the OVER 5.5 at +105 as well.

NHL Picks: Canucks to win at -200 & OVER 5.5 at +105 at at Bet365