Pick 'Over' 5.5 in Friday's Canucks vs. Oilers

Ross Benjamin

Friday, October 17, 2014 12:46 PM GMT

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 12:46 PM GMT

Our resident NHL betting odds guru provides us with a preview article on tonight’s game between the Canucks/Oilers. Join us in reading this informative sports handicapping dialogue that culminates with a NHL free pick on the total.

Canucks Drilling for Oil
The Oilers will host the Canucks on Friday at Rexall Place in Edmonton with the first puck drop scheduled for 9:35 PM ET. According to NHL betting odds, the Canucks are a -140 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.5. The home team has won 7 of the last 9-games between these clubs. The Canucks have dominated the Oilers in recent years going 19-9 versus their Pacific Division rival.

 

Good Start and Well Rested
The Vancouver Canucks have temporarily recovered from the bitter disappointment of failing qualify for the NHL playoffs a season ago. They’re off to a 2-0 start, and enter tonight with 4-days of rest since their last game. They opened the season with a 4-2 win at Calgary last Wednesday, and then defeated Edmonton in their home opener this past Saturday 5-4 in an overtime shootout. The Canucks held a huge territorial advantage over their first two opponents, outshooting them by a combined 76-54. Newly acquired free agent offseason acquisition Ryan Miller was in goal for each of the wins, and stopped 42 of 48-shots (.889) on goal. Dating back to last season the Canucks have gone over the total in 6 of their last 7-games on the road, and have surpassed the number in each of the last 5 overall.

 

Making of a Lottery Team
It looks like the same old Oilers, beginning the season 0-4, and being outscored 23-11. Needless to say all 4-contests went over the total, and there was an average of 8.3 goals combined scored per game. Ben Scrivens has played poorly in goal, posting a large 5.21 GAA, and a horrible .800 save percentage. The word potential has been thrown around once too often in the Oilers regard. This club is filled with former #1 draft choices that haven’t come close to attaining their projected ceilings.

 

Final Analysis
I just don’t think that a team that has given up 23-goals in their first 4-games will suddenly be able to lock down defensively overnight. The Canucks have displayed some flair in their first 2-games, and should have plenty of energy due to their 4-day sabbatical between contests. I still maintain my contention that Ryan Miller’s better days are well behind him. For tonight's NHL picks, I am looking for this one to be a high scoring affair.

Free NHL Pick: Canucks/Oilers to go over the total of 5.5

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