After perfectly predicting three NHL picks yesterday, this hockey handicapper examines the game between Vancouver Canucks & Edmonton Oilers in this NHL betting preview article with a free pick on the money line.
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The Oilers and Canucks meet tonight at Rexall Place in Edmonton with a slated 10:05 PM ET opening puck drop. According to the NHL odds, the Canucks are a -135 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.5. Vancouver has won both encounters with Edmonton this season, 5-4 at home on 10/11 and 2-0 in Edmonton on 10/17. Last season the Canucks won 3 of the 5-games played versus the Oilers.
Shifting Momentum to the Road
The Vancouver Canucks enter tonight fresh off a highly efficient 3-game home stand. They won each of those 3-games, and outscored their opponents by a cumulative score of 11-5 in the process. Vancouver has seen just 2 of their first 10-games this season go under the total, and has averaged a robust 3.4 goals scored per game. The special teams units have both been solid. The Canucks power play is converting a stellar 23.7% of their man power advantages, and the penalty killing unit has allowed just 12.8% of their opponent’s power plays to be successful. Vancouver has gone a stellar 19-6 against the money line in the first half of the season during the past 2-years when facing an opponent with a money line losing record.
Long Home Stand Concludes Tonight
The Edmonton Oilers will be playing the finale of a mammoth 7-game in 15-day home stand tonight. They’ve gone 4-2 thus far, including a 4-game winning streak sandwiched between the 2-losses. They’re coming off a disappointing effort in a 4-1 loss on Wednesday at the hands of the Nashville Predators. Edmonton opened the season by seeing each of their first 4-games go over the total, and since then have witnessed 5 of the next 6 play on the low side of the ledger.
The Edmonton Oilers enter tonight with a 4-6 (.400) money line record for the year, and have won 4 of their last 5-games. The combination of those two factors was an integral part of where I’m going regarding my NHL pick in this game. Any money line road favorite, versus an opponent with a .400 to .490 money line win percentage, and that opponent has won 4 of their 5 previous games, has gone 57-18 (76%) since 1996.
Free NHL Pick: Canucks-135 at BookMaker