Side With Oilers -145 With Your NHL Picks vs. Canucks

Dana Lane

Friday, March 18, 2016 8:35 PM GMT

Friday, Mar. 18, 2016 8:35 PM GMT

The Vancouver Canucks (27-30-12 66pts) are well outside the playoff race and are playing for pride at this point.  They face the Edmonton Oilers (28-38-7 63 pts) who are lower than them in the standings but have been playing much better as of late. 

Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers are the worst team in the West and would be in the league if it wasn't for the Toronto Maple Leafs but you can't help but to be excited about their future.  They finally appear to have the pieces moving forward that could make some real noise in the next couple of seasons.  The Vancouver Canucks are in a rut.  They are not in full rebuilding mode they certainly have the parts to compete any time soon. The troubling part is that you don't see the outrage from the teams leaders.  Even in Montreal. where they've had a horrific year, you saw P.K. Subban stand up and try to motivate his teammates to finish the year strong. I see the Sedin's almost at peace with their fate.  That sends a bad message to the fans and the younger players who need leadership. Highly regarded, 6-7,Nikita Tryamkin, was added to the Vancouver active roster but needs a positive culture to thrive in.  

Before we jump on the 'new guy' bandwagon watch some of the Russian's KHL play.  Eleven points in 53 games, in a league that is on par with the American Hockey League, isn't impressive enough.  He clearly needs to smooth out the rough edges to his game and at this point is only a depth guy on defense.  Don't be blinded by the shiny new object because the Oilers, Connor McDavid, is shinier and will cash more tickets for you at this point in his career. I look at this game as the Oilers having the confidence that even though we both are equally as bad now, our future is brighter.  That's means something when two Canadian teams get together.  

This game also represents the last time the Oilers have as a measure of revenge.  Vancouver has had the Oilers number winning six of the last seven meetings. With Vancouver losing 14 of their last 21 games even a measure of success against the Oilers doesn't motivate me to back a bad team on the road especially with the Oilers winning six of their last ten games.  The St. Louis Blues could win the Central Division but the Oilers scored six times Monday to send a message to the top teams in the West. Edmonton's powerplay which has laid dormant for much of the last two months may be heating up due to their four goal effort in the win.  

The Canucks may be playing well against the Oilers but against the West overall they have dropped 18 of their last 26 games and are starting another negative trend when playing on one days rest as they have dropped eight of their last 11 in this scenario.  

Both teams are usually not a great play but I have more confidence in the Oilers at -145 NHL odds at home for my NHL picks. @DanaLaneSports

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NHL Pick: Oilers -145
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