A late west coast pick last night between the Panthers and Kings, so I won’t be able to provide a follow-up for that one. The game will be concluding around 1 a.m. eastern and I need to get up early, so won’t have time. So then, I made sure to get this pick and write-up done a little earlier than usual. I hope that we cashed in a winner last night, and I hope that the rest of your picks went well. The NFL has been kind to me this season, as I haven’t had a losing weekend in several weeks. If you want access to those picks for the remainder of the season, be sure to head over to NFLbettingpicks.org where you’ll have access to mine and Kevin’s, who has been hot as well, for a small subscription fee. Let’s stay on topic, though, and look at the NHL card for Wednesday night.
With that said, it is a small card, so there isn’t all that much for me to ponder over. I take a look at another west coast matchup, albeit much farther north and in a different country. This game will have a different feel to it as well, as the Canucks and Oilers renew their rivalry in Edmonton. It hasn’t exactly been that much of a rivalry, though, as the results have been fairly lopsided towards one side. The Oilers have been in rebuilding mode for the last few seasons, thus, it isn’t much of a surprise to hear who the dominating team has been in this series. Edmonton has a flurry of young players that pose a solid core for the future for their club, but have yet to put it all together. The Oilers are probably still a couple of years away from being a contender, or in the least, a team contending for a playoff position. With a few right moves by management, they could make it there, but don’t hold your breath. The feeling around Vancouver is that the Canucks are in rebuilding mode as well. They made it to the Stanley Cup finals against the Boston Bruins a few years ago and from there fans expected that to be an every year occurrence. However, after the departure of Roberto Luongo, there has been a sense of rebuilding in Vancouver. I wouldn’t call it a complete overhaul, but the Canucks are trying to recapture what they had just a few short years ago.
Vancouver Canucks @ Edmonton Oilers
It isn’t that the Canucks are a bad team, because they aren’t, but expectations were set at a high level when they made the finals against the Bruins. Of course we all know what happened following that game. The Canucks are a good team. Not great, not bad, but a good team that could take a round in the playoffs. Beyond that though, I think the Canucks don’t have the talent to go deep in the postseason. But who knows, if goaltender Ryan Miller plays out of his mind, they could surprise. As it is now, they are a much better team than the Edmonton Oilers are. Most notably, the Canucks have been playing well on the road, where they are 7-3 this season. Vancouver already beat the Oilers earlier this season in Edmonton by a score of 3-2. There has been a pattern with the Canucks: get their asses kicked and then bounce back the next game. They’ve only lost two games straight all season long. The Canucks got trounced in their last game against the Arizona Coyotes, 5-0. Note that game was played on November 14th, today is the 19th. Consequently, the Canucks have had plenty of time to rest up and prepare for the Oilers. The Canucks aren’t particularly bad at anything, they are scoring an average of 2.83 goals a game while allowing 2.89 goals. For where they are this season, I would have guessed similar figures without even looking.
Edmonton counters tonight as losers of 7 of their last 10 games. Is goalie Ben Scrivens going to be the leader of their franchise in net? Well, the Oilers’ goals against as a team has improved drastically and Scrivens has a 2.94 GAA, but they still aren’t in a great position. They’re still near the bottom of the NHL in goals allowed, 3.28 goals per game which equates to 27th in the NHL. I thought the goal scoring was going to be much better for them this season, but in that department, the Oilers are only 24th in the NHL, scoring 2.44 a game. Compared to the Canucks who are 9th, lighting the lamp an average of 2.83 times a game. Additionally, the Canucks are 7-3 over the Oilers in their last 10 meetings. I look for the Canucks to beat the Oilers once again, as they advance to 13-6 on the season and the Oilers fall to 6-12-2.
Pick – CANUCKS TO WIN (-135) @ 5dimes.eu (Best Odds)