The NHL is set up with a great slate of games throughout February 25. Ten games are up on the board throughout Thursday night. One of these games will be between the Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks. These two teams have had opposite starts to this season, but will both look to earn a win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.
The Oilers have earned a record of 13-8 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in second place of the North Division. Edmonton has won four games in a row and ten of their last twelve. The Oilers will look to keep up this hot streak in this one. Edmonton is looking to further their lead in the North with a big win on Thursday night.
Vancouver has put up a record of 8-13-2 so far this season, which has them in sixth place of the North Division. The Canucks have lost three games in a row and ten of their last twelve games. Vancouver is on an opposite streak as Edmonton, but will look to turn it around. The Canucks have been hit hard, but they will look to get some big wins down this stretch.
These two teams have pretty much opposite records so far this season. The Canucks have been in a tough streak of losses, but will look to knock off Edmonton in this one. The Oilers are back to looking like a legit contender, which should lead to a good game in this one. I expect both teams to come out hot in this one as they look to get a win on Thursday night.
The Oilers and the Canucks have met up three times already this season. Edmonton hosted the first game on January 13. Adam Larsson, Darnell Nurse and Kailer Yamamoto all scored, but it was not enough. Brock Boeser had two goals, while Bo Horvat had a goal and an assist. Quinn Hughes and Tanner Pearson both had two assists. Vancouver grabbed a 5-3 win to open up the season series.
The second game of the season series shifted to Edmonton on January 14. Tyler Motte and Nate Schmidt scored, which was not enough. Connor McDavid had three goals and an assist, while Leon Draisaitl finished with three assists. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two goals and an assist to help lead the Oilers to a 5-2 win to tie up the season series.
Vancouver hosted the third and most recent game of the season series. Elias Pettersson had a goal and an assist as the Canucks took a 3-0 lead in the first period. Dominik Kahun had two goals and Leon Draisaitl had three assists as the Oilers came back to tie it. Tyler Ennis scored the go ahead goal to help lead Edmonton to a 4-3 win on the night.
These two teams have met up three times this season, but the Oilers have won the last two games. Edmonton took a tough loss to open up the season to the Canucks, but have been able to take the last two. Vancouver was up big early against the Oilers on Tuesday night, but lost it late. The Canucks will look to come out quick again in this one, but have a better finish.
The Oilers have been strong on the power play, but their penalty kill has struggled this season. Edmonton has capitalized on 20 of their 76 power play chances, which is a 26.3 percent power play. The Oilers have given up 15 power play goals on 66 penalties against, which is a 77.3 percent kill rate. Edmonton will look to step up on the penalty kill in this one.
Vancouver’s power play has struggled a bit throughout the early part of this season. The Canucks have scored 13 power play goals on 78 opportunities, which is a 16.7 percent success rate. Vancouver’s penalty kill has been a bit stronger this season. The Canucks have killed off 72 of their opponents 88 power play attempts, which is an 81.8 percent penalty kill.
These two teams have struggled a bit on part of special teams this season. The Canucks power play has not had a lot of success this season, but they will look for their penalty kill to give them the edge. Edmonton’s power play has been dangerous so far, but their penalty kill has struggled a bit. If either team can get a couple of power play goals, it could lead them to the win.
I expect Mikko Koskinen to get the nod between the pipes for the Oilers in this one. Koskinen has earned a record of 7-8 throughout his 15 games played this season. He has put up a .901 save percentage and a GAA of 3.26. Koskinen’s last start was against the Calgary Flames, where he stopped 43 of 44 shots as Edmonton grabbed the win.
Braden Holtby will likely get the start in the net for Vancouver on Thursday night. Holtby has started in 10 games this season, going 4-5-1 so far. He has posted a save percentage of .893 and a 3.51 GAA in his starts. Holtby finished with 27 saves on 31 shots in his last start against the Winnipeg Jets, which ended as an overtime loss.
These two goalies have had solid starts to this season, but both could step up a bit as the season goes along. Holtby’s numbers took a big hit early in the season, but he has been doing better after being benched for a week. Koskinen is coming off a killer performance and will look to build upon that in this one. If either goalie can get hot early in this one, it could lead to the win.
These two teams are playing the second half of a back to back, which should bump up the intensity in this one. Edmonton was able to score three goals in the third period to steal two points away from the Canucks on Tuesday night. I expect Vancouver to come out quicker in this one. If Holtby can have a good performance, I think the Canucks can steal this one at home.
BetOnline has the Oilers listed as a -131 against the money line in this one. This implies that Edmonton will win this game around 56.7 percent of the time. The Oilers have been the much better team, but I think that Vancouver can grab a win at home in this one. The Canucks will look to play a more complete game after blowing a lead on Tuesday, which I think makes them a good pick.