Edmonton Oilers vs Vancouver Canucks NHL Pick – October 30

The NHL is set up with another strong night of action throughout October 30. Ten games are up on the board throughout Saturday. One of these matchups will be between the Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks. These two teams have been solid to open up this season and will look to earn a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.

Edmonton has earned a record of 5-1-0 to open up this season, which has them sitting in second place of the Pacific division. The Oilers are coming off their first loss of the season and will look to bounce back in this one. Edmonton has been strong offensively on the season and will look to continue to dominate on Saturday night.

The Canucks have put up a record of 3-4-1 so far this season, which has them sitting in fifth place of the Pacific division. Vancouver has lost their last two games and will look to bounce back in this one. The Canucks have not had the best start to this season, but could earn a big early season division win. I expect Vancouver to switch things up entering this one.

These two teams have had opposite starts to the season, but will look for a big win on Saturday night. The Oilers have been the stronger team early and will look to keep it going. Vancouver has struggled in their last couple of games, but will look to change things up. I expect another exciting game between these two rivals.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Edmonton Oilers -1 ½ (+165) -144 Over 6 ½ (-117)
Vancouver Canucks +1 ½ (-190) +130 Under 6 ½ (+106)

 

Team Data Edmonton Oilers Vancouver Canucks
Overall Record 5-1-0 3-4-1
Away/ Home Record 2-0-0 0-2-0
Goals Per Game 4.33 2.50
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 5.00 1.50
Save Percentage .919 .913
Save Percentage Away/ Home .940 .914

Betting Trends

Edmonton Oilers

  • 2-0 in road games where total is six or more
  • 1-0 in Saturday games
  • 2-0 when playing on two days rest
  • 4-0 against the division
  • 1-0 after allowing four goals or more
  • 2-0 against team with losing record

Vancouver Canucks

  • 0-2 in home games where total is six or more
  • 1-1 on Saturday games
  • 1-1 against division opponents
  • 1-2 after non-Conference game
  • 0-1 after scoring one goals in previous game
  • 0-3 against team with winning record

These two teams have met up once already in this season. Both teams opened up this season on October 13 in Edmonton. Jesse Puljujarvi and Zach Hyman both scored to give the Oilers and early 2-0 lead. Nils Hoglander had two assists on goals by Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Quinn Hughes to tie it back up. Kyle Turris won it in the shootout to give Edmonton the season opening win 3-2.

Special Teams

The Oilers have been dangerous on special teams to open up this season. Edmonton has scored on 9 of their 21 power play opportunities, which is a 42.9 percent power play. The Oilers have killed off 17 of 19 penalties against, which is an 89.5 percent kill rate. Edmonton is 1st on the power play and 5th on the penalty kill.

Vancouver has struggled a bit on special teams early in the season. The Canucks have capitalized on 6 of their 31 power play chances, which is a 19.4 percent success rate. Vancouver has given up 5 power play goals on 23 penalties against, which is a 78.3 percent penalty kill. The Canucks are 16th with the man advantage and 23rd on the penalty kill this season.

Edmonton has a big edge on special teams in this one. The Oilers have dominated with the man advantage and have been strong down a man as well. The Canucks will need to step up on special teams if they want to win this one. If either team can score on the power play, it could be the difference in the game.

Goaltending Comparison

Mikko Koskinen will likely get the start in the net for Edmonton in this one. Koskinen has earned a record of 3-1 throughout his four outings. He has posted a save percentage of .926 and a 2.62 GAA in those starts. Koskinen stopped 29 of 33 shots in his last start against the Philadelphia Flyers in the losing effort.

I expect Thatcher Demko to get the nod in the crease for the Canucks on Saturday night. Demko has started in six games this season, going 3-2-1 in those matchups. He has put up a .921 save percentage and a GAA of 2.62 in his performances. Demko’s last start was against the Minnesota Wild. He finished with 27 saves on 30 shots in the losing effort.

These two goalies have come out strong this season and will look for a big win in this one. Koskinen has stepped up in a big way with Mike Smith going down with injury. Demko has been off to a fast start and will look to grab a big win in this one. If either goalie can control the pace early, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

The Canucks lost in their first game against Edmonton this season, but will look to earn a big win in this one. Vancouver has the edge in net in my opinion, which could help them earn a win. The Canucks need to avoid the penalty box with how hot Edmonton’s power play is. If Vancouver can grab an early lead in this one, I think they can pull off the upset at home.

BetOnline has Edmonton listed as a -144 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Oilers will win this game around 59 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with it being in Vancouver. The Canucks have not won at home yet, but I think they can turn that around on Saturday. As big underdogs at home, I like the value on Vancouver.

The Bet
Vancouver Canucks
+130
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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