Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks odds, picks and prediction
The Edmonton Oilers (12-8-0) open a two-game set on the road against the Vancouver Canucks (8-12-2) Tuesday for a 10 p.m. ET puck drop at Rogers Arena. Below we analyze the Oilers-Canucks odds and lines, with NHL picks and predictions.
Oilers at Canucks: Odds, spread and lines
- Money line : Oilers -130 (bet $130 to win $100) | Canucks +110 (bet $100 to win $110)
- Against the spread/ATS : Oilers -1.5 (+195) | Canucks +1.5 (-250)
- Over/Under : 6.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)
Oilers at Canucks: Projected starting goalies
Mike Smith (4-0-0, 1.83 GAA, .940 SV%, 1 SO) at Thatcher Demko (4-7-1, 3.31 GAA, .901 SV%)
Smith is confirmed for the Edmonton crease, and that has been a good thing lately. He has won each of his four starts this season, allowing two or fewer goals in each outing. Smith allowed just one goal on 21 shots in a victory at Calgary on Friday night, and he has been on fire since returning from a bout with COVID-19.
Demko won his final three starts of January, but he has been a train wreck since flipping the calendar to February. He is 0-4-1 with a 3.42 GAA and .883 SV% in five starts and six appearances since Jan. 30. He has allowed three or more goals in four of his six outings in February, too.
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Oilers at Canucks: Odds, lines, predictions and picks
Oilers 5, Canucks 2
Money line (ML)
The OILERS (-130) have won four straight on the road, and seven of the past eight as a favorite. Smith is due for a poor outing at some point, but he is showing no weaknesses right now. Meanwhile, Demko is leaking oil, pun totally intended, and it's hard to see him outplaying Smith.
Against the spread (ATS)
The OILERS -1.5 (+195) are worth playing on the road with a chance to double up. Smith is rolling along, and it's easy to see Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and company having a field day against the turnstile Demko.
The OVER 6.5 (-115) is risky business based upon Smith's recent hot run, but Demko has been more than giving. Still, I am not a big fan of 6.5-point numbers, so go lightly on this one. While the Over is 3-1-1 in the past five meetings in this series, the Under is actually 7-1-3 in the past 11 meetings in Vancouver.
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