The Edmonton Oilers (16-9-3) visit the Vancouver Canucks (13-10-4) at Rogers Arena Sunday at 10 p.m. ET. We analyze the Oilers-Canucks odds and lines while providing NHL betting tips around this matchup. The two teams played Saturday in Edmonton with the Canucks prevailing 5-2.
Oilers at Canucks: Projected starting goalies
Mikko Koskinen vs. Thatcher Demko
Koskinen has a 9-2-2 record for Edmonton with a 2.56 goals against average and .920 save percentage. Koskinen has bounced back from an uneven debut season. He stopped 46 of 50 shots in a 4-3 loss to Colorado on Wednesday night and Mike Smith started Saturday night.
Demko has a 5-4-1 record. He has a 2.92 goals against average and .907 save percentage on the season. The Vancouver goalie followed up a very good performance in Philadelphia with a less than desirable one in Pittsburgh. He allowed seven goals on 39 shots in the loss.
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Oilers at Canucks: Odds, picks and betting tips
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Canucks 4, Oilers 3
We’re backing the CANUCKS ( -121). They’re on the “home” end of the home-and-home here after surprising the Oilers Saturday, winning 5-2 behind Tanner Pearson’s four-point effort (two goals, two assists). Edmonton did not have an answer to the Pearson line. Oilers C Connor McDavid recorded his two points (goal and an assist), but the rest of the team was contained.
A $10 bet with Vancouver results in an $8.26 profit with an outright win for the Canucks.
Puck Line/Against the Spread (ATS)
The Canucks (-1.5, +190) against the spread compared to the Oilers (+1.5, -233) is too tough to call when familiarity breeds contempt. Playing the back end the night after usually results in one-goal games more often (also Vancouver has a 5-2-3 record with close games). AVOID.
The OVER 5.5 ( -154) is worth a small play. Saturday’s game hit the Over on a higher number at 6.5. Sunday presents a more conservative projection, but less of a potential profit. It may be a worthwhile trade-off as a goal drop makes a big difference. Plus, these are two teams that can light the lamp around three goals a night (3.1 and 3.3, respectively).
Placing a $10 bet here will profit $6.49 if there are six or more goals.
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