Edmonton Oilers vs. Canucks betting odds and handicapping preview – April 7

Canucks end regular season vs. Edmonton

The Vancouver Canucks will look to end their regular season on a high Saturday night when they host the Edmonton Oilers in what should be an entertaining affair. If the Canucks learned one thing on Thursday night, it is that despite their opposition’s lack of something to play for, no team should be taken lightly.

Edmonton Oilers (32-39-10) at Vancouver Canucks (50-22-9)
When: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, April 7, 2012
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Broadcast: CBC
Oilers vs. Canucks Betting Lines for Bodog
Spread: Canucks -1 ½ (+120)
Moneyline: Oilers +210: Canucks -232
Over/Under: 5 ½ goals
*NHL ATS Matchup Report*

The Canucks had momentum snapped by the Calgary Flames – now it is up to them to get it back against an Oilers team that has absolutely nothing to lose.

Vancouver needs a win Saturday – both teams they are fighting with for postseason positioning hold tiebreakers against them!

The Edmonton Oilers wrap up what has been yet another disappointing campaign on Saturday night but a win against the West’s best will act as a catalyst for a young team looking to build toward next year.

Edmonton has gone 4-3-3 in their last 10 games and despite the absence of Taylor Hall, the team has responded knowing that jobs for next year could be on the line.

Edmonton will end their season 17th in goals for and 22nd in goals against. Jordan Eberle (30 points in his last 31 games) and Ryan Nugent Hopkins, who will play in front of his home town crowd have been stellar all season long anchoring what has been a dangerous power play that ranks 3rd in the NHL.

The Oilers are young, they are talented and have a tough opponent night in and night out – they will be a challenge offensively for sure.

Although the youngsters have been stellar, the veterans have been somewhat disappointing – Shawn Horcoff is pointless in 10 games and Eric Belanger and Ryan Smyth have been held off the score sheet in their last four contests.

Edmonton’s defense has been a sore spot all season long but the play of Devan Dubnyk has given the team some hope toward next season. Dubnyk has gone 6-2-2 in his last 10 starts with a 1.87 goals against average.

The Vancouver Canucks were due for a letdown and that is just what happened in their 3-2 loss to Calgary on Thursday. Still, the Canucks have won seven of their last eight games and are 7-2-1 in their last 10.

Vancouver, unlike Edmonton still has a ton to play for – 1st in the West and 1st overall in the NHL is still up for grabs for a team that fancies themselves as the best in the NHL. One game could prove that they are indeed the elite of the league.

Vancouver will end the season Top 5 in goals for and against (5th in goals for and 4th in goals against). The absence of Daniel Sedin has hurt for sure especially on the power play that has gone 2 for 35 recently. But if there is a silver lining it is the play of some of their secondary scorers – Maxim Lapierre has three goals and two assists in four games and Chris Higgins has five goals in seven games.

Henrik Sedin has been better as of late with seven assists in four games and Alex Burrows has been perhaps the best Canuck with three points in his last two games.

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Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks Betting Lines & Handicapping

Saturday night’s game is huge for Roberto Luongo who gave up four goals on 15 shots against Anaheim. He will get the start in front of a home town crowd that has been especially hard on him.

Lou, outside of his bad outing Thursday has been good down the stretch but Cory Schneider and his 12-2-1 record since Christmas looms, ready to take over if Luongo struggles again!

It’s a trap; this game isn’t played on paper:

Vancouver is 7-1 in their last 8 overall and is 14-4 in their last 18 Sat. games. Edmonton is 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in Vancouver.

On paper, this game is not close but with the pressure completely off the Oilers, this contest should be closer than most think.

The Canucks played a sloppy game on Thursday and with some inevitable tinkering with their lineup, the sloppiness could be a factor once again. Edmonton has absolutely nothing to lose – it is their last game of the season.

Look for Special teams to be the difference in this one – Edmonton’s power play is hot and Vancouver’s is ice cold.

At +210, look for the Oilers to surprise and to put a little doubt into the mind of Roberto Luongo ahead of the post season.

Pick: Edmonton Oilers +210

Here are some interesting Player Props for Saturday’s game:

Dan Hamhuis Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Henrik Sedin Points
Line = 1.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Ryan Kesler Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Alex Burrows Shots on Goal
Line = 3.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Sami Salo Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)

Vancouver Third Period Goals
Line = 1.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)

Edmonton Shots on Goal
Line = 27.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)

Edmonton Power Play Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Chris Higgins Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (2.00) | Under (1.35)

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.45) | Under (1.80)

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