For The Gamblers!
The streaking Vancouver Canucks head to Edmonton Saturday night to take on the Edmonton Oilers – a team hanging around in the Western Conference but failing to find any sort of consistency so far this year. They are a .500 club that has played like a .500 club. But the Oilers are on the cusp of a different level – it’s just taking a longer time to see it than most thought.
Vancouver Canucks (19-9-1-5) at Edmonton Oilers (13-13-4-3)
When: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 30, 2013
Where: Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta
Broadcast: CBC, RDS2
Canucks vs. Oilers Betting Lines from Bodog
Vancouver Canucks -1½ +215 -137 Ov 5 -121
Edmonton Oilers +1½ -255 +124 Un 5 +110
Canucks Head to Edmonton Looking for Seventh Straight Win
The Canucks come in to Edmonton right where they feel they belong – on top of the Northwest standings and riding a tidy six game winning streak. They have won four straight games on the road and they have won five of seven games at Rexall. Vancouver has outscored Edmonton 20-11 while winning five of the last six meetings. They gotta be confident coming into Edmonton Saturday.
It`s not like the Canucks are lighting it up at the moment – they have won six straight despite scoring just 13 times, going 1 for 15 on the power play in that span. But the Canucks got a little more going when they reunited their top line Thursday night, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, and Alex Burrows line combined for six points.
Daniel Sedin had just one goal in his previous 13 games but looked a whole lot more dangerous with Burrows by his side. Daniel has three goals and three assists in a five-game point streak in this series, while Henrik has three goals and 10 assists in his last nine road games against Edmonton.
Canucks fans can thank Cory Schneider from bailing them out during the recent offensive woes. He’s been in goal for all six wins during the streak and made 32 saves against the Avalanche on Thursday night. He has allowed only six goals in as many games. There are not many calling for Roberto Luongo to start Saturday night!
The Edmonton Oilers are a desperate club – 15 games left and in amongst a hoard of good teams battling for eighth place in the Western Conference. The scenario is simple – start winning or start looking toward next year. Edmonton looked as though they were falling apart this time last week during a 0-2-1 slump.
But they turned it around and have won two straight game – 3-0 against St. Louis and a 6-4 come from behind win against Columbus Thursday.
Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle have four points in two games for the Oilers on the top line and Magnus Paajarvi has two points in two games on the third line. Ales Hemsky though – 2 points in six games and Ryan Smith has 0 that’s 0 points in eight games. This is a tough bunch to figure out but one thing we know – the talent is there.
Devin Dubnyk will start in goal for Edmonton. He was good in relief against Columbus Thursday and has turned aside 64 of 69 shots against the Canucks this season.
Dave’s Won’t Cost You Anything Free Betting Prediction:
A few trends to consider:
• Under is 16-5-5 in VAN last 26 road games.
• VAN are 18-6 in their last 24 Sat. games.
• VAN are 44-15 in their last 59 vs. Northwest.
• EDM are 13-39 in their last 52 Sat. games.
• Under is 9-3 in EDM last 12 vs. Northwest.
• Under is 6-2-1 in EDM last 9 Sat. games.
• Under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Edmonton.
I admit – I have a hard time figuring out the Oilers and which team is going to show up on Saturday night. But I do know what the Canucks are going to bring – stellar goaltending and a team that does enough every night to win games.
The Canucks like it or not are on a different level than the Oilers.