Rogers Place will be the site for an intriguing matchup as the Edmonton Oilers square off against the visiting Vancouver Canucks. This divisional matchup will get underway at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 30 and it can be caught live on CBC Sports.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers Odds
Edmonton (-140) is favored over Vancouver (+120), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been placed at an even 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -120 over, +100 under.
Earning moneyline bettors 6.2 units, the Oilers are 16-11 straight up (SU) overall in the 2019-20 season. That win percentage, the best in the Pacific Division so far this season, is a huge turnaround from how the team performed during the 2018-19 season (35-47). Of the team’s 27 games this season, 13 have gone over the total, while another 13 have gone under and just one has pushed. The team’s 7-4 SU at home this season.
Edmonton enters the matchup with the second-strongest power-play unit in the NHL, as it has converted on 32.0 percent of their extra-man opportunities this season. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked second overall, and it’s successfully killed off 87.5 percent of all penalties.
Edmonton, as a collective unit, has been penalized 3.7 times per game overall this season, 4.0 per game over its last five outings total, and 3.6 per game over its last five home outings. The team’s had to defend opponent power plays for just 7.8 minutes per game over its last five home outings.
Boasting a .920 save percentage and 28.3 saves per game, Mikko Koskinen (9-6-2) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Oilers this season. If they decide to give him a breather, however, head coach Dave Tippett could roll with Mike Smith (7-7-7 record, .911 save percentage, 2.66 goals against average).
Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid will both lead the way for the Oilers. Draisaitl (48 points) is up to 16 goals and 32 assists and has recorded two or more points 14 times this year. McDavid has 18 goals and 29 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 21 games.
Vancouver has lost 2.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year and is currently 12-14 straight up (SU). Through 26 regular season contests, 14 of its games have gone over the total, while 11 have gone under the total and just one has pushed. Vancouver’s 7-9 SU as the visiting team this season.
Vancouver has converted on 25.5 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s good enough for fourth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 16th overall and it’s successfully killed off 82.2 percent of all opponent power plays.
Vancouver’s skaters have been penalized 4.0 times per game this season, 3.6 per game over their past five games total, and 3.6 per game over their last five on the road. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 7.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jacob Markstrom (2.72 goals against average and .913 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Vancouver. Markstrom is averaging 28.9 saves per game and owns a 7-9-3 record.
Elias Pettersson (11 goals, 20 assists) has been one of the top playmaking threats for the visiting Canucks.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers Betting Picks
Free Pick: SU Winner – Canucks, O/U – Over
- The over has hit in three of Vancouver’s last five outings.
- Vancouver has managed 25.6 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Edmonton is averaging 31.2 shots per game over its last five home outings.
- Power plays and penalty kills may be extremely important in the outcome of this one. The Canucks are 5-11 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 8-8 when they’re in the box for fewer than 10 penalty minutes, total. The Oilers are 7-2 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 11-8 when they’re in the box for less than 10 minutes.
- Edmonton is 2-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Vancouver is 3-1 in shootouts.
- Edmonton skaters have forced 11.6 takeaways per game over its last five home games, an improvement over its season average of 8.8 takeaways per game (ranked 3rd in the league).
- Vancouver is ranked 28th in the NHL with 6.5 takeaways per game. That figure has trended down recently, however, as the team has forced 4.8 takeaways over its last 10 games and 4.2 takeaways over its last five.
- Edmonton might hold the upper hand if it’s a close one late. The team’s 7-3 in games decided by one goal, while Vancouver is 4-8 in such games.