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Canucks Look to Extend Dominance Over Oilers Monday Night

It is a short turnaround for both the Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks but both teams will meet Monday night looking to build off impressive wins from Sunday night.

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Edmonton (16-32-4-2) at Vancouver (27-17-3-6)
When: 10:00 PM ET, Monday, January 27, 2014
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Broadcast: SNET-W, SNET-P
Oilers vs. Canucks Betting Lines
Edmonton Oilers +1½ -165 +183 Ov 5½ +118 Ov 2½ +125 Un 2½ -155
Vancouver Canucks -1½ +145 -202 Un 5½ -130 Ov 3½ +140 Un 3½ -170

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The Oilers snapped an ugly six game losing streak Sunday with a 5-1 win over the Predators in their first complete team win in two weeks while the Canucks won their third game in their last four starts outlasting the Coyotes 5-4 in OT. Vancouver has won all three meetings in the season series thus far outscoring the Oilers 12-3 but Edmonton comes to town this time with as little confidence behind them.

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The Edmonton Oilers continue to flounder at the bottom of the Western Conference standings – they simply aren’t great, particularly in the defensive end. The Oilers surrender and average of 3.44 goals per game – not good in this day-and-age. But some optimism has come in the form of Ben Scrivens in a recent trade with LA. He stopped 34 of 35 shots last night and for once – goaltending gave this team a chance to win.

Scrivens is 1-1-0 in his last two games with a 1.51 GAA and .952 save percentage while Ilya Bryzgalov? He is 1-4-1 with a 3.90 GAA and .8789 save percentage in his last six starts. You tell me who should be starting between the pipes Monday night!
The Oilers enter Monday night’s clash with an average offense – 2.56 goals per game on average – just ahead of the Vancouver Canucks. With a wealth of talent on this team there is no surprise that the Hot List for the Oilers is fairly large. Jordan Eberle extended his point streak to five games Sunday (four goals, two assists) while Taylor Hall had two assists Sunday to extend his point streak to four games. He has five assists over that span. Ryan Smyth actually recorded two points last night, Justin Schultz has two points in his last two games and Corey Potter also has two points in his last two games.

The Vancouver Canucks have been playing a little better than they were during a 1-5-2 slide at this time last week but they haven’t exactly been convincing in their victories. Still, without Daniel Sedin and Mike Santorelli, the Canucks are getting results – three wins in four games culminating in a 5-4 win last night against Phoenix.

Last night’s effort was certainly one that the Canucks could draw some positives from. But the fact remains that some of the stars on the team are still struggling mightily offensively. Henrik Sedin has just one point in seven games – unreal! David Booth and Alex Burrows are pointless on four games, Jason Garrison has one point in seven games and the Vancouver power play is 2-for-34 in their last nine games overall.

Simply put – Vancouver is underwhelming despite winning three of their last four.

At least Ryan Kesler has four points (one goal, three assists) in the past four games, Chris Higgins has four points in two games including a goal and two assists last night, Kevin Bieksa has caught fire with two goals last night and Zack Kassian has three points in four games.

Expect to see Eddie Lack in goal for Vancouver Monday. He hasn’t been great lately but on the season has proven to be more-than-viable. Lack is 0-2-0 with a 2.89 GAA and .889 save percentage in his last two starts. Roberto Luongo is 1-1-0 with a 3.00 GAA and .898 save percentage in his last two.

That win last night was especially significant considering the Canucks had scored a total of just eight goals in their previous seven games.

Dave’s FREE NHL Betting Prediction

A few trends to consider:
• EDM are 14-54 in their last 68 vs. Pacific.
• Over is 11-3 in EDM last 14 overall.
• Over is 11-4 in EDM last 15 vs. Western Conference.
• Under is 14-4-3 in VAN last 21 Mon. games.
• Under is 25-8-5 in VAN last 38 home games.
• Under is 9-3-2 in VAN last 14 vs. Pacific.
• Under is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
• EDM are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings in Vancouver.

The Vancouver Canucks have not only owned the Oilers this season but they have fared very well against the Oilers on home ice the last few seasons. They are 15-3-2 in the series at home since the 2007-08 season. I think the trend continues. Vancouver enters on a high after last night’s character win as does Edmonton but on paper there is no doubting which is the better team. Vancouver has been winning ugly – but at least they have been winning!

Pick: Vancouver Canucks – 202


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