Canucks vs Oilers Prediction NHL Picks Today 10/11
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- Oct 11, 2023, 12:58:21 AM
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NHL 2023-24: Edmonton Oilers vs Vancouver Canucks - Preview and Prediction
The 2023-24 NHL season is in full swing, and on Wednesday, October 11, a riveting Pacific Division duel awaits. The Vancouver Canucks will be hosting the formidable Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Arena. The game is slated to commence at 10:00 PM ET.
Edmonton Oilers: The Powerhouse Offense
Last season, the Oilers showcased their might by securing a 50-23-9 record, clinching the second spot in the Pacific Division. Their playoff journey witnessed a triumphant six-game series win over the LA Kings, only to be halted by the eventual champions, Vegas Golden Knights, in the subsequent round.
Edmonton's offensive prowess is headlined by none other than Connor McDavid who amassed an awe-inspiring 153 points in the previous season. Supported by Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who garnered 128 and 104 points respectively, the Oilers topped the league charts in goals per game and power-play efficiency. However, defensively, they placed in the middle-to-lower tier of the league.
Stuart Skinner is anticipated to be the shield between the posts against the Canucks. His last season stats boast a 2.75 GAA and a save percentage of .914. When facing Vancouver, his record stands at 1-1-0.
Vancouver Canucks: The Underdogs
Last Season Digest
The Canucks finished the previous season sixth in the Pacific Division with a 38-37-7 record. Their offense was decent, placing them 13th in the NHL for goals per game. Yet, defensively they faltered, ending up 25th for goals conceded and holding the least impressive penalty-killing rate.
Elias Pettersson is the shining star for Vancouver, accumulating 102 points last season. He was aptly supported by J.T. Miller and rookie sensation Andrei Kuzmenko. However, their goalkeeping was a weak link. Thatcher Demko, who's set to guard the net against the Oilers, recorded a GAA of 3.16 last season.
Given the offensive potency of both teams, and especially considering the Oilers' lethal attacking trio and the Canucks' defensive woes, a high-scoring game seems likely. With both teams averaging above 3 goals per game last season and considering their past matchups, betting on the over of 6.5 goals seems like an enticing option.
Pick: Over 6.5 Goals