Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks
NHL: Monday, December 23, 2019 at 10:00 PM EST
While the Oilers snapped their two-game skid in their last game they have not fared well as of late losing six of their last eight games. They are still closer to the top than the bottom of the Western Conference and on the season are a legit 11-8-1 at home. Edmonton has played pretty well on both sides of the ice for the season but in their last several games they have struggled on the attack.
After a three-game losing streak, the Canucks have rebounded by winning their last two games. The defense has been the main issue for the team this season and that has been the case in the last few games as well. Vancouver sits at 44 points in the Western Conference and in that conference, only several points separate the teams at the top from the bottom. The Canucks lost on the road to the Oilers in their first game of the season 3-2.
Finally, Some OffenseIn recently losing two games in a row the Oilers only scored three goals but then in their last game, they finally had a good offensive outing with a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens. They only had 26 shots in the game, as did Montreal, and they got off to a solid start with two goals in the first period. All three players that lit the lamp for the Oilers in Connor McDavid, Josh Archibald, and Leon Draisaitl also all had an assist. Mikko Koskinen (13-6-2 2.64 GAA) stopped 23 of 26 shots in the win. Mike Smith (7-9-2 3.14 GAA) is slated to get the start against the Canucks and he has given up 10 goals in his last two starts and the Oilers have lost his last five starts.
McDavid leads the NHL in points and while he has three assists in his last five games he had not scored a goal in four straight games before doing so in the win over the Canadiens. Draisaitl ranks 4th in the league in goals and he has two goals and three assists in his last five games. This duo has combined for 43 goals and three players for Edmonton have at least 13 goals.
Finally, Some Defense
The Canucks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 in their last game and in their previous four games they had given up 17 goals. In the win over Pittsburgh, which was at home, the Canucks only had 14 shots in the game, they gave up 29 and outscored Pittsburgh 2-0 in the first period. Four different players scored for Vancouver, J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist, and Jacob Markstrom (11-11-3 2.68 GAA) stopped 28 of 29 shots. He is scheduled to get the start against the Oilers, and he had given up 12 goals in three starts before only giving up one in his last one.
Four players have in double figures in goals for the Canucks including Miller, who had not lit the lamp in six straight games before doing so in the last game. Elias Patterson, who has three goals in his last two games, leads the team in points and goals and Quinn Hughes leads the team in assists but only has two goals on the season. Vancouver is 10-5-3 at home this season.
According to the betting trends from Oddsshark.com, the Vancouver Canucks are:
According to the betting trends from Oddsshark.com, the Edmonton Oilers are:
- 2-6 in their last 8 games