Vancouver Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers Prediction, 1/14/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers
Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
TV: NHL Center Ice
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (+100) Oilers (-120)
Rogers Place is the site where Mikko Koskinen and the Edmonton Oilers will play the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. The Canucks open this matchup at +100 while the Oilers are coming in at -120. The total has been set at 5.5.
The Canucks had a rough game after their 3 - 0 defeat to the Golden Knights in their last contest of last season. The Canucks could have played much better offensively in the loss. In the game, they converted 0 of the 14 shots they put on net. They also had 4 power play opportunities but weren't able to score. Vancouver had a total of 6 penalty minutes in this matchup. The Corsi for the Canucks was 25 and the Corsi against was 65 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 27.8%. Their Fenwick sat at 17 while the Fenwick against sat at 40, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 29.8%. They earned 26 face-off wins and lost 15 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 37.0% and they had a PDO of 93.1 in this one. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Vegas Golden Knights earned 36 shots. They ended the game with 16 minutes in the box and they tallied 3 power play attempts.
The man looking after the net for Vancouver is Braden Holtby from Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. He is 30 years old and played 2,743 mins protecting the net last season. Holtby allowed an average of 3.11 goals against average which placed him at 25th among East goalies and 53rd among goaltenders in the NHL. Over the course of last year, he allowed 142 goals. He had a save percentage of .897 which placed him at 30th among East goalies. The Canucks scored a total of 224 goals which was 3rd in the Western Conference and 10th in the NHL. Their goal differential was +10, ranking them 13th in the NHL. The Canucks compiled a total of 78 points, which was 20th in the NHL and 9th in the West. In connection with shots toward the net, they compiled a total of 2,153 which was 10th in the West and 22nd in the NHL. As a unit, Vancouver had a total of 1,292 hits which means they had an average of 18.7 per contest. They compiled a total of 915 blocks last year.
The Oilers faced the Blackhawks in an outing where the Oilers ended up taking the loss by a tally of 3 - 2 in their final game of last year. Edmonton went home with a 58.5% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 55 while they surrendered a Corsi of 39. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 57.1% by way of having a Fenwick of 40 and the Blackhawks having a 30 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Edmonton played and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. Their PDO at even strength was 92.1 and their oZS percentage was 48.8%. The Oilers scored 2 goals of the 45 shots on goal they took. They had 5 power play attempts in this game but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. Regarding their opponent, the Blackhawks had 2 power play chances but were not able to score a goal. Edmonton gave way to 29 shots on goal and the Blackhawks racked up 11 penalty mins.
In goal for Edmonton is Mikko Koskinen who had an average season by giving up 2.75 GAA and that ranked him 15th among West goaltenders and 30th in the NHL among goalies. In the 2,117 minutes he played last year, he allowed 97 goals. His save percentage was .917, which had him ranked 12th among West goaltenders and 19th in the NHL among goalies. When looking at goal differential, they sit 6th in the conference and 14th in the NHL with +8. They earned a total of 223 goals for the season which was 5th in the West. Edmonton had a team save percentage of .905 which had them sitting 14th in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They had a shooting percentage of 10.6% which was good for 1st in the conference.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Edmonton (-120)
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