Vancouver Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers Prediction, 5/15/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
TV: NHL Network
Mike Smith and the Edmonton Oilers (32-18-2) play the Vancouver Canucks (20-25-3) at Rogers Place on Saturday.
The Canucks will look for better times on the ice after their 4-1 loss to the Flames their last time out. Their starts in the offensive zone sat at 57.6% and they had a PDO of 91.8 for this game. They compiled 24 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 21 attempts to control the puck. Their Fenwick came in at 33 and the Fenwick against finished at 38, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 46.5%. The Corsi for the Canucks was 39 and the Corsi against was 48 which means they had a Corsi rate of 44.8%. Vancouver compiled 2 mins in the box in this game. Additionally, they had 1 power play opportunity but didn't convert it into a score. The Canucks could have played much better offensively in this defeat. In the game, they converted 1 out of the 25 shots they put on goal.
When discussing their goal scoring prowess, the Vancouver Canucks have earned 133 goals (29th in hockey) over the course of the season and have allowed 172. For the season, they have earned 43 points and their points percentage sits at .448. Vancouver comes into tonight with 132 power play chances and they have scored 24 goals during those advantages, giving them a rate of 18.18%. When playing at even strength, the Canucks have allowed 137 goals while scoring 109 on the offensive side of the ice. Vancouver has attempted 1,508 shots and has a shooting percentage of 8.8%. The Canucks have had 1,734 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .901. Vancouver Canucks opponents have 156 power play opportunities (18th in hockey) and have come away with 35 goals in those attempts.
The man in net for this game is Thatcher Demko. The opposition has racked up 203 goals versus Demko in his pro career and his goals against average per game is 2.98. Demko has played in 70 matchups over the course of his hockey career. His save percentage currently sits at .909 during his 4,091 mins played. He has compiled an overall mark of 32-31-4 and was named the starter in 67 games. For his professional hockey career, Demko has accumulated 38 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .567. Demko has had 2,232 shot attempts taken against him and has gathered 2,029 total saves.
In their last contest, Edmonton played the Canadiens in a game where the Oilers notched a win by a final of 4-3. Edmonton had a 40.5% Corsi rate. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Edmonton had and they showed out in this one. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 42.4% by earning a Fenwick of 28 and the Canadiens having accrued a 38 Fenwick at even strength. Their PDO was 103 and their oZS percentage was 38.1%. The Oilers earned 4 goals out of the 22 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 opportunities on the power play in this game and tallied 2 out of those opportunities.
The Oilers have tallied 137 goals at even strength and 45 goals (2nd in the league) while on the power play. Edmonton has put up 1,642 shots (16th in the NHL) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 11.08%, while allowing their opponents 1,676 shots. On the campaign, the Edmonton Oilers have 182 goals, 66 points, in addition to a points percentage of .635. They have earned 163 chances on the power play and they have earned a power play rate of 27.61%. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 81.25% on the other teams 144 chances on the power play, and their save percentage currently comes in at 91.1%. They have permitted 150 goals to be scored by of a combination of 123 goals at even strength and 27 goals while they were shorthanded.
Across the ice you are likely to see Mike Smith defending the net. Smith has accumulated a lifetime mark of 283-254-76 and has played in 642 games. Smith's percentage of quality starts is 53.3% and he has accumulated 320 quality starts in his pro career. He has gathered 17,069 saves out of 18,715 shots attempted against him, which gives him a save percentage of .912. His opponents are averaging 2.69 goals per contest and he has relinquished 1,646 goals in total. He has started in 600 games and has accumulated 36,680 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Vancouver
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