Vancouver Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers Prediction, 5/6/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers
Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (+215) Oilers (-255)
Mike Smith and the Edmonton Oilers (32-17-2) play the Vancouver Canucks (19-25-3) at Rogers Place on Thursday. The Oilers open this matchup at -255 while the Canucks are priced at +215. The O/U opens at 6.
The Canucks will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 4-1 defeat to the Oilers their last time out. The Canucks offense left a lot to be desired in the defeat. In the game, they were able to notch a goal on 1 of the 29 shots they attempted. Moreover, they had 4 power play tries but weren't able to convert one of them into a goal. Vancouver compiled 8 penalty minutes in this contest. The Corsi for the Canucks was sitting at 43 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 47 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 47.8%. Their Fenwick was 32 and the Fenwick Against sat at 32, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 50.0%. They had a tally of 18 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 19 opportunities to take control of the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 35.3% and their PDO was 95.8 for this game.
Concerning their scoring capabilities, the Vancouver Canucks have notched 120 goals (29th in the NHL) this season and have given up 155. For the current season, they have recorded 41 points and their points percentage sits at .436. Vancouver is sitting with 128 power play chances and they have scored 24 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a rate of 18.75%. At even strength, the Canucks have allowed the opponent to score 122 goals while getting 96 on offense. Vancouver has taken 1,376 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 8.7%. The Canucks have had 1,554 shots taken against them and have earned a save percentage of .900. Vancouver Canucks opponents have 151 power play tries (20th in hockey) and have come away with 33 goals in those attempts.
The player in the crease for this game is Thatcher Demko. Opponents have tallied 191 goals versus Demko in his pro hockey career and his goals against average per contest is 2.97. Demko has participated in 66 contests during his NHL career. His save percentage is at .909 in his 3,853 mins played. He has compiled a mark of 30-29-4 and he started in 63 games. For his career, Demko has accrued 36 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .571. Demko has had 2,088 shots taken against him and has recorded 1,897 saves.
In their win over Vancouver, Edmonton had 3 opportunities on the power play in this one and earned 2 out of those chances. The Oilers scored 4 goals out of the 27 shots on goal they pursued. They had a PDO of 104 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 64.7%. Edmonton had a 52.2% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Edmonton played and they played a solid game. Their Fenwick rate came in at 50.0% by earning a Fenwick of 32 and the Canucks finishing with a 32 Fenwick at even strength.
Edmonton has taken 1,509 shots (23rd in professional hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 11.07%, while allowing the other team 1,567 shots. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 80.71% on their oppositions 140 chances on the power play, and their save percentage currently comes in at 91.4%. They have a total of 158 power play opportunities and they have a power play percentage of 27.22%. The Oilers have earned 124 goals at even strength and 43 goals (2nd in the NHL) while on the power play. They have allowed 135 goals to be scored by way of 108 goals at even strength and 27 goals while they were shorthanded. This season, the Edmonton Oilers have accumulated 167 goals, 66 points, and a points percentage of .647.
On the other side of the ice you are expected to see Mike Smith in net. Smith has earned a career mark of 281-254-76 and has played in 639 games. Smith's percentage of quality starts is 53.2% and he has made 318 quality starts in his hockey career. He has accrued 17,000 saves out of the 18,638 shots taken against him, giving him a percentage of .912. Opponents are averaging 2.69 goals per game and he has surrendered 1,638 goals altogether. He has made the start in 598 games and has been on the ice for 36,512 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Edmonton (-255)
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