Vancouver Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers Prediction, 5/8/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers
Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
TV: NHL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (+160) Oilers (-185)
Thatcher Demko and the Vancouver Canucks (20-25-3) head to Rogers Place on Saturday where they'll meet the Edmonton Oilers (32-18-2). The odds on this matchup have the Canucks coming in at +160 and the Oilers are at -185. The total is set at 6.
The Canucks were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 6-3 win over the Oilers in their previous contest. Their starts in the offensive zone sat at 29.1% and their PDO rating was 120.4 in this game. They garnered 23 face-off wins when at even strength and lost on 22 attempts to gain puck control. Their Fenwick was 26 and the Fenwick Against sat at 45, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 36.6%. The Corsi for the Canucks was sitting at 27 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 53 which means they had a Corsi rate of 33.8%. Vancouver accounted for 18 mins in the box for this game. They also had 4 chances on the power play but weren't able to score a goal. The Canucks had a good offensive performance and it was apparent in this win. In the game, they netted 6 out of the 27 shots they looked to score on.
The Canucks have had 1,596 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .901. At even strength, the Canucks have conceded 123 goals while having 102 of their own. Vancouver Canucks opponents have recorded 156 power play tries (17th in professional hockey) and have notched 35 goals in those attempts. For the current campaign, they have 43 points and their points percentage sits at .448. Vancouver has tried 1,403 shots and has a shooting percentage of 9.0%. When it comes to their scoring, the Vancouver Canucks have tallied 126 goals (29th in the National Hockey League) for the year and have allowed 158. Vancouver has 132 power play opportunities and they have added 24 goals out of those attempts, giving them a rate of 18.18%.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Thatcher Demko. The opposition has scored 194 goals against Demko in his career and his goals against average is 2.97. Demko has participated in 67 contests over the course of his hockey career. His save percentage currently sits at .909 for his 3,913 minutes between the pipes. He has earned a record of 31-29-4 and he started in 64 games. During his career on the ice, Demko has accrued 37 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .578. Demko has seen 2,130 shots taken against him and has garnered 1,936 saves.
In their loss to Vancouver, Edmonton had a PDO of 80 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 70.9%. They had 5 power play chances in this one and scored 2 out of those opportunities. They had a Fenwick percentage of 63.4% by compiling a Fenwick of 45 and the Canucks having notched a 26 Fenwick. The Oilers scored 3 goals of the 42 shots on goal they tried. Edmonton had a 66.3% Corsi rate. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Edmonton played and you might say they have had worse games.
Edmonton has taken 1,551 shots (21st in professional hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 10.96%, while allowing their opponents 1,594 shots. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 81.25% on their opponents 144 tries on the power play, and their save percentage comes in at 91.2%. They have earned 163 power play opportunities and they have a power play percentage of 27.61%. The Oilers have tallied 125 goals at even strength and 45 goals (1st in the NHL) while on the power play. They have granted a total of 141 goals to be scored by way of 114 goals at even strength and 27 goals while they were shorthanded. So far this season, the Edmonton Oilers have notched a total of 170 goals, 66 points, and a points percentage of .635.
On the other side of the ice you will find Mike Smith in the crease. Smith is the owner of a career mark of 281-254-76 and has played in 640 contests. Smith's percentage of quality starts comes out to 53.5% and he has 320 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He has racked up 17,021 saves out of the 18,661 shots attempted, giving him a rate of .912. Teams are averaging 2.69 goals per game and he has yielded 1,640 goals in total. He has made the start in 598 games and has played 36,559 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Vancouver (+160)
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