NHL Betting: Edmonton Oilers Will Prove Too Slick For Vancouver


The Oilers will end their losing streak tonight when they face an equally poor Vancouver side, says Unibet columnist Mike Fuller...

Columbus Blue Jackets 2.60, the Draw 3.70, Los Angeles Kings 2.40 (BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 00.05 GMT)

Columbus' win streak is entering impressive territory at six in a row now and it's pushed them into a playoff spot.

LA will be the highest placed side they've faced off with as part of that run but the Jackets are scoring goals, look like the confident side that so narrowly missed out last season after roaring back into contention and should be optimistic about their chances.

The Kings suffered a tough loss in Boston yesterday afternoon and perhaps surprisingly are in a rut of only one win in seven on their travels. As the best defensive side in the league they'll always compete but you can see just how important keeping a lid on the opposing offence is when they haven't won a game since the opening month of the season when allowing more than two goals.

A hot team versus a potentially tired one, I like Columbus' chances at 2.70.

 

Edmonton Oilers 2.85, the Draw 3.80, Vancouver Canucks 2.20 (BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 02.35 GMT)

Because of a tough stretch of away games Edmonton are without a victory in four but the Canucks have been equally poor on the road recently and they occupy the visitors' locker room tonight.

The Oilers may have considered locking the door to their quarters tonight after Vancouver's coach John Tortorella tried to charge over and remonstrate with opposing number Bob Hartley during the first intermission of their coach with Calgary on Saturday, that combative win unconvincingly ended a three match losing run but a damning 15 day suspension without pay for Tortorella was announced last night.

Dallas Eakins might feel safer behind his bench however it's anyone's guess how seriously that will affect the Canucks during games especially if they are in need of some guidance. Pressing on-ice concerns will be their lack of scoring and to make matters worse captain Henrik Sedin's phenomenal streak of 679 games played; the sixth longest in NHL history, is set to end tonight because of a rib injury. In their most recent five away games they've scored five goals and only some outstanding goaltending has kept them close, when that doesn't happen there was the 9-1 thumping from Anaheim less than a week ago.

We know the Oilers have talent and can light it up at home on an increasingly regular occasion, I'm taking Edmonton and might even go as for as to encourage them with a handicap for 4.20.

Best Bet: Edmonton Oilers to win at 2.90.