NHL Betting Preview: Canucks vs Oilers Game 3

NHL betting preview for Game 3 of the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers second round series
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Tyson Cole
1 month ago
The Vancouver Canucks dropped Game 2 in overtime against the Edmonton Oilers, who evened up the series and took home-ice advantage. In this NHL Betting article, you’ll be up to date with all the current Canucks odds and trends from this series to help you win a little bit of extra money this playoff season! 

Oilers vs. Canucks Odds

  • Vancouver Canucks Moneyline Odds: +165
  • Edmonton Oilers Moneyline Odds: -200
  • Puck Line Odds: Canucks +1.5 (-150), Oilers -1.5 (+125)
  • Game Total: 6.5 goals (over -105, under -115)
  • Time/Date: May 12th, 6:30 PM PST
  • TV: Sportsnet, CBC
All odds courtesy of bet365.

Last Matchup

The Edmonton Oilers just had an answer to every Canucks goal in Game 2. Vancouver opened the scoring on the powerplay early in the first period, and Edmonton answered on the powerplay six minutes later. In the second period, Boeser tips in a Carson Soucy shot at 4-on-4. During the same 4-on-4 sequence, Mattias Ekholm takes a Connor McDavid feed to even up the game again just 23 seconds later. The Canucks had three separate leads in this game but only held the lead for 13:15 minutes of game time. 
Game 1 was like Game 2, where it was a tale of two different games. Except this time, the situations were reversed. Vancouver overall outplayed Edmonton throughout the first two periods, especially in the second. The Canucks outshot the Oilers 10-6, while having a 69.59% expected goals for percentage. Then the Oilers exploded offensively, outshooting Vancouver 15-2 and out-chanced them 18-4. At points, it looked like Edmonton had a powerplay for most of the third period at 5-on-5. 
With this level of play heading into the final frame, the Oilers had all the momentum. It felt like Edmonton was going to come out and try to end it early before Vancouver could get back into the game, and that’s exactly what happened. Ian Cole is the unlucky man who tries to get his stick in the passing lane but ends up putting it in the Canucks net to even up the series at one.

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Check out Daily Faceoff for all the updates regarding the line combinations and goaltenders for Tuesday’s matchup.

Handicapping the Canucks (5-3 SU, 6-2 ATS, 4-4 O/U)

It was a sad ending for the boys in blue. They got outplayed entirely in the final 25 minutes of the game, but that’s something to build off of. The level of domination should fire up the room to get that all-important road win to take back home ice. 
It was SO encouraging to see Elias Pettersson finally score in this playoffs. Getting him going is going to be a vital part of the Canucks success for this playoff run. While yes, he has been disappointing this playoffs, he’s been great away from Rogers Arena. Against the Predators, he had a point in all three road games. Tonight could be his night to make his mark on this series.
I’ve got to ask: when does the Arty Party run out? Is it so outlandish to consider a switch back to Casey DeSmith? I don’t think it’s Game 3, considering he looked great and kept the Canucks in the game in that third period. But he’s still allowed eight goals in two games. Casey DeSmith was in net against the Oilers at the end of the season when the Pacific division title was on the line, and he came up with a massive win and stopped 32 of 33 shots. I don’t know how likely that is to happen, considering how much Rick Tocchet seems to like him, but something to consider if things go bad moving forward.
This isn’t a must-win game by any means for Vancouver, but they need to walk away with at least a split during these next two games, or the lead might be too large to come back from. 

Handicapping the Oilers (5-2 SU, 2-5 ATS, 6-1 O/U)

The Oilers have all the momentum coming into tonight’s game. As soon as the third period started, they outplayed Vancouver heavily. Now, they have the home-ice advantage and all the favourable line changes. We’ll see how they play the matchup game with McDavid and Drasiaitl on a line together. 
Edmonton had a 28-9-4 record in Rogers Place this season, showing their ability to build off the home crowd. This should be troublesome for Vancouver, as they put their 3-0 road playoff record to the test tonight.

Canucks vs. Predators Injury News

Adam Henrique was out for Game 1 with an illness and is a game-time decision for Game 2. But the biggest news is Leon Draisaitl left the game in the second period with what was reported as “cramps,” but it’s the playoffs, and it’s lying season. Draisaitl missed yesterday’s practice, which is also considered a game-time decision. Those cramps must be pretty bad to hold him back from practice…
No new Canucks injury news. Tyler Myers got hurt in the first period and didn’t start the second period on the bench. He did return, but this will be something to monitor. Thatcher Demko remains out with a knee injury. His reported return won’t be until after Game 4.

Projected Lineups

Significant lineup changes for the Canucks, as Nils Höglander and Phil Di Guiseppe come out of the lineup for Nils Äman, and Linus Karlsson draws into the lineup. Karlsson, the leading scorer for Abbotsford, gets a big promotion playing on a line with Elias Pettersson. Äman is slated on the Canucks fourth line.
It sounds like it’ll be another #ArtyParty tonight as Arturs Silovs’ strong performance in a losing effort earns him his fifth straight start. 
In a move to protect Leon Draisaitl and his new injury, Kris Knoblauch reunited him with Connor McDavid and Zach Hyman on the first line in Game 2. Adam Henrique returned to the Oilers second line in Game 2. After a win, expect the lines to stay the same. Stuart Skinner is slated to start in goal tonight.


Team Betting Trends

  • Vancouver went 3-0 in their last three games against Edmonton on the road.
  • Vancouver and Edmonton are 5-1 to the over this season.
  • Vancouver is 5-0 on the puck line in their last five games as an underdog.
  • Edmonton is 1-4 on the puck line in their previous five games as a favourite.
  • Edmonton is 4-1 in their last five as a favourite.

Player Prop Betting Trends

  • After an embarrassing Game 1 performance with 0 shots on goal, McDavid exploded for five shots on nine shot attempts. He’s cleared his 3.5 shots on goal line in 55% of all his home games this season, averaging 4.1 shots on 6.2 attempts. Against the Canucks, he’s cleared in seven of his last 10 games, averaging 4.9 shots on 7.6 attempts. 
  • Brock Boeser has been one of the Canucks best offensive forwards this playoffs. He’s got points in both games this series and six of his eight playoff games, averaging a point per game. Against the Oilers this season, Boeser has points in five of six games, totalling nine points. 
  • Leon Draisaitl has a powerplay point in every game so far this playoffs, with nine points in seven games. The Canucks penalty kill was great in round one, but the Oilers have cracked the code and are sitting at a 50% in the series. 
  • Elias Pettersson finally got the monkey off his back and lit the lamp in Game 2. With his confidence hopefully back now, 

Best Bets for Canucks Army

  • Elias Pettersson finally got the monkey off his back and lit the lamp in Game 2. With his confidence hopefully back now and the Canucks are back on the road where he has a point in each playoff road game, we’ll be taking an Elias Pettersson point at -140 odds. 
  • The fact that Vancouver is 5-0 as an underdog to the puck line, while Edmonton is 1-4 as a favourite, we’ll be taking the Vancouver Canucks +1.5 at -150 odds.

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