NHL Betting Preview: Canucks vs. Oilers Game 7

NHL Betting Preview for Game 7 of the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers second round series.
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Tyson Cole
1 month ago
The two best words in the English language when used together: Game Seven. That’s what we have tonight as the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers square off for a spot in the final four. 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! 

Canucks vs. Oilers Odds

  • Edmonton Oilers Moneyline Odds: -165
  • Vancouver Canucks Moneyline Odds: +140
  • Puck Line Odds: Oilers -1.5 (+165), Canucks +1.5 (-200)
  • Game Total: 5.5 goals (over -115, under -105)
  • Time/Date: May 20th, 6:00 PM PST
  • TV: Sportsnet, CBC
All odds courtesy of bet365.

Last Matchup

Let’s just all agree to put Game 6 behind us. After the Canucks played their best game of the playoffs in Game 5, they responded with their worst in Game 6. Nobody had a good game; I don’t necessarily believe the Oilers had their best game, either. But their effort was undoubtedly better than Vancouver’s. 
The most detrimental aspect of this loss has to be their inability to test Stuart Skinner. He looked nervous and shaky out there right off the bat; why they didn’t try and throw everything on the net is beside me. Vancouver had the opportunity to get in his head early on after Nils Höglander was allowed to set up camp and start a fire, given how much time he spent in the crease before scoring. Höglander scored on the third Canucks shot of the game. 
There were goals that Arturs Silovs probably wished he had back. I’m curious if the workload is starting to catch up to him, considering the type of goals he let in. He allowed the Zach Hyman goal to trickle through him and over the goal line. Silovs was slow to react to the Evander Kane shot off the faceoff – I’m not sure; it was just a thought. I’m hoping for a bounceback from him tonight. 

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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 (7-5 SU, 9-3 ATS, 5-6-1 O/U)

By now, we’ve all heard the devastating news about Brock Boeser and his blood clots, which will keep him out for the remainder of the season. There are really only two outcomes. The team will come out defeated and flat, and it will be a blowout like Game 6. Or they can go out and play with an extra chip on their shoulder and “Win it for Boes.”
It all begins and ends with the Canucks getting shots on goal on Stuart Skinner. He’s been terrible in Rogers Arena this season. In the four road games against Vancouver this season, he has a collective 5.38 GAA and a .804 S%. All they have to do is start testing him and get in his head early and often. And if they can do that, and Tyler Myers and Carson Soucy bounce back against McDavid after they struggled last game, they’ve got a good chance to advance to round three. 

Handicapping the Oilers (7-4 SU, 3-8 ATS, 7-3-1 O/U)

Well, Vancouver found out the hard way what McDavid is like after they shut him down. When he was held shotless in Game 1, he had four points in Game 2. When he was held pointless in Game 5, he had three points in Game 6.
The Oilers did a great job of line-matching McDavid away from the J.T. Miller line. This allowed McDavid to have his second offensive explosion of the series. Edmonton got decent goaltending from Stuart Skinner, although he wasn’t tested often. Is that enough for him to return to regular-season form? If so, the Canucks may be in trouble tonight. 

Canucks vs. Oilers Injury News

No new Oilers injury news. Adam Henrique was out for Game 1 and returned in Game 2, playing 11:38 of ice time. He’s been out ever since.
Brock Boeser is dealing with blood clots and will miss tonight’s game and the rest of the season. That’s a massive blow for this Canucks roster. Thatcher Demko remains out but has started to ramp up his workload in warm-ups. We’ll see if he can return if the Canucks advance.

Projected Lineups

These are not the official lineups, just my projections.
Brock Boeser and Vasily Podkolzin are coming out of the lineup; Ilya Mikheyev and Sam Lafferty will draw back into the lineup. It’s another #ArtyParty in Edmonton tonight. 
No lineup changes for the Oilers skaters. Stuart Skinner will get the nod again for tonight’s do-or-die Game 7.


Team Betting Trends

  • Vancouver is 8-1 on the puck line in their last eight games as an underdog.
  • Vancouver is 7-3 over their last 10 games against Edmonton.
  • Edmonton is 0-5 on the puck line in their previous five games on the road against Vancouver.
  • Edmonton is 2-8 to the over in their last 10 games as a favourite on the road games against Vancouver.

Player Prop Betting Trends

  • It’s playoff time, and that’s when Leon Draisaitl comes to shine. He has a point in each game of this Oilers playoff run, with at least two points in nine of the 11 games. Against Vancouver, he has points in 15 of his last 16 games, totalling 25 points. He’s also cleared his shots on goal line in three of six games this series, averaging 3.2 shots on 7.3 attempts. 
  • Nikita Zadorov has cleared in all five of six games of this series, averaging 2.0 shots on 4.0 shot attempts. In his last seven home games, he’s cleared this 1.5 line in six games, averaging 2.1 shots on 4.3 shot attempts.
  • Evander Kane has points in four straight against his hometown Vancouver Canucks. So far in the playoffs, he has seven points in 11 games. 

Best Bets for Canucks Army

  • With Brock Boeser out, somebody needs to step it up. I think it’s Quinn Hughes’ time to shine and elevate his team to the third round. For this reason, we’ll be taking Quinn Hughes over 2.5 shots on goal at +100 odds.
  • I thought whoever won Game 5 would move on to win the series. Luckily for Canucks Army, that was the Vancouver Canucks. And while they couldn’t get it done in Edmonton, they’re back on home ice with the line-matching advantage. Bet on the Vancouver Canucks money line at +140 odds. 

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