Free NHL Pick: Oilers vs Canucks Jackets Prediction & Lines (Feb 23)

  • By
  • in NHL
  • Updated
  • The Oilers are 5-3 on the road this year
  • The Canucks are 5-3-1 at home this year
  • So far the two games played between the two teams are split 1-1

Both these teams find themselves towards the bottom of the North Division at the moment with the Oilers in fourth place with 18 points and the Canucks second to last with 15 points.

Still, both these teams are talented and have offensive attacks that that know how to put the puck in the net; the only trouble with both of them has been their defense to this point which is why they find themselves in the positions they are in. The question is, whose will step up first when they meet for the third time?

Oilers vs Canucks Schedule

  • Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • When: Tuesday, February 23, 10:00pm ET
  • How to Watch: ESP+, NHL Network

Oilers vs Canucks Lines (Vegas)

Oilers vs Canucks Preview

Oilers Trying to Breakthrough

Thanks to playing in one of the best divisions in hockey this year, Edmonton’s 18 points are only good enough for fourth place while in most divisions it would at least get you second. While a wild card spot in this year’s playoffs might be in the back of their minds, Connor McDavid has been all about winning for them.

Nhl: Edmonton Oilers At Montreal Canadiens
Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The young star has simply been doing it all for the Oilers tallying a crazy 30 points so far in just 17 games thanks to 21 assists and nine goals. However, Goaltender Mikko Koskinen and the entire Edmonton defense need to step up in order to protect the leads that McDavid generates.

They are allowing nearly 3.5 goals a contest while Koskinen has a losing record at 6-8. Edmonton wouldn’t even be having a winning season right now had it not been for the backup goalkeeping

Canucks Talented, But Can’t Get Their Heads Right

As losers of their last four out of five games, Vancouver is searching for answers to turn its season around. They average over three goals a game but nearly give up four in each of those at the same time. They were in fact averaging more but for three of these last four losses, they only lit the lamp once.

Nhl: Vancouver Canucks At Toronto Maple Leafs
Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

However, this is not because of any lack of talent. Right-Wing Brock Boeser has 11 goals already this year and is supplemented by Defenseman Quinn Hughes who leads the team in points but also has 17 assists. This just goes to show that no amount of goal-scoring talent in this division this year ever means you can go on winning streaks given that a high-scoring team is an average for most of these Canadian foes Vancouver plays against.

Oilers vs Canucks Prediction

Who wins NHL game tonight between Oilers and Canucks

I’m not sure who wins in this one, but either way, it will be high scoring since both these clubs can’t seem to stop any pucks from going in. When it comes down to it, I think McDavid is on the hotter streak which should continue against the Canucks.

Vancouver has displayed that even against lesser competition like the Flames they can’t keep the puck out of the net as well. Either way, the safest bet is the over goal total with lots of offense and no defense.

Oilers 5 — Canucks 4

Oilers vs Canucks Free Pick:

  • Over 6 goals
Connor had a passion for covering sports ever since he started as a freshman in college covering the University of Maryland's athletic events. He currently resides in Massachusetts keeping up with the day to day sports news and any new information in the sports business world. Also he is an avid Washington Football Team and Washington Caps fan!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.