2019-20 NHL – Edmonton Oilers @ Vancouver Canucks Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Edmonton Oilers @ Vancouver Canucks taking place? Tuesday 24th December, 2019 – 03:00 (UK)

Where is Edmonton Oilers @ Vancouver Canucks taking place? Rogers Arena, Vancouver

What channel is Edmonton Oilers @ Vancouver Canucks on? Premier Sports

Where can I stream Edmonton Oilers @ Vancouver Canucks? Premier Sport subscribers can stream this match live via Premier Player

Where can I get tickets for Edmonton Oilers @ Vancouver Canucks? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Edmonton Oilers 3 – 2 Vancouver Canucks

THE TEAM NEWS

EDMONTON OILERS

  • The Oilers are coming off a 4-3 home win over the Montreal Canadiens, but they have been quite inconsistent over the last few weeks and have won just two of their last three games. The bad run of results has the Oilers in seventh place of the Western Conference standings with 44 points, although things are extremely tight as five teams have the exact same total.
  • Edmonton will be without Matt Benning, who is dealing with a head injury, and Ryan Mantha, who is out with an eye issue. Mantha’s absence will be a long-term one, as he has been sidelined until February at the earliest.
  • One player to keep an eye for the Oilers is star center Connor McDavid. McDavid already has 61 points (21 goals, 40 helpers) and 123 shots on goal through 39 contests, and he seems to be on pace to top what he did during the 2018/19 season, when he ended with 116 points in only 78 regular season games.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS

  • The Canucks have 40 points this season and sit in 10th place of the Western Conference, just one point adrift of a playoff berth. However, they have shown signs of a potential turnaround and are coming off a 4-1 home win over the Pittsburgh Penguins that extended their winning run to two games.
  • Tyler Graovac has been listed as questionable with a lower body injury, while Thatcher Demko, Alexander Edler and Brandon Sutter are all out, but widely expected to return before the end of the year. Micheal Ferland and Josh Leivo are out for the upcoming weeks.
  • J.T. Miller has assists in back-to-back games, and he has been one of Vancouver’s most productive players this season thanks to his 34 points in 37 games. With 14 goals and 20 assists thus far, he can either score or create goals at will.

THE PREDICTION

The Canucks enter this game on a better run of form since they are coming off back-to-back wins, but Edmonton sit higher in the standings and have a better team all around. The Canucks, however, have a more productive attack (120 goals against Edmonton’s 115) and a stingier defence as well (113 goals conceded against Edmonton’s 120), so they could have an edge in this game. Especially since they’re playing at home against an Oilers team that is trending in the wrong direction of late.

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