Hockey Prediction: Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers
Sunday, February 19, 2012
by Frank Martin
After being held without a point in their last three games, Daniel and Henrik Sedin took out their frustrations on an overwhelmed Toronto Maple Leafs team, combining for eight points in a 6-2 thumping Saturday night.
The Oilers come in having dropped four of their last five, including a 3-1 loss to the visiting Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.
Vancouver Canucks (37-15-6): With so many close games on the ledger of late – Vancouver had gone to overtime or a shootout in 10 of its previous 15 contests entering Saturday – a good old-fashioned blowout was a welcome reprieve. It's expected Cory Schneider will get the start in goal after No. 1 Roberto Luongo held the Maple Leafs in check. Schneider saw plenty of action earlier in the season but has played just once in February, earning a 5-2 win over Minnesota.
Edmonton Oilers (22-29-6): The power play has been one of Edmonton's few strengths, particularly the first unit featuring Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. With all three having spent time on the sidelines – and Nugent-Hopkins still not back from an aggravation of a shoulder injury – the man advantage has fizzled of late, scoring just once in its last five games. Edmonton is still among the league leaders at 21 percent for the season.
1. Vancouver leads the season series 3-1 and has won seven of the last 10 encounters overall.
2. Both Sedins are averaging a point per game in four meetings with the Oilers this season.
3. Schneider has won 10 of his last 11 decisions dating to Nov. 20.
NHL PREDICTION: Canucks 5, Oilers 1.
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