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The Edmonton Oilers will be looking to extend their opening night winning streak on home ice to four games when they host the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday as -135 favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Edmonton closed out last season with the most points among Canadian NHL clubs, and trails only Toronto at +450 odds to win the all-Canadian North Division going into Wednesday night’s game at Rogers Place.
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A strong start to the campaign will be key to the Oilers’ bid for their first divisional crown since 1987. The Oilers’ schedule opens with home dates on consecutive nights against the Canucks, whom they will face 10 times during the abbreviated 56-game 2021 NHL season. However, the club has produced middling results against Vancouver, picking up the victory in three of their last four home dates, but in just six of their past 12 overall meetings, according to the OddsShark NHL Database.
Scoring has come at a premium during that stretch, with Oilers shooters averaging just 2.4 goals per game over their past 10 games against the Canucks. That has fueled a steady 7-2-3 run for the UNDER in totals betting when these two teams meet. Offensive struggles also haunted the club in last summer’s playoff bubble, with the Oilers scoring more than three times on just three occasions during a 2-6 season-ending run.
Wednesday night marks the debut of several new Oilers, including defenseman Tyson Barrie and forward Kyle Turris. But the club’s offensive fortunes will once again hinge on the play of superstars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. The big German returns to action as the reigning Hart Trophy winner, but trails the favourite McDavid as a +1000 wager to repeat.
Listed as +115 underdogs at betting sites for Wednesday’s contest, the Canucks open the season amid high expectations after getting to within one game of a berth in last season’s Western Conference Final. Vancouver was among the NHL’s highest-scoring teams last season at 3.25 goals per game, but the club was also among the leaders in goals per game allowed and compiled a weak 14-18-2 record on the road.
However, with their rebuild accelerating, the Canucks tightened things up considerably in the bubble, allowing just 2.53 goals per game in 17 playoff contests.