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The red-hot Edmonton Oilers will be looking to win five games in a row for the first time since early last season when they close a two-game set with the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night as -140 road favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Edmonton maintained its recent torrid pace with an entertaining 4-3 comeback win over Vancouver in Tuesday’s series opener, marking the team’s 10th win in 12 outings going into Thursday night’s matchup at Rogers Arena.
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The Oilers spotted Vancouver an early 3-0 lead before mounting an impressive third-period comeback on their way to victory as -135 chalk at betting sites. With Tuesday’s win Edmonton now sports a 10-2-0 record over its past 12 games. The team has fueled that run with steady play on the road, winning outright in each of its past five to join the Minnesota Wild with a league-leading seven away victories to date this season.
Stingy play has been the hallmark of Edmonton’s recent success on the road. The Oilers have surrendered just seven total goals during their current 4-0-0 run on the road, and have limited opponents to two or fewer goals in seven of their past 10 overall. However, that strong defensive play has not translated into dominant victories. Five of Edmonton’s past seven contests have been settled by a single goal, including three of the team’s past four road dates.
While the Oilers look to keep pace with the first-place Toronto Maple Leafs, the Canucks try to avoid a fourth straight defeat as they prepare for Thursday’s clash as +120 home underdogs. In addition to Tuesday’s loss to Edmonton, the Canucks also dropped a pair of home meetings with the Winnipeg Jets last weekend, and have now come up short in five of six contests at Rogers Arena.
The Canucks have been regularly set as home underdogs during a disappointing 8-13-2 start that has left the team stalled in sixth place in the North Division standings, a mere five points up on last-place Ottawa. Vancouver has sported positive odds in four of its past six home dates, and seven of 12 overall, posting just two victories in those contests.
The team has also struggled to produce consistent results against Edmonton. With Tuesday’s defeat, the Canucks have now lost three of four overall home dates with the Oilers, and have also come up short in six meetings with Edmonton that have been settled by a single goal.