This is a 1* free play on the Vancouver Canucks over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night (10:05 EST).
These teams have played each other twice this year: The Oilers won 3-2 in Vancouver on January 20th, before the Canucks won 3-2 in Edmonton on February 4th. The Canucks are 19-9-6 overall, and 9-4-3 on the road. Vancouver has won six straight, most recently a relatively easy 4-1 victory over Colorado on Thursday.
Edmonton is 13-13-7 overall, and 6-5-4 at home. The Oilers have won two straight, most recently a 6-4 victory over Columbus on Thursday (I had Edmonton in that one). Vancouver is rolling right now, as goaltender Cory Schneider has finally found his groove, giving up just six goals while recording two shutouts during his teams streak. Schneider is 1-0-0 with a 1.31 GAA in three appearances in Edmonton, while Oilers netminder Devan Dubnyk has stopped 64 of 69 shots in two games vs. the Canucks this year. So is Vancouver worth the price in this matchup? There's no question in my mind that the Canucks are the better overall team (just ask yourself, at even money, which of these teams would you take in a 7-game series?). There are no big external motivating factors working in favor of either side, and each will come into this game rested, and will not play the following night. In this situation, I'm going to lay what I believe to be a very reasonable price on the superior goaltender, and the overall "better" team. Why not consider a small wager on Vancouver in this one?