All NHL Canadian Teams Hit The Ice Before U.S. Thanksgiving Break
Edmonton Needs To Rebound In A Big Way
The Edmonton Oilers are one of three Canadian NHL teams who actually find themselves on the latter half of a back-to-back after playing on Tuesday night. But Tuesday's 8-3 loss in St Louis is a game the Oilers would quickly rather forget, and the fact that they are back on the ice just 24 hours later could serve as a huge positive in that respect. Edmonton has lost three in a row and five of their last six and are in desperate need of a win to go into the Thanksgiving break with at least something positive to hang their hat on.
The Oilers are in Detroit to face a Red Wings team that's already shut out Edmonton earlier this year. The 4-0 win by the Wings back in Edmonton at the beginning of the month was a rough outing for this team and it could be argued that was were Edmonton really started to take a turn downhill. Getting revenge for that defeat is goal #1 for the Oilers tonight, and with Edmonton 5-2 SU in their last seven on the road against a team with more losses than wins at home, and Detroit being just 2-7 SU after having two full days off, the underdog price tag on the Oilers is quite attractive.
Can Vancouver Make It Two Wins In As Many Nights?
Like the Oilers, Vancouver played on Tuesday as well, as the Canucks were able to beat Philadelphia 5-2. It was just the 2nd win in Vancouver's last six games, and tonight they head into the break with the tough task of trying to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins on their home ice. Vancouver did manage to beat the Penguins 4-2 at the beginning of November back in Vancouver, but the Penguins are lethal in front of their home fans and the Canucks - who are the biggest underdog on the entire board tonight - will be in tough.
Although some bettors may hang their hat on the fact that Vancouver already beat the Penguins this year, this situational spot is absolutely brutal for the Canucks. They are on the back end of two games in as many nights, playing one of the best teams in the entire NHL, and have the revenge factor working against them.
On top of all that, the Penguins are on a 40-12 SU run at home, are well rested with 3+ days off (20-8 SU the last 28 times in that situation, and have beaten Vancouver in four of the last five visits made by the Canucks. The -200 price on the Penguins might be steep for some, especially after watching Vancouver win yesterday, but this has all the makings of a dominant Penguins victory and it's the only side I'd look at.
PK Subban Welcomes His Old Team To Nashville
Montreal is the third of the three Canadian teams playing the 2nd half of a back-to-back after losing 3-1 in Dallas last night. Tonight the Canadiens get to see a familiar face in PK Subban across the ice from them, and right now the Predators are rolling. Nasvhille has won seven of their last eight games overall and they've scored at least three times in all eight of those contests. If Montreal is going to win they'd better bring their scoring touch.
Like the Canucks, this situation sets up rather poorly for the slumping Habs who've lost four in a row. Montreal has only scored more than one goal in one of those four defeats as this team is severely challenged on the offensive side of things and could be on the verge of either making major changes up front, and/or deciding to tank away what is increasingly looking like a lost season. Nashville is too hot of a team right now to step in front of betting-wise, as Montreal's woes will need to be drowned at a Thanksgiving feast somewhere tomorrow.
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