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Road Trips And Home Stands The Story For Canadian NHL Teams This Week

Road Trips And Home Stands The Story For Canadian NHL Teams This Week

Big Road Trip Out East Could Flip Edmonton's Struggles Around

Edmonton was expected to be one of the league's best teams this year, but at 4-8-1 SU entering the week, the Oilers have got to start turning things around in a hurry. A four-game road trip to face Eastern Conference teams in the general New York area this week could end up bing a big one in that regard for the Oilers as games against the Islanders, Devils, Rangers, and Capitals are all very winnable affairs for Edmonton this week.

Yet, at the same time a poor outing during this four-game stretch would really put Edmonton behind the 8-ball going forward and that's definitely not what Oilers fans are looking for. At worst, Edmonton's got to finish this trip with a .500 record for the four games, and bettors should look to take advantage of some possible favorable lines Edmonton's way in a few of those games.

California Gauntlet Looms For The Canucks

Vancouver was able to get a 4-2 win over the defending champs on Saturday night and they do open up the week with a home game against the Detroit Red Wings. However, after that comes four straight on the road (Calgary, Anaheim, San Jose, Los Angeles) over the next eight days and that run of games through California is never an easy task. The Canucks have surprised many with their winning record so far, but bettors will learn a lot more about this team over these next games.

In all likelihood, Vancouver will be priced as heavy underdogs in these upcoming road games and well they might not lose them all, that's definitely not out of the realm of possibilities either. Vancouver was expected to be a bottom-feeder in the league this year and with only three home games left for the Canucks in the entire month of November, fading the Canucks over the next few weeks could be highly lucrative.

Toronto Back At Home And Looking To Make Some Hay

The Leafs finished up their own tough four-game road trip on Saturday with a 6-4 loss in St Louis. The defeat put Toronto's record on that week away from home at 1-3 SU and they've got to find ways to pile up a few victories over the next week. Toronto hosts Las Vegas on Monday night and then Minnesota on Wednesday before they deal with a home-and-home with the Boston Bruins on Friday and Saturday. This is definitely the time for the Leafs to build some momentum.

For that to happen, Toronto's still have to tighten things up on defense, something they did to a degree early in that road trip last week. But ending things with 11 goals allowed in the final two games had those poor habits creeping in again as this offense can't light it up every single night out there. Shutting down their opposition this week will go a long way in building defensive confidence again for this team going forward.

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