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Moneyline favors Canucks in battle with Oilers

Edmonton Oilers

Vancouver Canucks
11-19-3 December 13, 2013, 09:00 PM | Rogers Arena 17-10-5

The Vancouver Canucks battle the visiting Edmonton Oilers on Friday in NHL betting action at Rogers Arena.

Supporters of the Oilers have seen them go 11-19-3 so far this season, while the Canucks are at 17-10-5. In totals betting, the Canucks are 9-17-6, while the Oilers are 18-14-1.

View Edmonton Oilers vs Vancouver Canucks Odds and Stats.

On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Vancouver sat as -191 Favorite over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

This game puts the Canucks, most recently No. 8 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Oilers, who rate a No. 18 in the latest survey.

Last time out for Edmonton, they were a 4-2 loser as they battled the Bruins at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Bruins at -144 were rewarded, while the 6 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Vancouver won its last outing, a 2-0 result against the Hurricanes on December 9. Bettors who backed the Canucks at -145 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (2) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Vancouver's No. 17-ranked offense (2.67 goals per game) against a Oilers defense that ranks No. 29 at 3.42 goals per game allowed. The Canucks powerplay has clicked at a 13.89% rate while the Oilers have a 82.76% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Edmonton at Anaheim, Sunday, December 15th
Vancouver home to Boston, Saturday, December 14th