Edmonton Oilers vs Vancouver Canucks Picks and Predictions May 18th 2024

Canucks Try to Ride Big Win into Road Clincher in Game 6

The Edmonton Oilers know that repeating their Game 5 performance will not cut it if they want to keep their Stanley Cup dreams alive. Down 3- 2 in the best- of- seven Western Conference semifinal series, the Oilers need to bounce back from Thursday’s 3- 2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks as they face elimination at home on Saturday.

Edmonton Oilers’ Situation

Facing Elimination

The Oilers lost control twice in Thursday’s game beforeJ.T. Miller netted the winning goal in the final minute. They started strong in the first period, but things snappily went south. Edmonton’s important power play came up empty on five chances, including three in the first period, while the Canucks took control in the second and did not look back.

” We have dealt with adversity throughout the year and handled it pretty well,” Oilers defenseman Cody Ceci said Friday.” I suppose now it’s time for all of us to bring our ‘ A’ game.”

Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl, who has scored at least one point in all 10 playoff games, emphasized the need to push through momentum swings.” You’ve got to find and produce your own momentum and we did not do that. We just have to be better.”

Game 5 Recap and Analysis

Momentum Shifts and Missed openings

Edmonton’s strong launch in Game 5 snappily faded as they failed to capitalize on power play openings and could not maintain their early momentum.J.T. Miller’s late goal sealed the win for the Canucks, pressing the significance of keeping up the pressure throughout the game.

In NHL history, the team winning Game 5 when a best- of- seven series is tied 2- 2 has a 231- 61 record in the series. This stat underscores how crucial the Oilers’ forthcoming performance is.

Vancouver Canucks’ Perspective

Closing Out the Series

The Canucks are looking to close out the series in Game 6 to avoid a Game 7, even if it would be on home ice. They set up a winning formula in Thursday’s game, dominating most of the play and firing 30 or more shots on goal for the first time this postseason.

crucial players Elias Pettersson and Nils Hoglander had their best game of the playoffs, responding well to trainer Rick Tocchet’s call for better performance.” Rick made changes as trainers should,” defenseman Tyler Myers told Sportsnet.” But I thought the guys in the room stepped up and responded.”

Crucial benefactions

Carson Soucy, back after a one- game suspense, and Phil Di Giuseppe, returning after the birth of his son, both scored goals in Game 5. This adds to the Canucks’ sense of occasion and urgency.” Looking back at the five years( since) some of us came in together, to be in the position that we are in now, you can tell nobody’s taking it for granted,” Myers said.” And it’s a ton of fun. It’s why you play the game this time of year.”


As the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers prepare for Game 6, the stakes could not be higher. The Oilers need to bring their best game to avoid elimination, while the Canucks have a golden occasion to decide the series and advance. With crucial players stepping up and high stakes on the line, this game promises to be an intense and thrilling battle.

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