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Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks Pick & Prediction FEB 25TH 2021

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The Vancouver Canucks are becoming quite adept at building an early lead ... and then blowing it.

The Canucks dropped a 4-3 decision to the Edmonton Oilers at home on Tuesday after jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first period. It was the second straight game the Canucks blew a multiple-goal lead.

"I'm getting sick and tired of having leads and giving them back and playing well in periods in the game and then not playing a full 60 minutes," said forward Bo Horvat. "Again, we did it (Tuesday) and it came back to bite us."

Horvat made it 1-0 just 66 seconds in, and then Tyler Myers and Elias Pettersson scored to get up to 3-0. But the Canucks failed to contain Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, the league's No. 1 and 2 scorers with 38 and 33 points, respectively.

Draisaitl had three assists and McDavid notched the tying goal in the third period. Dominik Kahun chipped in two goals and Tyler Ennis logged the game-winner at 13:25 of the third.

"You give players like that time and space and the ability to take over a hockey game, and they're going to do it," Horvat said of McDavid and Draisaitl. "It's frustrating, but it just shows we have to mature."

The Canucks, who've won just two of their last 12, get another shot at the Oilers on Thursday with the backend of a doubleheader.

Myers said the secret is in shaking off the setbacks, such as Kahun's second goal, which was scored just 55 seconds into the third.

"We have to know how to respond, how to play, how to get on them and how to get some momentum back for us," Myers said.

The Oilers, of course, couldn't complain about the swing in momentum.

"After the second, we were talking in the locker room that if we keep getting the pucks to the net and play our game, we were going to turn this game around, and it worked well," Kahun said of the Oilers' resilience. "It was a very special comeback today and we're very proud."

The Oilers have won four in a row and seven of their last eight. Mike Smith made 30 saves for the Oilers and is 5-0-0 to start a season for the first time in 15 NHL campaigns.

He let out a yell and pumped his fists when the clock hit zero.

"That win right there carries some weight to it," Smith said. "I think our team was feeling really good after that game, and hopefully we gain a lot of confidence from it."

He withstood a late push by the Canucks, who outshot the Oilers 13-10 in the third period and 33-29 overall.

"I've been in a lot of games where it can go one of two ways, and I didn't want it to go the wrong way," Smith said. "I just told myself, 'Let's just try to keep the team in the game here.' I know we can score goals. I know we can play a lot better than we did in the first, and we showed that, and we got a massive, massive two points."

--Field Level Media

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Last 10

W 70% L 30%
7 3
  • Toronto L 3 - 0
  • Toronto L 4 - 0
  • @Vancouver W 3 - 0
  • @Vancouver W 4 - 3
  • Calgary W 1 - 7
  • @Calgary W 2 - 1
  • Winnipeg W 2 - 3
  • Winnipeg L 6 - 5
  • @Montreal W 3 - 0
  • @Ottawa W 3 - 2
W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • @Winnipeg W 4 - 0
  • Edmonton L 3 - 0
  • Edmonton L 4 - 3
  • Winnipeg L 4 - 3
  • Winnipeg L 2 - 0
  • @Calgary W 5 - 1
  • Calgary L 4 - 3
  • Calgary W 1 - 3
  • Calgary L 3 - 1
  • @Toronto L 1 - 3

Next Games

  • Toronto(03-01-21) L 3 - 0
  • Calgary(02-20-21) W 1 - 7
  • Ottawa(02-02-21) W 2 - 4
  • @Winnipeg(03-01-21) W 4 - 0
  • Toronto(12-10-19) L 4 - 1
  • Toronto(12-10-19) L 4 - 1
  • Montreal(01-23-21) L 5 - 2

Last Meetings

  • Oilers @ Canucks 3-0
  • Oilers @ Canucks 4-3
  • Canucks @ Oilers 2-5
  • Canucks @ Oilers 5-3
  • Oilers @ Canucks 2-4
  • Oilers @ Canucks 3-2
  • Canucks @ Oilers 5-2
  • Canucks @ Oilers 2-3
  • Canucks @ Oilers 6-1
  • Oilers @ Canucks 2-4

Eastern Conference

Toronto Maple Leafs164234 9-0-37-0-17855L17-0-2
Tampa Bay Lightning144129 9-0-15-0-36939L27-0-3
Florida Panthers134228 7-0-36-0-16760L25-0-3
Boston Bruins125226 5-0-17-0-45950L26-0-4
Montreal Canadiens96321 3-0-56-0-16560L52-0-5
Ottawa Senators815117 5-0-63-0-96692L16-0-4
Detroit Red Wings714317 4-0-63-0-85178L14-0-5
Buffalo Sabres610214 2-0-74-0-34457L32-0-7

Western Conference

Winnipeg Jets137026 8-0-45-0-36957L16-0-4
Minnesota Wild126024 5-0-37-0-35744L27-0-3
Chicago Blackhawks127226 6-0-36-0-47368L17-0-3
Colorado Avalanche116123 5-0-36-0-35542L26-0-3
St. Louis Blues118022 4-0-67-0-26767L34-0-5
Nashville Predators1011020 7-0-43-0-74964L15-0-5
Dallas Stars66214 4-0-12-0-54645L22-0-5

Eastern Conference

Carolina Hurricanes146129 6-0-18-0-57258L36-0-3
Washington Capitals125226 7-0-35-0-27369L16-0-3
Philadelphia Flyers114123 6-0-25-0-26154L26-0-2
New York Islanders116325 7-0-04-0-65649L16-0-2
Pittsburgh Penguins118123 7-0-14-0-76065L16-0-4
Columbus Blue Jackets810319 5-0-43-0-66277L53-0-5
New Jersey Devils78014 2-0-65-0-24552L24-0-5
New York Rangers79216 4-0-63-0-35052L14-0-5

Western Conference

Edmonton Oilers149028 6-0-68-0-37969L18-0-2
Vegas Golden Knights124024 8-0-24-0-25136L27-0-3
Calgary Flames1011222 4-0-46-0-75970L13-0-6
Los Angeles Kings97321 3-0-26-0-56056L26-0-2
Arizona Coyotes99119 6-0-63-0-35664L24-0-4
Vancouver Canucks914220 5-0-64-0-87285L43-0-5
San Jose Sharks79115 1-0-36-0-65371L24-0-4
Anaheim Ducks610315 3-0-53-0-54261L62-0-5

Last Injuries

Vancouver Canucks

  • Travis Hamonic

    Upper Body
    Early March | I-R

    Hamonic has been designated for the long-term injured reserve list with an upper-body injury, and he is not expected to return until the beginning of March.

Edmonton Oilers

  • William Lagesson

    Upper Body
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Lagesson has been posted to the injured reserve list with an undefined injury, and there is no timetable for return.

  • James Neal

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Neal has sat out the last four games due to an unspecified ailment, and it is unknown if he will be available for Wednesday's showdown versus the Maple Leafs.

  • Slater Koekkoek

    out for season | I-R

    Koekkoek has been shifted to the long-term injured reserve list with a fractured collarbone, and he is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season.

  • Kailer Yamamoto

    Prob Tues | probable

    Yamamoto was lifted from the previous contest with an unspecified ailment, but it is anticipated that he will take on the Canucks on Tuesday.