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Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks Pick & Prediction MAY 4TH 2021

FinishedTV: SportsnetRogers Arena Vancouver

67Edmonton Oilers
68Vancouver Canucks

OP
0
6
CU
-1.5 +133
6o -110
ML
200
150
Partials
1 2 3
0 3 1
1 0 0
Score
4
1
Recap

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Connor McDavid's chase for a 100-point season amidst a truncated 56-game campaign has caught attention around the NHL. The Edmonton Oilers superstar and league's scoring leader has 91 points and six games remaining to reach the century mark heading into Tuesday's road clash with the Vancouver Canucks.

However, McDavid, who netted two goals and four points in Monday's 5-3 win over the Canucks, is more focused on the upcoming Stanley Cup playoffs, which his club officially qualified for in the first of four straight games against the Canucks.

"I'm trying to play the best I can and make sure my game is where it needs to be heading into playoffs," McDavid said. "It's a number. If I get there, great. If not, it's not the end of the world either. The most important thing is our team is gearing up for playoffs and making sure we're on all cylinders in game one."

McDavid, who has collected 20 points in the last seven games, has a solid reason for looking ahead. The Oilers (31-17-2, 64 points) may have won four of five games and have an outside shot of catching the Toronto Maple Leafs for top spot in the North Division, but they remember their inglorious ousting by the Chicago Blackhawks in the play-in round of last year's Stanley Cup tournament.

"Everyone left the bubble in a bad mood," McDavid said. "No one felt great about where we were at, how that series went. I think it was a good moment for us to step back and learn from it, learn what it takes to win. I think everyone's done a great job of buying in this year, believing."

Thus, we've seen a more business-like focus among the youthful Oilers, even after clinching a playoff spot.

"It's the first step, right, so we've given ourselves a chance at it now," defenseman Tyson Barrie said. "It's nice to get that 'X' next to your name, get that out of the way, and now we've got a shot to win the Stanley Cup. That's the goal at the beginning of the year and we've done a good job accomplishing that. Great to get that done, but a lot of work to be done still."

The Canucks (19-24-3, 41 points) are nearly out of chances to keep their playoff hopes alive. A five-game losing skid in which they've scored only nine goals has them on the verge of being eliminated.

When the Canucks returned from a nearly three-week hiatus due to a COVID-19 outbreak that affected nearly everyone, expectations were it would be tough to find a playoff spot, but they've fallen off a cliff.

That said, nobody can accuse the Canucks of quitting. They pushed for a comeback against the high-octane Oilers and even made it a one-goal game before a McDavid empty-netter sealed the deal.

"Our guys worked and competed," coach Travis Green said. "It's a tough loss and obviously their big line was a factor. We made a couple of mistakes on a couple of goals and they made us pay. We tried to push at the end."

The Canucks have 10 games remaining and must win them all plus get help to make the playoffs. It looks like they'll go down swinging.

"I don't think effort is our issue. We work hard every game," forward J.T. Miller added. "We've had the injury problem lately and a lot of new faces, but for me that's no excuse. We want to win. We're not playing bad, but we've got to do more against these teams that are playoff ready. These games are hard and we take a lot of pride competing in them."

--Field Level Media

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GAMES

Last 10

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

Next Games

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  • @Edmonton(05-06-21) W 6 - 3
  • @Winnipeg(04-06-21) D 0 - 0
  • @Winnipeg(04-06-21) D 0 - 0
  • @Calgary(04-10-21) D 0 - 0

Last Meetings

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

Last Injuries

Vancouver Canucks

  • Tyler Motte

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Motte has missed the last four contests with an unknown injury, and it is undetermined if he will take on the Oilers on Saturday.

  • Marc Michaelis

    Upper Body
    Out indefinitely | out

    Michaelis is bothered by an upper-body injury, and there is no timetable for his return.

  • Brandon Sutter

    Upper Body
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Sutter has sat out of the last three games due to an upper-body injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be available for Saturday's clash versus the Oilers.

  • Antoine Roussel

    Lower Body
    Mid May | out

    Roussel is out of the lineup due to a lower-body injury, and he is not expected to return until the middle part of May.

  • Elias Pettersson

    Upper Body
    Mid May | I-R

    Pettersson has been ticketed for the long-term injured reserve list due to an upper-body injury, and he is not expected to return until the middle of May.

  • Thatcher Demko

    Lower Body
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Demko sat out the previous game with a lower-body injury, and it is unclear if he will lace up for Wednesday's battle with the Senators.

  • Zack MacEwen

    Undisclosed
    Ques Wed | questionable

    MacEwan missed the previous game with an undefined injury, and it has yet to the established if he will take on the Senators on Wednesday.

Edmonton Oilers

  • Joakim Nygard

    Hand
    Out indefinitely | out

    Nygard is sidelined with a hand injury, and it is unknown when he will be available to return to the ice.

  • Kris Russell

    Lower Body
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Russel has sat out the last four games with a lower-body injury, and it has yet to be established if he will be available versus the Canucks on Saturday.

  • Gaetan Haas

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Haas has been absent during the previous three games due to an undisclosed injury, and it remains to be seen if he will take the ice on Saturday versus the Canucks.

  • Jujhar Khaira

    Upper Body
    Out indefinitely | out

    Khaira is absent from the lineup with an upper-body injury, and there is no timetable for his return.

  • Zack Kassian

    Lower Body
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Kassian has been moved to the long-term injured reserve due to a lower-body injury, and it is unclear how long he will be debilitated.