Saturday Picks: Can McDavid and the Oilers Stay Hot in Van City?

Flip Livingstone

2021-10-30

After what has been a heartbreaking and extremely tough week in terms of news coming out of the NHL, for obvious reasons, I think it's safe to say I am very much looking forward to getting back to what I do best: feed you winners on Saturday.

In terms of last week's picks, a Side Bets sweep pushed my overall record to a decent 7-5. However, still lots of room to improve with plenty of opportunity on today's board to continue to push the needle (and bank account balance) in the right direction.

A heads up, there were 12 teams in action last night, so be sure to double-check starting netminders and lineups before you start sprinkling wagers. Do your research. This is a recording.

Onto Saturday's board where we have 10 games awaiting. Will the Panthers push their unbeaten streak to nine even without Coach Q behind the bench? Can the Blackhawks turn the page with their first win of the season? Are the Oilers for real? Lots of questions. Can't wait to get some answers.

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2021-22 Saturday Record (Complete Record Tracked/Posted on Twitter @Flips_Picks)

Gold: 1-1
Silver: 0-2
Bronze: 1-1

Side bets: 5-1

Overall: 7-5

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Gold Pick
Edmonton Oilers @ Vancouver Canucks – Pick: Oilers

Don't look now, but it finally feels like the Edmonton Oilers found the right mix of guys to play alongside Connor McDavid. FINALLY.

Straight up, the Oilers have been good – and not just on the offensive end. Sure, the Zach Hyman-McDavid-Jesse Puljujarvi top line has been effective, and the first power-play unit that also features Leon Draisaitl is clearly lethal (tops in the NHL entering Saturday). But Edmonton has been showing out in its own end, too.

Solid early-season performances from the goaltending duo of Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen have the Oilers sitting pretty in second spot