Two teams currently on losing skids, the Edmonton Oilers and the Minnesota Wild take the ice at the Xcel Energy Center. Sportsnet Oilers will broadcast this Western Conference matchup, and the puck drops at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 12.
Edmonton Oilers at Minnesota Wild Odds
Edmonton (+125) is playing the role of underdog to Minnesota (-145), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -120 for the under and +100 for the over.
Edmonton is 18-15 straight up (SU) and has earned 2.1 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 33 regular season matches, 16 of its games have gone over the total, while another 16 have gone under and just one has pushed. As a road team in 2019-20, the Oilers are 10-7 SU.
Edmonton comes into the match up with the second-best power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s scored on 31.6 percent of its extra-man advantages this season. On the other hand, it has the ninth-best penalty kill in the league, and it has successfully killed off 84.6 percent of its penalties.
For the team as a whole, Edmonton has been penalized 3.6 times per game this season, and 3.0 per game over its last five matchups. The team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 7.6 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Boasting a .914 save percentage and 27.6 saves per game, Mikko Koskinen (11-8-2) has been the best option in goal for Edmonton this year. If it chooses to rest him, however, Edmonton might go with Mike Smith (7-10-2), who has a .903 save percentage and 2.88 goals against average this year.
Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl will both spearhead the attack for the visiting Oilers. McDavid (55 points) has tallied 19 goals and 36 assists, and has recorded two or more points 14 times. Draisaitl has 19 goals and 35 assists to his name (and has registered at least one point in 26 games).
On the other bench, Minnesota is 14-17 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.2 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 31 regular season matches, 15 of its games have gone over the total, while 12 have gone under and just four have pushed. It’s 7-4 SU at home this year.
Minnesota has converted on 18.3 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 21st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.3 percent of all opponent power plays.
The Wild have been penalized 3.6 times per game this season, 3.6 per game over their past five contests total, and 3.0 per game over their last five at home. The team’s been forced to kill penalties just 6.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Alex Stalock has denied 25.6 shots per game as the primary choice in goal for Minnesota. Stalock has nine wins, eight losses, and two overtime losses to his name and has maintained a pedestrian 2.91 goals against average and a poor .906 save percentage this year.
Jason Zucker (11 goals, 10 assists) and Eric Staal (eight goals, 13 assists) will lead the offensive attack for the Wild.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Minnesota Wild Betting Picks
Prediction: SU Winner – Wild, O/U – Over
Edmonton is 2-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Minnesota is 1-1 in shootouts.
Three of Edmonton’s last five games have gone under the total.
Six of Edmonton’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 1-5 in those games.
Edmonton skaters recorded 26.7 hits per game last season, while the Wild accounted for 19.5 hits per matchup.