Two teams that split their season series (two games apiece) last year, the Edmonton Oilers and the Anaheim Ducks take the ice at the Honda Center. Sportsnet West will showcase this Pacific Division matchup, which gets going at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 25.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks Odds
With a moneyline of -150, Edmonton enters the contest as the substantial favorite. The line for Anaheim sits at +130, and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-130 for the under, +110 for the over).
Edmonton is 33-29 straight up (SU) and has earned 6.0 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 62 regular season contests, 30 of its games have gone over the total, while 28 have gone under and just four have pushed. The Oilers are 18-14 SU on the road in 2019-20.
Edmonton comes into the match up with the first-strongest power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s found the net on 29.0 percent of its extra-man advantages this year. Its penalty kill is ranked third overall, and the team’s successfully killed off 84.7 percent of its penalties.
For the team as a whole, the Oilers have been penalized 3.5 times per game overall this season, 4.0 per game over its past five matchups total, and 3.0 per game over its last five on the road. The team has had to defend opponent power plays just 7.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Averaging 27.5 saves per game with a .911 save percentage, Mikko Koskinen (17-16-2) has been the best option in goal for Edmonton this season. If Edmonton chooses to rest him, however, they might turn to Mike Smith (17-17-5), who has a .905 save percentage and 2.87 goals against average this year.
Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid will both be relied on to produce for the visiting Oilers. Draisaitl has 98 points via 36 goals and 62 assists, and has recorded two or more points in 30 different games. McDavid has 31 goals and 53 assists to his credit (and has registered at least one point in 41 games).
On the other bench, Anaheim is 24-38 straight up (SU) and has lost 13.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. 33 of its matches have gone over the total, while 28 have gone under and just one has pushed. This season, the team’s 12-17 SU at home.
The Ducks have converted on just 14.4 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s ranked 31st in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 23rd overall, and it’s successfully killed off 77.7 percent of all opponent power plays.
Ducks players have been sent to the penalty box 3.9 times per game this season, and 2.0 per game over their last five home outings. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 8.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
John Gibson has denied 27.6 shots per game as the primary selection in the crease for the Ducks. Gibson has 17 wins, 29 losses, and five OT losses and has maintained a subpar .903 save percentage and 3.01 goals against average this year.
The home team offense will be led by Ryan Getzlaf (12 goals, 26 assists).
Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks Betting Picks
Prediction: SU Winner – Ducks, O/U – Under
Edmonton is 2-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Anaheim is 5-1 in shootouts.
For both of these teams, the over has hit in three of their last five matchups.
Anaheim has allowed 3.2 goals per game this year, but is giving up 4.3 goals per contest over its four-game losing skid.
Over Anaheim’s last ten outings, four of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 1-3 in those games).
Edmonton skaters recorded 26.7 hits per game last season, while the Ducks forced 23.2 hits per matchup.