A game that features two teams that have put themselves squarely in playoff contention, the Edmonton Oilers and the Florida Panthers collide at the BB&T Center. This East-West matchup will get started at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15 and it is being shown live on Sportsnet West.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Florida Panthers Odds
Florida enters the matchup as the heavy favorite with a moneyline of -160. The line for Edmonton now stands at +140, and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 7 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -110 money on the over and -110 for the under.
Florida is 30-27 straight up (SU) and has earned 1.3 units for moneyline bettors this season. That win percentage, the third-best in the Atlantic Division so far this season, is a welcomed improvement compared to how the team performed during last year’s regular season (36-46). Of the team’s 57 games this season, 34 have gone over the total, while 20 have gone under and just three have pushed. This season, the team is 16-13 SU at home.
The Panthers have converted on 22.1 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s good enough for 10th-best in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 25th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 77.5 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, the Panthers have been called for penalties just 3.3 times per game overall this season, 3.6 per game over their past five contests total, and 3.6 per game over their last five at home. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 6.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, overall.
With a .896 save percentage and 26.5 saves per game, Sergei Bobrovsky (21-23-5) has been the top goalkeeper for the Panthers this season. If the Panthers, however, choose to give him the day off, head coach Joel Quenneville might turn to Chris Driedger (6-3-3 record, .932 save percentage, 2.35 goals against average).
The Panthers will continue looking for leadership from Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov. Huberdeau (69 points) has tallied 20 goals and 49 assists and has recorded two or more points in 20 different games this year. Barkov has 17 goals and 39 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 33 games.
Over on the other bench, Edmonton is 30-27 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 4.0 units this year. Through 57 regular season outings, 28 of its games have gone over the total, while 26 have gone under the total and just three have pushed. As the road team this season, the Oilers are 15-14 SU.
The Oilers currently have the second-best power-play unit in the NHL, as they’ve found the net on 29.6 percent of their extra-man advantages in 2019-20. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked fifth overall and it’s successfully killed off 83.5 percent of all opponent power plays.
Edmonton’s players have been whistled for penalties 3.4 times per game in total this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five outings. The team’s been forced to defend opponent power plays just 6.0 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Mikko Koskinen (.909 save percentage and 2.91 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Edmonton. Koskinen is averaging 27.1 saves per game and has 16 wins, 15 losses, and two overtime losses to his credit.
For the visiting Oilers, much of the offense will run through Leon Draisaitl, who’s got 58 assists and 32 goals this season.
Edmonton Oilers at Florida Panthers Free Picks
Pick: SU Winner – Panthers, O/U – Over
Over Florida’s last ten outings, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-4 in those games).
The Oilers are 15-9 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 23-19 in games where they serve fewer than 10 penalty minutes, in total.
Florida is 3-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while Edmonton is 2-2 in shootouts.
The over has hit in three of the last five games for each of these teams.
Edmonton skaters have averaged 10.2 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 12.2 giveaways per game (ranked 27th).
Florida skaters have averaged 14.8 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 11.9 giveaways per game (ranked 26th).
Edmonton skaters have accounted for the league’s 12th-most hits per game (22.2).