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Last Updated: 2017-11-09
The Prudential Center will be the site for a cross-continent tilt as the New Jersey Devils welcome the visiting Edmonton Oilers. It’s the last time that these two clubs will meet in the regular season. Sportsnet West will showcase the matchup, and the puck drops at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 9.
Edmonton Oilers vs. New Jersey Devils Odds
Edmonton (+105) is currently the underdog to Edmonton (-125), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under). After they originally opened at -120 over and +100 under, those O/U odds have shifted.
New Jersey is 9-5 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 5.7 units this year. That winning percentage, ranked fourth in the NHL so far in this young season, is a surprising turnaround from what the team managed during the 2016-17 season (28-54). Through 14 regular season outings, nine of its games have gone over the total, while five have gone under and none have pushed. The team is 4-3 SU at home thus far.
The Devils have been able to convert on 23.4 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s good enough for eighth-best in the league. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 19th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.6 percent of all penalties.
The Devils, as a collective unit, have been penalized 4.9 times per game this season, a number that has regressed some from last year’s 4.0 penalties per game the team gave up. After serving an average of 10.0 penalty minutes per game a season ago the team has had to stave off opponent power plays for 11.8 minutes per outing this year.
With a .919 save percentage and 33.0 saves per game, Cory Schneider (seven wins, three losses) has been the top goalkeeper for the Devils this year. If head coach John Hynes decides to give him a rest, however, the team might go with Keith Kinkaid (3-2-2 record, .903 save percentage, 2.88 goals against average).
The Devils will continue to rely on offensive production out of Taylor Hall and Will Butcher. Hall (17 points) is up to five goals and 12 assists and has recorded two or more points in four different games this year. Butcher has 12 assists to his name and has recorded at least one point in eight contests.
On the other bench, Edmonton is 5-9 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 14 regular season matches, eight of its games have gone under the total, while six have gone over and none have pushed. The Oilers are 2-3 SU as the away team this season.
The Oilers have converted on just 14.0 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that places them in the bottom-five overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 31st overall and it’s successfully killed off 69.6 percent of all opponent power plays.
Edmonton’s skaters have been penalized 4.0 times per game this season, a number that is pretty close to the 3.8 penalties per game given up last year. After serving an average of 9.6 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team has been forced to kill penalties for 9.9 minutes per outing this season.
Cam Talbot (27.8 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Edmonton. Talbot owns a 5-8-1 record, and has registered a .909 save percentage and 2.99 goals against average this year.
Connor McDavid (six goals, 11 assists) has been one of the most vital facilitators on offense for the visiting Oilers.
Edmonton Oilers vs. New Jersey Devils Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Devils, O/U – Over
After going 3-3 in games decided by a shootout last year, the Devils are off to a 2-1 start in shootouts this season. Edmonton was 4-5 in shootouts last year and has yet to participate in one this time around.
The over has hit in three of New Jersey’s last five outings.
The Oilers have averaged the league’s third-most shots on goal (36.9) while New Jersey has attempted just the 28th-most (29.5).
New Jersey has allowed 3.2 goals per game overall this year, but has allowed 4.7 goals per contest over its three-game losing skid.
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